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Five Desperate Women (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 28 September 1971
Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat captain who brought them here and the resort's handyman, ... See full summary »

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Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat captain who brought them here and the resort's handyman, Wylie, the island's only inhabitants. When one of the women is found dead, the others begin to fear the captain, who's been acting strangely. Wylie and the captain argue over the identity of the murderer, each accusing the other, and a fight erupts. Alarmed, the women attempt to leave the island, but the boat -- their only means of escape -- explodes and sinks before they can board it. Then Wylie comes to their aid, claiming to have killed the boat captain in self-defense and telling the women they're safe. But are they? Written by J. R. Gibbs

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Desperation time: TV murder-melodrama without a hint of suspense...
17 July 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

ABC movie-of-the-week from producer Aaron Spelling has five ladies, college friends from years before who went their separate ways after graduation, reuniting for a vacation on a remote island ("No phones...no interruptions...nobody!"); unfortunately--as we hear from a radio broadcast but the women do not--an escaped psychotic is loose in the area. Ted Post directed, and his use of point-of-view photography from the killer's perspective in one instance is very effective (and before its time). Still, there are really only two suspects in this thin scenario, and writers Marc Norman and Walter Black, working from Larry Gordon's story, are not interested in springing a surprise on us (no third-act plot twists from these guys). As the desperate women, Anjanette Comer, Joan Hackett, Denise Nicholas, Stefanie Powers and Julie Sommars do what they can with the mediocre material, but nobody stands out (not even Hackett, arguably the most talented member of the cast). By-the-numbers thriller is TV-tepid instead of suspenseful.


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