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A Little Game (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  30 October 1971 (USA)
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A hostile youngster who will stop at nothing to break up his mother's marriage is suspected of homicide, and his stepfather fears that he may be the boy's next victim.

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A hostile youngster who will stop at nothing to break up his mother's marriage is suspected of homicide, and his stepfather fears that he may be the boy's next victim. Written by Scott White <swhite@inconnect.com>

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Is this the face of a deadly psychotic who has killed once ... and is about to kill again?


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Merely decent seventies TV movie
12 March 2007 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

A Little Game is decent enough for a TV movie, although it's a long way from being brilliant. The film takes obvious influence from the likes of The Bad Seed, in that it follows a young problem child with murder in mind. There were some really good seventies TV movies, so while this one is OK in its own right, it pales in comparison to some of its counterparts. The main problem with the film is that the problem child fails to be intimidating and comes off as being more pathetic than frightening. Mark Gruner was clearly the wrong kid for the central role

  • and that's a shame as the film really rests on his shoulders.


Obviously, you can't expect great things from a film like this; but unfortunately this one does little more than merely tell a story, and the story itself doesn't have much more to it than just the central theme. I imagine that this may have been better when caught on TV in the seventies than it was for me watching it on DVD at home, but basically it hasn't aged well and there isn't much to it. I'm not saying it's not worth bothering with - but it's certainly not worth going out of your way for either.


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