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22 May 1971 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Sarrazin ... William Popper

Barbara Hershey ... Jane Kauffman
Arthur Hill ... John Popper

Ruth White ... Mrs. Popper

E.G. Marshall ... Daniel Lawrence

Robert Klein ... Melvin Lasher

Sada Thompson ... Ruth Lawrence

David Doyle ... James Moran

Barnard Hughes ... Judge Vogel

Peter White ... Terence Lawrence
Tom Rosqui ... District Attorney Keller

William Devane ... Pilot
Gilbert Lewis ... Convict George Wilson
Albert Henderson ... Convict McCardle

Ralph Waite ... Detective Cromie
Joseph Attles ... Holmes
Beulah Garrick ... Josephine
Jack Somack ... Judge Palumbo
Maya Kenin ... Mrs. Conroy

Rue McClanahan ... Mrs. O'Mara
Ed Kovens ... 1st Guard

Charles Durning ... 2nd Guard

Ed Setrakian ... Policeman
Ted Beniades ... Traffic Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Larson ... Student (uncredited)
Jay Morran ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
Thomas Rogers (book)

Jon Boothe (screenplay) and
George Sherman (screenplay) (as George L. Sherman)

Produced by
Ronald H. Gilbert .... producer
Alan Shayne .... associate producer
David Susskind .... producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Kratina  (as Dick Kratina)
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
George Jenkins 
Set Decoration by
Ben Rutter 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Robert Laden .... makeup artist
Production Management
Terence A. Donnelly .... unit production manager (as Terence Donnelly)
Hal Schaffel .... production manager
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
Dwight Williams .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
John Jay Moore .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Dennis Maitland .... sound
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, nudity, drug content and brief violence
93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:11 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #22563) | USA:GP (original rating)

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William Popper:I have to go into court and play a part in a stupid charade to convince some judge that I'm not really me in order to receive some justice!See more »
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Let him go, 14 December 2012
Author: dbdumonteil

This is an offbeat drama;Michael Sarazin is perfectly cast as the lunar poetic young man ,who seems overtaken by events ,as he was in his lifetime performance in "they shoot horses don't they?".Although he's poisoned with protection,we feel how irrational how misfit he is in the world he lives in:the first sequence of the toy boat (model) and the bluesy lazy song by Randy Newman (heard twice) which fits the movie like a glove is revealing as is the sequence we first meet a member of his family ,the straight auntie ,in the apartment which looks like a time capsule of the early seventies:a Mothers of Invention cover ,a Dylan poster...

Even after what he has done,the whole family sides with him (because their bourgeois honor is at stake),but the hero feels an invisible menace ,something in the air in the country he lives in ,something which remains very vague ;A recurrent feature in mulligan's work :something is threatening in the shadow ;see" the spiral road" "the stalking moon" "the other" and even "baby the rain must fall" ;it's certainly not a one -year sentence which scares him ,but perhaps a society he cannot be part of because he is not prepared to accept a compromise,to be the "spit picture of cousin Terrence".

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