The Longest Night (1972)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  12 September 1972 (USA)
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Daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin, while her family and the police search for her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Chambers
John Danbury
Norma Chambers
Skye Aubrey ...
Ellen Gunther
Sallie Shockley ...
Karen Chambers
Harvey Eaton
Father Chase
Agent Jones
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Frank Cavanaugh
Dr. Steven Clay
Officer Clark
Antony Carbone ...
Officer Jackson


Daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin, while her family and the police search for her.

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She was kidnapped and buried alive for four agonizing days. The headlines reported it. Now you'll be chilled by it. See more »




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12 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Den längsta natten  »

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A 'documentary' feel to this fact-based drama
8 February 2007 | by (Birkenhead, England) – See all my reviews

I remembered seeing this movie on UK television a couple of times when I was very young back in the 1970s and since then it has vanished without trace.

Only in recent years, with the memory of a kidnapped girl being kept in an underground coffin refusing to go away did I search on the internet and manage to identify this film and at last I've got hold of a copy and been able to see it again after all these years.

I was surprised how many well-known actors are in it and the fact that this adventure is based on a real-life incident will always give it that extra 'edge'. However, I found it very pedestrian watching it in 2007. The scenes unfold in a very matter-of-fact manner and yes, there's a certain tension because an innocent girl's life is at stake, but that aside I found it almost uninvolving at times. There's really not much effort made to really get inside any of the characters. We don't get to know any of the chambers family before the kidnap takes place on screen (the very first scene) so the impact of this shattering intrusion on their everyday lives is lessened.

David Janssen goes through a lot of worrying as the father but at no point during the film is he ever seen with his daughter, so its harder for us to see how greatly he's affected by all this - we never witness what his normal routine was like, what kind of a character he normally is, what kind of a change he goes through. Maybe he's always worried? Without much depth to the characters its hard for the actors to make much of their roles - there's a feeling that everybody is just going through the motions.

Nevertheless, the opening scene when Mrs Chambers is tied up and the daughter forcibly taken away is still dramatic and I'm not surprised it stuck in my memory for 30 years.

Overall - it's interesting to watch, but its really a straight re-telling of the facts rather than a carefully-crafted drama. It would be done a lot better nowadays, I'm sure.

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