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Complete credited cast:
Melodye Amerson
Dr. Curtis
Valancy Carmody
Sol Diemus
Laurie Walters ...
Karen Diemus
Johanna Baer ...
Chris Valentine ...
Clement Francher
Stephanie Valentine ...
Jack Dahlgren ...
Andrew Crichton ...
David Petch ...
Dorothy Drady ...
Mary Rose McMaster ...
Anne Walters ...
Tony Dario ...


A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers who are attempting to repress and deny their heritage for fear of arousing prejudice and hatred in their human neighbors. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@ansel.intersource.com>

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22 January 1972 (USA)  »

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This movie marks the reunion between Kim Darby and William Shatner since they starred together in the Star Trek episode "Miri" in 1966. See more »


Referenced in Spare the Children (2016) See more »

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A better example of late 60's cinema than Zenna Hendersons books
12 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

If you ignore the connection to the Zenna Henderson stories, than this movie is an interesting example of a late 60's/early 70's atmospheric mood movie. It's all lingering shots of pretty young women moving through forest glades. People standing around in stilted poses, stiff dialogue, angst driven over/under acting. It's so slow and lethargic that there is none of the tension of the original story. The screen play is more interested in atmosphere and local color than a plot driven story. (Thank you Lucas and Spielberg for bringing back pacing and plot.) It's a shame they mangled the story the way they did, it wasn't necessary. Borrowing freely from other stories in the People series, they needlessly confused the clarity that Henderson created in her books. Kim Darby is miscast as the teacher, who should be a burned out but a spunky pragmatist who knew what she was dealing with, a Karen Allen type. Darby's overly sensitive interpretation is too hippy dippy to be true to Henderson's clear eyed approach to social alienation. Isn't it time for someone to take another crack at Henderson's People series. A nice Sci-Fi series maybe. After all, her stories are still pretty timeless.

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