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The People (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  22 January 1972 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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. Based on a series of novels by the late Zenna Henderson. Written by Molly Malloy <>

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Drama | Sci-Fi





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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 »


Edited into The Best TV Shows That Never Were (2004) See more »

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Somewhat entertaining, but a pale image of the Zenna Henderson story
26 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The People" is based entirely on one of Zenna Henderson's short stories, "Pottage", which appeared in the brilliant book "Pilgrimage: The Book of the People" back in the '60s. "Pottage" is the darkest of the stories, centering on a group of people living in fear and isolation in the tiny town of Bendo, and the teacher, Melodye, who learns the truth of their origins and the secrets they keep.

In the book you've already read about The People in two other stories so you have a good idea what's coming. In the movie this should have been a major bit of suspense... but it wasn't. The written story is far more compelling than what appears on screen. Kim Darby plays Melodye with warmth, but the frustration, determination, and courage in the story is somehow muted in her performance. William Shatner plays Dr. Curtis, who has a somewhat expanded role in the movie version. Dan O'Herlihy's performance as the stern Sol Deimus is the best translation of the character to the screen.

"The People" is entertaining if woodenly acted at times. If you find a copy and have an evening to kill it is probably worth your time, but by all means read the book.

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