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Happy Mother's Day, Love George (1973)

PG  |   |  Mystery  |  17 August 1973 (USA)
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Also known as "Run Stranger Run", this small film centres round an adopted teen who runs away to what he believes to be his birth town and mother... See full synopsis »

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Also known as "Run Stranger Run", this small film centres round an adopted teen who runs away to what he believes to be his birth town and mother... See full synopsis »

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Flawed but interesting movie
15 June 2010 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting film in that it's one of the first cinematic efforts of a TV actor who would go on to become one of Hollywood's most famous directors (Ron Howard) and the sole directorial effort by another (at the time even more famous) TV actor, Darren "The Nightstalker" McGavin.

The interesting cast also includes singer Bobby Darin and McGavin's "Nightstalker" co-star Simon Oakland. But perhaps the two real heavyweights here are Patricia Neal and Cloris Leachman as two feuding sisters living in a small New England town. Howard plays the teenage son of Leachman, who she gave up when he was a baby due to a scandal which might have had something to do with the mysterious death of her sister's husband (the "George" of the title). The small town is also plagued more recently by the disappearances of a number of middle-age men (including later in "Jaws 2"). Howard's character quickly becomes a suspect when he returns to the town after many years, but there's also the two sisters, the mother's jealous boyfriend (Darin), and the aunt/sister's sexually precocious teenage daughter (Tessa Dahl), who speaks in an English accent for no real reason and immediately tries to seduce her own first cousin (who may be even MORE than a cousin).

Interestingly, despite its predominantly American cast, this movie very much resembles another early 70's Patricia Neal movie, the British film "The Night Digger". Tessa Dahl,who gets an "introducing" credit here, is Neal's real-life daughter and her father is Brit poet/writer Raould Dahl (which would explain the English accent,I guess). Raould Dahl had written the screenplay for "The Night Digger"; according to the credits he had nothing to do with this film, but the two films are strangely similar nevertheless. This film is brilliantly acted, suitably atmospheric, and well-scripted until the very end, which is very abrupt and pretty much non-sensical. The ending is definitely flawed, but this is still an interesting movie. I'd like to know more of the story behind it.


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