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Bad Ronald (1974)

A perverted teenage boy who lives in the walls of a house finds the house sold to a family after his mother dies, and he falls for one of the new residents.

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Ronald Wilby
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Mrs. Wood
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Sgt. Lynch
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Mr. Wood
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Elaine Wilby
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Mr. Roscoe
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Mrs. Schumacher
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Babs Wood
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Althea Wood
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Ellen Wood
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Duane Matthews
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Sergeant Carter
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Mrs. Matthews
Angela Hoffman ...
Carol Matthews
Karen Purcill ...
Wanda (as Karen Purcil)
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A shy teenager accidentally kills a mocking peer's equally mocking younger sibling, and his mother helps him hide in a spare room in their house. Problems arise when the mother goes for an operation and dies, and the house is sold to a new family, with the teen still living inside. Written by Kyle Palkowski

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The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead! See more »

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23 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Indespærret  »

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When Ronald's mother is in the pantry waking him up, she has a tray at her feet. Ronald opens the door and hands the empty tray to her. At the end of the scene, the breakfast tray is gone, however, since the scene is shot in closeup's, she may have handed him the tray and he brought it into his room. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Wilby: Your parents won't be home until Sunday.
Babs Wood: [creeped out] How do you know that?
Ronald Wilby: I'm Prince Norbert, ruler of Atranta! I know everything.
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Bad Ronald...classic Vance
1 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Several people have commented on the bizarre fantasy aspects of this weird little movie...and for that we can thank the fantastic imagination of its author, the inimitable Jack Vance. Vance is better known as one of the most singular fantasy and sci-fi authors of the last fifty years -- his 'Dying Earth' stories are classics of the genre. Yet as far as I know, Bad Ronald is the only book of his ever made into a movie.

I'd love to see this come out on DVD, along with other classic ABC Movies of the Week like "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and "Crowhaven Farm".


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