Down 133,812 this week

Can Ellen Be Saved? (1974)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  5 February 1974 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 35 users  
Reviews: 2 user

A young girl in search of spiritual enlightenment joins a religious cult, and becomes the focus of a struggle between her family and the group.



0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 301 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 267 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
list image
a list of 239 titles
created 27 Apr 2014
a list of 241 titles
created 03 Sep 2014
a list of 50 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Movie 1974)

Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Movie 1974) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Can Ellen Be Saved?.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Linda (TV Movie 1973)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman kills her lover's wife, then sets out to frame her husband for the murder.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Stella Stevens, Ed Nelson, John McIntire
Anatomy of an Illness (TV Movie 1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Biopic of Saturday Review editor and political journalist Norman Cousins who developed and promoted a self-made health therapy consisting of intake of large quantities of vitamin C and making oneself laugh as much as possible.

Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Edward Asner, Eli Wallach, Millie Perkins
Convicted (TV Movie 1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Fact-based story about a Tennessee letter carrier who was falsely convicted of a rape. However, his legal problems continue even after the real rapist confesses.

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Carroll O'Connor, John Larroquette
A Brand New Life (TV Movie 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After 18 years of marriage, a middle-aged couple has to face the prospect of having their first child.

Director: Sam O'Steen
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Martin Balsam, Marge Redmond
The Devil's Teardrop (TV Movie 2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Many people are left dead when a man known only as "The Digger" opens fire in a train station. A hand written letter is the only clue.

Director: Norma Bailey
Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Natasha Henstridge, Rena Sofer
Wife, Mother, Murderer (TV Movie 1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life of Audrey Marie Hilley.

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Judith Light, David Ogden Stiers, Kellie Overbey
Night of Terror (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Martin Balsam, Catherine Burns, Chuck Connors
Five Desperate Women (TV Movie 1971)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat captain who brought them here and the resort's handyman, ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Post
Stars: Robert Conrad, Anjanette Comer, Bradford Dillman
The Last Child (TV Movie 1971)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In a badly-overpopulated future, where each couple is only allowed one child and where people over 65 are forbidden medical care under a very draconian set of laws, a young couple, pregnant... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Michael Cole, Van Heflin, Harry Guardino
The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie 1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A couple decides to hire a second "wife"--somebody who looks good and works hard around the house--but complications ensue.

Director: Jerry Paris
Stars: Bill Bixby, Paula Prentiss, Myrna Loy
You'll Never See Me Again (TV Movie 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After a couple have an argument, the wife disappears. The husband searches for her, only to discover evidence that implicates him in her murder.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: David Hartman, Jane Wyatt, Ralph Meeker
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

John and Debbie Challender have been trying to conceive a child for ten years. Because this hasn't worked they adopted a son, but Debbie still feels she has missed out on something not ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Marilu Henner, Randle Mell, Linda Lavin


Complete credited cast:
Arnold Lindsey
Ellen Lindsey
James Hallbeck
Bea Lindsey
Christina Hart ...
Fred Draper ...
Mr. Worth (as Frederick Draper)
Jason Parker ...
2nd Street Kid
Fred Porter ...
1st Street Kid
Dorothy Dells ...
Phone Operator


A young girl in search of spiritual enlightenment joins a religious cult, and becomes the focus of a struggle between her family and the group.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

5 February 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of God  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Back when deprogrammers were the "answer"
12 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only saw this once also in my early teens, but it never left me, because Michael Parks was good and creepy as the "Messiah" of his little cult. Really, kind of a precursor to the real-life Jim Jones situation. One could see exactly how someone who knew better might fall into his clutches--- he's nice and supportive one minute, seductive the next (very edgy for a network made-for-prime-time-TV in those days!) The other other controversial part was Ellen's family's employment of a deprogrammer (based on a real one), as they were called, to basically pull a reverse brainwashing that didn't look nearly as enjoyable as the Michael Parks character's brand of conversion. In real life, there were lawsuits and questions of First Amendment and Freedom of Religion rights involved. Nowadays, the "cults" seem far more sinister, with their full potential for destruction revealed by Jonestown and others, and the current accusations of abuses by Scientology, etc. However, deprogrammers, for what they were worth, seem to have gone by the wayside long since, as far as "rescuing" and "curing" cultists go. Seems like their methods were co-opted by those Scientologists! I would love to see this old movie again, to discover whether it's still as good as I remember.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Can Ellen Be Saved? (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: