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Sweet Hostage (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 10 October 1975
An escaped mental patient kidnaps an illiterate teenage farm girl and takes her to his mountain hide-away, where they soon become friends and, eventually, lovers.



(teleplay), (novel)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Mrs. Withers
Sheriff Emmet (as Lee DeBroux) (as Lee Debroux)
Mr. Withers
Dehl Berti ...
Al Hopson ...
Mr. Smathers
Hank Smathers (as Bill Sterchi)
Roberto Valentino De Leon ...
Michael Eiland ...
Tom Martinez (as Michael C. Eiland)
Mary Michael Carnes ...
Dry Goods Clerk
Don Hann ...
Liquor Store Proprietor
Ross Elder ...
Hospital Attendant
Chris Williams ...
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An escaped mental patient kidnaps an illiterate teenage farm girl and takes her to his mountain hide-away, where they soon become friends and, eventually, lovers.

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At first, she was too frightened to feel anything but fear. See more »


Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Xanadu  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Linda Blair accepted the role hoping the producers would cast then-boyfriend Rick Springfield to star alongside her; after Martin Sheen was cast, Blair admits to "falling madly in love with him", although no real-life affair ensued. See more »


Overhead view of Leonard Hatch on highway escape hospital claims '35 years old', later, when the Sheriff gets fax info, states '31 years old' See more »


Sheriff Emmet: What's your name?
Leonard Hatch: Me?
Sheriff Emmet: Uh huh.
Leonard Hatch: Roger B. McDivett, sir.
Sheriff Emmet: What's the B stand for?
Leonard Hatch: Bananas.
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References To Tell the Truth (1969) See more »


Strangers on a Carousel
Music by George Barrie ASCAP
Lyrics by Bob Larimer ASCAP
Sung by Stephen Schwartz (as Steven Michael Schwartz)
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Love comes from sources unknown.
17 February 2000 | by (Carteret NJ) – See all my reviews

I saw this film over 25 years ago I was very young, but it left a deep impression in my heart, this was a very touching movie that stayed with me for all these years, I only saw this movie that one time, but I never forgot about it, I did however forget the name of the movie, but I never forget the two main characters; Linda Blair and Martin Sheen they were absolutely fabulous. Why did they not make more movies together. I will always keep this movie in my memories. I hope to see it again soon as would like to have a copy of my own to watch whenever I want. Sweet Hostage was and still is Sweet Brilliance!!!!.

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