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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.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Hank Smathers (as Bill Sterchi)
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Tom Martinez (as Michael C. Eiland)
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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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10 October 1975 (USA)  »

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Welcome to Xanadu  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Soundtracks

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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"They were like strangers on a carousel...the ride must always end"
14 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Martin Sheen gives a rich, rewarding performance in this memorable, underrated television drama. It's rare to find a film simply and honestly built on the budding relationship between just two main characters. Sheen's escaped mental patient and Linda Blair's kidnapped farm girl talk, fight, come to a mutual understanding, and finally become lovers. Sheen spouts poetry to tomboyish Blair, but he grows on her, and she to him. The scenes where they discuss the meaning of words like "symmetry" and "phosphorescence" is charmingly played, and Blair is right in tune with Sheen's reckless, showy abandon. This ABC-TV production, based on Nathaniel Benchley's book "Welcome to Xanadu", is let down a bit by the low budget (as well as by the romantic theme song which plays at the beginning and nearly gives away the plot!), but it has two terrific lead performances and a loose, brisk direction by Lee Philips. "Sweet Hostage" is mighty sweet indeed.


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