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Sweet Hostage (1975)

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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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Dehl Berti ...
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Roberto Valentino De Leon ...
Michael 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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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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Originally featured as part of ABC's "Friday Night Movie" series. See more »


When Leonard leaves the cabin to go into to town to do the shopping, he leaves the shopping list on the table. Later, in the store, he is seen reading from the list. 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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18 July 2006 | by (Bristol, UK) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to have recorded this film on video many years ago, and it's always a real joy to watch it again.

A literate script, a totally involving storyline, Linda Blair's best-ever performance, and an awesome turn from Martin Sheen, all go to make up one of the best films of the 1970s.

A pity about the slightly OTT music soundtrack and naff song, and the film could have been a little longer. Also the much better book title of 'Welcome to Xanadu' should never have been dumbed down to 'Sweet Hostage'. But these are minor gripes about what is in any sense of the word a masterpiece.

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