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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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Mrs. Withers
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Sheriff Emmet (as Lee DeBroux) (as Lee Debroux)
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Mr. Smathers
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Hank Smathers (as Bill Sterchi)
Roberto Valentino De Leon ...
Juan
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 ...
Man in Bungalow
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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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Drama | Romance

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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

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 »

Quotes

Hospital Attendant: Oh, Excuse me, Mr. Kahn, Luncheon is served
Leonard Hatch: In Xanadu did I, a stately pleasure dome did decree. And there, from force of habit, I only dine with royalty.
Hospital Attendant: Your Majesty, your knights await.
Leonard Hatch: And my days, as well.
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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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Touching Performance and Story!
28 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Back when i first saw this movie I was in the Navy on the USS Enterprise. It was 1978 and I was 18. Very young and impressionable. I had been going thru the usual stuff most people that age go thru. A search for self and something I could believe in. So when they showed this movie on the ships TV I was on watch and sat their mesmerized as the movie progressed. The more i saw it the more i felt completely captivated by the main character martin Sheen played. He represented everything i was feeling and going thru. I felt like and outsider and that no one understood my true self. I found my self in tears and could hardly believe that there was someone who felt the same, even if it was a fictional movie character. I was deeply moved for days and found myself wanting to do everything from go AWOL and run away to commit suicide because there was just no way I could live in the world as I saw it and Martin Sheen saw it in that movie. I have never seen it again and hardly feel it would have any impact on me other than nostalgic but on that night far away on the Pacific Ocean, this TV movie Sweet Hostage was a godsend that I felt was meant to be shown while most the ship slept, I had a deeply spiritual experience. all from a movie! I chuckle now but it was one of my favorites for years until I finally grew up and got jaded and swept away in the typical pursuits of a young man..sex, girls and fast cars! Excellent movie.


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