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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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Hank Smathers (as Bill Sterchi)
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Juan
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Tom Martinez (as Michael C. Eiland)
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Dry Goods Clerk
Don Hann ...
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Ross Elder ...
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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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He captured a girl... but unleashed a woman. See more »

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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

Originally featured as part of ABC's "Friday Night Movie" series. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Harry Fox: Live long and prosper!
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Connections

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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Unforgettable!
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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