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Release Date:
10 October 1975 (USA) See more »
Was it a kidnapping.... or a rescue? See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Linda Blair ... Doris Mae Withers

Martin Sheen ... Leonard Hatch

Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Withers

Lee de Broux ... Sheriff Emmet (also as Lee Debroux) (as Lee DeBroux)

Bert Remsen ... Mr. Withers
Dehl Berti ... Harry Fox
Al Hopson ... Mr. Smathers

William Sterchi ... 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

Directed by
Lee Philips 
Writing credits
Edward Hume (teleplay)

Nathaniel Benchley (novel "Welcome to Xanadu")

Antonio Calderón  story (uncredited)
William Douglas Lansford  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Sidney D. Balkin .... producer
George Barrie .... executive producer
Richard E. Lyons .... producer
Original Music by
Luchi De Jesus 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Glouner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Jay Nicholson 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist
Charlene Johnson .... department head hair stylist
Production Management
Christopher Seitz .... unit production manager (as Christopher H. Seitz)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine McCabe .... second assistant director
Christopher Seitz .... assistant director (as Christopher H. Seitz)
Art Department
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recordist (as Richard Alexander)
James Pilcher .... sound mixer (as Jim Pilcher)
Vern Poore .... sound re-recordist
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recordist
Special Effects by
R.A. MacDonald .... special effects supervisor (as Robert MacDonald)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe: men (as Michael Harte)
Jeanne Malone .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Robert M. Ross .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Bud Pine .... location manager
Music Department
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Other crew
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor (as Lily LaCava)
Maxwell Meltzer .... production accountant
Marilyn Anne Tosatti .... production coordinator
Robert Werden .... key unit publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Welcome to Xanadu" - USA (premiere title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

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 »
Plot holes: 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 »
Harry Fox:Live long and prosper!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "To Tell the Truth" (1969)See more »
Strangers on a CarouselSee more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A good tear-jerker., 17 October 2003
Author: ehutson2001 from United States

One of my all-time favorite movies.

I first saw the movie when it ran on t.v. in 1975. After repeated near-misses, I finally got it on tape almost 20 years later. I was already a Linda Blair fan, and this movie introduced me to Martin Sheen (I still have not seen a bad Martin Sheen movie).

The movie gives a moving portrayal of a hopeless love affair. It's a must-see if you enjoy a good tear-jerker.

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