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May 1977 (USA) See more »
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The object is to stay alive. See more »
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A businessman whose family is away on his birthday picks up two young girls. He takes them to his house... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Great movie--where do I get the soundtrack? See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Sondra Locke ... Agatha Jackson

Colleen Camp ... Donna

Seymour Cassel ... George Manning

Beth Brickell ... Karen Manning
Michael Kalmansohn ... Deliveryboy
Ruth Warshawsky ... Mrs. Grossman

Directed by
Peter S. Traynor  (as Peter Traynor)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Overman 
Michael Ronald Ross 

Produced by
Mel Bergman .... executive producer
William Duffy .... executive producer
John L. Moorehead .... associate producer
Larry Spiegel .... producer
Peter S. Traynor .... producer (as Peter Traynor)
 
Original Music by
Jimmie Haskell 
 
Cinematography by
David Worth 
 
Film Editing by
David Worth 
 
Production Design by
Jack Fisk 
Peter Jamison 
 
Makeup Department
Tino Zacchia .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Christenberry .... assistant director
Wes MacAphee .... assistant director
Leslie Moulton .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Lowell Cannon .... property master
Eric Edel .... set dresser
Karin Haugse .... set dresser
Dan Martin .... set dresser
Michael Nevler .... set dresser
Bill Paxton .... assistant set decorator
Sissy Spacek .... set dresser
Linda Spheeris .... assistant art director
Janet Stearns .... set dresser
Beth Wasserman .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Turner Browne .... boom operator
Leslie Shatz .... sound
Wayne Wahrman .... sound effects editor
Hal Watkins .... head mixer
 
Visual Effects by
James F. Liles .... special optical effects supervisor
Mike Stanwick .... assistant color timer (as Michael Stanwick Jr.)
 
Stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts
Paula Crist .... stunts
Cyndi Swan .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry Bowen .... first assistant camera
Robert Decker .... key grip (as Bob Decker)
Michael Kalmansohn .... electrician
Urve Kuusik .... still photographer
John LeBlanc .... second assistant camera
John C. Murray .... gaffer (as John Murray)
J. Michael Popovich .... grip (as Mike Popovich)
Lawrence Purcell .... electrician
Scott M. Robinson .... grip (as Scott Robinson)
Peter Smokler .... assistant camera: second unit
Jack Steely .... best boy
Norman Stevens .... electrician
Kurt Young .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Todd Joy .... wardrobe
Aaron St. John .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bob Kaiser .... color timer (as Robert Kaiser)
Patrick McDowell .... assistant editor
Lee Stepansky .... assistant editor
Chris Thiele .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ron Malo .... scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Frances Reid .... driver
Ken Tara .... driver
 
Other crew
Anthony Albirigi .... authority: Golden Gate Bridge (as Lt. Anthony Albirigi)
Elizabeth Barnard .... assistant to producer (as Liz Bernard)
Robert C. Cawley .... police motor officer (as Robert Cawley)
Carline Davis-Dyer .... script supervisor (as Cariline Davis)
Gini Giblin .... stand-in
Harvey Gibson .... policeman
David Grey .... policeman
Heather Katz .... real estate consultant
Flora Light .... assistant to producer
Mac McCord .... stand-in
Mary Meacham .... title designer
Marcia Mielke .... production coordinator: San Francisco
Alan Myers .... policeman
Gaylene Sagona .... location auditor
Arleen Scalla .... bookkeeper
Carol Shefland .... production secretary
Candace Siller .... assistant to producer
Ken Swerilas .... location auditor
Travis White .... police motor officer
Cathy Zheutlin .... stand-in (as Kathy Zheutlin)
 

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91 min
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Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R18 | USA:R

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Shot in thirteen days.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great movie--where do I get the soundtrack?, 12 December 2004
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

A middle-aged husband and father left alone on his 40th birthday decides to celebrate it with two 20-year-old hitch-hikers he lets in his house on a stormy night. After a steamy, delirious three-way sex scene in a bathtub, the two girls claim that they are both underage and reveal themselves to be obviously psychotic as they destroy his house and torment him with increasing violence. You have to hand it to the movies. In real life it is almost always the older men abusing young women, but in movies like this of course it's always the opposite. Someone once described this as "a middle-aged male sex fantasy gone wrong". That seems like a pretty accurate description.

On the plus side the story is never COMPLETELY unbelievable, although if it had been based on true story, you definitely would have heard the story. The acting is good. Seymour Cassell is always good even if he's rarely the lead. Colleen Camp brightened up both small roles in many big-budget movies and larger roles in many low-budget movies in the '70's. She's good here as always and has a few surprising nude scenes. Even Sondra Locke is pretty good (ironically, years later Locke would sue ex-husband Clint Eastwood for ruining her career--well, this is the kind of stuff she was doing before she met him).

On the negative side this story is still pretty unbelievable. The antics of the two girls are often more annoying (for both the protagonist and the viewer) than truly frightening. There's some gratuitous animal cruelty (and delivery boy cruelty). Worst of all, is the song "Good Old Dad", which as annoying as it is, is ironically appropriate to the movie at least, but the filmmakers insist on playing it at length again and again and again. It reminded me of the similar Umberto Lenzi-Carroll Baker film "Paranoia" where the villains try to drive the heroine insane by playing one annoying song repeatedly, except that it's not part of the plot here--the filmmakers are doing it to the viewers. I wonder if there is a soundtrack to this movie available. If so it probably a double LP of this one song playing over and over and over. The movie also features one of the most ridiculous deus ex machina endings since "The Bad Seed" (and it is also surprisingly similar to the ending of the English-language version of "Paranoia"). And look what's written on the side of the truck in the last scene. I guess they didn't didn't think too much of that thing with the cat.

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