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Night Drive (1977)

Night Terror (original title)
A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him a murder a highway patrol officer.

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Carol Turner
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The Killer
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Man in Sports Car
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Old Derelict
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Walter Turner
Beatrice Manley ...
Aunt Vera Willis
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Nancy
Damon Bradley Raskin ...
Buddy
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ...
Indian Woman
John War Eagle ...
Indian Man
Jan Burrell ...
Waitress in Diner
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Gas Station Attendant
Gary Barton ...
Gas Station Attendant
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Attendant's Girlfriend
Linda Lukens ...
Attendant's Girlfriend
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A housewife is stalked by a psycho after she sees him a murder a highway patrol officer.

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She's the only witness to the murder ... and the murderer is right behind her.

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7 February 1977 (USA)  »

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The Killers's car is a 1969 Ford Mustang fastback in Bright Yellow. See more »

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The station wagon driven by Carol has completely different grilles between shots - revealing two different cars were used. See more »

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Very unique for its time
20 October 1999 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I agree with Kirk; I saw this when I was nine, and never forgot it! It provided a special twist to your typical, melodramatic woman-alone-on-the-road story, so common for an age where were just getting over the idea of women being "helpless." But this killer should never have messed with Rhoda!

The production values weren't bad for the 70s-made-for-TV genre, either. Really kind of a breath of fresh air, when all the other made-for-TVs were going for the "creepy-crawly thing of the week" motif.

Valerie Harper plays a mother who is traveling across the country to see her son, who has just had an ear operation. On the way, she witnesses a policeman being murdered. What's worse, the murderer witnesses HER. Then the chase is on!

The killer only speaks through a vibrating larynx box, which makes his words, considering their nature, sound even more sinister and mechanical, when we hear him speak at all (really only at the beginning).

I'm not sure where this movie can be rented...the best hope is to wait for your local television station to play it as a late-night feature or a Sunday matinee. Try and catch it if you can. Watch especially for the clever climax and turnabout, as Val turns the tables on the killer!


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