The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)

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A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
 Widow Fortune
David Ackroyd ...
 Nick Constantine
 Kate Constantine
 Jack Stump
John Calvin ...
 Justin Hooke
 Amys Penrose
Linda Marsh ...
 Maggie Dodd
 Beth Constantine
 Worthy Pettinger
Laurie Prange ...
 Sophie Hooke
 Narrator (voice)
Lina Raymond ...
 Tamar Penrose
 Missy Penrose
 Robert Dodd
 Ty Barth


A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.

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23 January 1978 (USA)  »

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In a 1977 Associated Press article, Bette Davis stated that Widow Fortune was "a part I've wanted ever since Tom Tryon wrote the book." See more »


Justin Hooke: I didn't know you city boys liked to fight.
Nick Constantine: Next to lovin' it's what we do best.
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Read the book first, then just skip the movie
11 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently finished reading the book "Harvest Home" by Thomas Tryon. The book was extremely well written and a really great read. I would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Out of curiosity, I checked out a VHS copy of "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" from our library system. It was a cut down version of the mini-series, and was only 1 hr. 58 min. in length. The first hour was very confusing because so many scenes were obviously chopped. Even though I never saw the full length mini-series, from what I did see, it doesn't seem that even the complete series could do the book justice.

What I saw just didn't capture the feel of the book at all. Most of the cast of characters seemed "off". The acting was very wooden. The dialog clumsy. The lighting always seemed too bright. An attempt was made to make the mood mysterious right from the beginning, where in the book the story was quite cheery to begin with and then very, very slowly turned dark. Some characters were completely minimized in the movie, that were quite pivotal in the book. I don't understand how this could go so wrong.

The only mini-series that I have seen that came close to the original book, was "Shogun". This series doesn't compare to the quality of that project.

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