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8 May 1979 (USA) See more »
A group of old friends on an outing re-live various traumas and tragedies via flashback whilst trapped high above a ravine in a disabled cable-car. See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sam Groom ... Paul Craig

Patty Duke ... Sue Grainger (as Patty Duke Astin)

Joyce Bulifant ... Anita Minton
Oliver Clark ... Eddie Minton

Bert Convy ... Alan Durant
Burr DeBenning ... Jim Grainger
Peter Donat ... Mr. Durant

Donna Mills ... Ellen Craig

Cameron Mitchell ... Lawton

Roger Perry ... Mitchell
Michael Sharrett ... Tommy Craig
Ted Gehring ... Jim Croft

Lonny Chapman ... Charles Minton
Jacquelyn Hyde ... Mrs. Durant
Brendon Boone ... Marty

Steven Marlo ... Turk (as Steve Marlow)
Elizabeth Rogers ... Maggie Porter

Paul Fix ... Rogers
Deanna Lund ... Mrs. Martin
Randy Gray ... Alan Durant-age 10
James W. Gavin ... Les Fielding
Doug Llewelyn ... Bobby Graham
Bill Marlowe ... Burton
Larry Berman ... Pierce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Carr
Rande Volpert
Ulf Kjell Gür ... Man at tramway (uncredited)

Directed by
Georg Fenady 
Writing credits
Adrian Spies (written by)

Produced by
Irwin Allen .... producer
Original Music by
Richard LaSalle  (as Richard La Salle)
Cinematography by
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (director of photography) (as John M. Nickolaus)
Film Editing by
Jamie Caylor 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
Art Direction by
Duane Alt 
Set Decoration by
Gary Moreno 
Costume Design by
Paul Zastupnevich 
Makeup Department
Jan Cook .... hair stylist (as Janice Cook)
Stephen Elsbree .... hair stylist (as Stephen A. Elsbree)
Stephen Gautier .... makeup artist
Chuck House .... makeup artist (as Charles House)
Production Management
Floyd Joyer .... unit production manager
George E. Swink .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Croghan .... second assistant director (as Terrance Croghan)
Jack Oliver .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brook Simons .... assistant art director (as Phil Bennett)
Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound effects editor
Marvin I. Kosberg .... sound effects editor (as Marvin Kosberg)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor
Allan R. Potter .... sound effects editor
Bill Rivol .... sound effects editor
Don Rush .... sound mixer
Josef von Stroheim .... sound effects editor (as Joe von Stroheim)
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Anthony Milch .... music editor (as Tony Milch)
Other crew
Tony Habeeb .... publicist
Norman Katkov .... story editor
Herman Rush .... program consultant
Art Volpert .... executive assistant to producer
Arthur Weiss .... production executive
Arthur Weiss .... story editor

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Burbank Studios, The  production services and equipment provided by (as The Burbank Studios, Burbank, California)

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190 min
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"Postpone the trip. Bad weather due.......", 27 July 2016
Author: jubilee77 from United Kingdom

I might have seen this Sam Groom Made-for-Television film once and a half in the early 1980s because it is split between two parts and the second time I've watched it was when I was eager to watch the whole length. Its generally melodramatic stuff and also as time moves on, its overlong at 3hrs 10mins in total about a couple of trippers stranded in an inactive cable car after it was struck by lightening. Seems pretty the trippers and the cable car operators should have checked the weather forecast!!! On the other hand, the lightning strikes during daylight and its suddenly night time where most of the scenes were set. In the whole, the film is really poor for a lengthy two part drama with daft plots that descends severely and tediously into soap opera stuff with several of the trippers cry and bitch about other members of the travelling party or get flashbacks while Burr Debenning gets burnt... Yawn....until Sam Groom saves the day only just. Not recommended then and certainly not recommended today.

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