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Blinded by the Light (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  16 December 1980 (USA)
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A young guy joins a cult and his sister (Kristy) is sent by their family and the help of a specialist to bring him home but she gets swept up in it too.

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Credited cast:
Phillip R. Allen ...
Dr. Brockton
Keith Andes ...
Father Adam
Ben Bottoms ...
Scott (as Benjamin Bottoms)
Steve Burns ...
Ralph
Gail Edwards ...
Zora
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Frances Bowers
Michael LeClair
Danny McCoy Jr. ...
Chase Evrette
Michael McGuire ...
Ed Bowers
Jimmy McNichol ...
David Bowers (as James Vincent McNichol)
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Janet Bowers
Sandy McPeak ...
Max
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Rose
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Sean Roche ...
Michael
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A young guy joins a cult and his sister (Kristy) is sent by their family and the help of a specialist to bring him home but she gets swept up in it too.

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Unusually bland vehicle for the McNichol siblings
20 March 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Kristy McNichol (looking wan in a short, boyish 'do) strives to get brother James out from a religious sect (which is dramatized as something akin to a revival meeting). She reaches him, tries to talk sensibly with him, but the cult has made Jimmy vacant and sullen. He is so morose it's a wonder the culties don't just ask him to take his bossy sis and scram. By the end, the culties have won Kristy over as well and the film seems to be asking the question, "Will they take her too?" This TV-movie panders to the lowest common denominator: the viewer who knows nothing about the subject matter but who will swallow anything in a shiny package. There isn't a sinister moment (who was the writer afraid of offending?) and the direction is incredibly lazy. For an interesting comparison, see "Ticket To Heaven", which looks as though someone did some actual research. ** from ****


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