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Director:
Writers:
Olaf Pooley (screenplay)
Bernard Taylor (novel)
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Release Date:
25 January 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If Bonnie is a gift from Heaven...for God's sake take her back..! See more »
Plot:
An English family of six takes in a pregnant woman who disappears shortly after giving birth. They raise the baby girl as their own... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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A decent "killer kid" film. See more (15 total) »

Cast

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Malcolm Stoddard ... Alan Marlowe
Cyd Hayman ... Kate Marlowe
Angela Pleasence ... The Stranger
Patrick Barr ... Dr. Collins
Wilhelmina Green ... Bonnie
Joanne Boorman ... Bonnie as Baby
Angela Deamer ... Lucy Marlowe
Clarissa Young ... Younger Lucy
Lee Gregory ... Davy Marlowe
Piers Eady ... Sam Marlowe
Anna Wing ... Mrs. Taverner
Artro Morris ... Mr. Taverner
Hilary Minster ... Reporter
James Snell ... London Doctor
Corinne Skinner-Carter ... Hospital Doctor
Jonathan Elsom ... Executive
Bernard Taylor ... Executive
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Directed by
Gabrielle Beaumont 
 
Writing credits
Olaf Pooley (screenplay)

Bernard Taylor (novel "The Godsend")

Produced by
Gabrielle Beaumont .... producer
Dennis Friedland .... executive producer
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Christopher Toyne .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Roger Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Norman Warwick (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
 
Casting by
Lesley De Pettit  (as Leslie De Pettitt)
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Makeup Department
Di Biggs .... makeup artist
Ross Carver .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Michael Brown .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Travers .... second assistant director
Derek Whitehurst .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Akers .... dubbing editor
Aubrey Lewis .... sound recordist
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Chris Gurney .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Fenner .... gaffer
Cedric James .... focus puller
Bob Jordan .... camera operator
Marc Wolff .... camera pilot (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Johnson .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Green .... assistant editor
Dennis McTaggart .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Roger Webb .... conductor
 
Other crew
Caroline Bell .... producer secretary
Georgiana Hamilton .... continuity
Jim Marsh .... production accountant
Andrew Wood .... assistant to producer
Frank J. Tsacrios .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
Canada:90 min | USA:93 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R

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Referenced in Indian Lady (1981)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A decent "killer kid" film., 19 October 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The makers of this decent horror drama do get high marks for good intentions here. Their film does score to a degree by focusing on the human element, as the devastating effects of tragedy hit a young country dwelling couple. This couple, Alan (Malcolm Stoddard), and Kate (beautiful Cyd Hayman), already have four children of their own. They meet a mysterious, pregnant stranger (played by Angela Pleasence, the daughter of Donald P.) who gives birth in their home and promptly disappears. They keep her baby as one of their own, but their own children start dying under mysterious circumstances, starting with their infant. Alan comes to believe that the new kid, Bonnie (played at different ages by Wilhelmina Green and Joanne Boorman), is responsible, but Kate just can't accept that this adorable moppet could possibly be a danger.

This may be too slow and quiet to suit some horror fans expecting something more along the lines of "The Omen". It really does stress its dramatic elements more than anything, shying away from anything such as graphic violence. It does have a suitably eerie mood, beginning with the effectively enigmatic performance by Ms. Pleasence. The rest of the cast, including Patrick Barr as the sympathetic Dr. Collins, does fine work. Location shooting is good and atmosphere is strong but the music by Roger Webb is a little overbearing. The script is by Olaf Pooley, based on a novel by Bernard Taylor, and the film is dialogue heavy, with producer / director Gabrielle Beaumont (making her feature debut here) never rushing through the story. The ending fails to be completely satisfactory; in fact, it's kind of abrupt, but overall those genre fans who prefer subtlety may find it to their liking.

Six out of 10.

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