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Director:
Writers:
J.D. Feigelson (teleplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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The Original Classic
Plot:
In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of my favorite made for TV movies... See more (72 total) »

Cast

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Charles Durning ... Otis P. Hazelrigg

Robert F. Lyons ... Skeeter Norris
Claude Earl Jones ... Philby
Lane Smith ... Harless Hocker
Tonya Crowe ... Marylee Williams

Larry Drake ... Bubba Ritter

Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Ritter
Tom Taylor ... D.A. Sam Willock
Richard McKenzie ... Judge Henry
Ivy Jones ... Mrs. Willams
James Tartan ... Mr. Williams (as Jim Tartan)
Ed Call ... Defense Attorney
Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ... Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ... Deputy (as David Adams)
Ivy Bethune ... Mrs. Hocker
Dennis Robertson ... Ray
Jetta Scelza ... Mrs. Whimberly
Modi Frank ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J.D. Feigelson ... Ludie - CB radio (uncredited)
Robert J. Koster ... The Scarecrow (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank De Felitta 
 
Writing credits
J.D. Feigelson (teleplay)

J.D. Feigelson (story) and
Butler Handcock (story)

Produced by
Bobbi Frank .... producer
Janet Greek .... associate producer
Joe Wizan .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Glenn Paxton 
 
Cinematography by
Vincent A. Martinelli  (as Vincent Martinelli)
 
Film Editing by
Skip Lusk 
 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Zacha Jr.  (as Charles M. Zacha Jr.)
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis W. Peeples  (as Dennis Peeples)
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Robert J. Koster .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas A. Bliss .... dga trainee (as Tom Bliss)
Daisy Gerber .... first assistant director
Bart Roe .... second assistant director
J.D. Feigelson .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
V.R. Bud Shelton .... property master
 
Sound Department
Bonnie Koehler .... sound editor
James Pilcher .... sound mixer (as Jim Pilcher)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
 
Stunts
John Meier .... stunt coordinator (as John C. Meier)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron McManus .... camera operator
Frank Palmer .... key grip
Robert A. Petzoldt III .... gaffer (as Bob Petzoldt III)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Barbara Fisk .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Brewer Curtis .... assistant costumer
Leslie Karten .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
James L. Honore .... post-production (as Jimmy Honoré)
Jeff Zacha .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Johns .... executive soundtrack producer
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
 
Transportation Department
Tom Blomquist .... transportation captain
Chuck Hanson .... transportation coordinator
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sherrie Bayer .... production assistant
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor
Selma Brown .... production accountant
Modi Frank .... production assistant
Pat Keating .... assistant to producer
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Kool Marder .... location manager (as Kool Lusby)
Jeff Rafner .... production assistant
 

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96 min
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Trivia:
Charles Durning did most of his own stunts of the climatic chase scene when he's running away from the tractor. A double can be seen for a few shots with darker hair.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the tractor is chasing the postman at the end, it runs over pumpkins in the field and smashes them. The smashed pumpkins have no insides, revealing them to be props.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Hocker:If you're not plantin'... why would you put up a scarecrow?See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite made for TV movies..., 7 April 2005
Author: shanakin from United States

First off I have to say this is one of the best scary movies ever made for television, hands down. This movie truly scared me the first time I saw it. In October of 1981 when this movie first aired I was staying with some second cousins on there ranch and we all stayed up to watch it. After it was over we watched the local news and went to bed, and boy I hardly got a wink of sleep the entire night. I can remember laying in the bed just staring around the room all thru the night thinking of the ending to this movie. I just kept thinking that scarecrow was coming into the room at any moment. Keep in mind that I said early I was on a ranch were there might actually be a scarecrow.

This movie stayed with me for a long time and I only saw it once more in the early 90's and even then much older I still got the creeps from it. About 6 years ago I was going thru the TV guide and saw that it was going to be on TBS and I took the time to record it. This movie still gets me every time that I see it. There is a great mood that is set right from the start with the opening credits and the music that is playing, and that mood never goes away thru out the movie. It is so surprising that this was a made for television movie. The performances that the actors convey, especially Charles Durning and Larry Drake are great. I mean you truly hate Charles Durning character so much that you want him to die. It shows how great of an actor he is. I wont give away the ending but I just love it, there is a great justice and truth that the guilty parties didn't get away with murder.

This is one of my favorite television movies of all time simply because I will never forget that first time I saw it. I have grown to love horror movies over the years and wish I would have of watched more of them when I was a kid in the 70's. I've noticed that a lot of the television horror movies out of the 70's and early 80's have quite a following.

There are a couple of people who have left reviews who say this movie is terrible and I completely disagree with them. I guess it goes to show that not everyone will love the same movie you love.

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