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29 September 1985 (USA) See more »
Amos Lasher loses his wife and home in an accident, finding himself in the care of the state, or specifically speaking... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Kirk Douglas ... Amos Lasher

Elizabeth Montgomery ... Daisy Daws

Dorothy McGuire ... Hester Farrell

Pat Morita ... Tommy Tanaka

James Sloyan ... Sheriff John Thomas

Ray Walston ... Johnny Kent

Jerry Hausner ... Sol Kessler

Don Keefer ... Winston Beard

Camila Ashland ... Mildred Lasher (as Camila Ashlend)

Frances Bay ... Lydia

Frederick Coffin ... Roland
Lois De Banzie ... Dorothy Dearborn

Helen Martin ... Mrs. McKenzie
Royce Wallace ... Helen

Pamela Dunlap ... Leah

Jack Blessing ... Scott Lasher

Jordan Charney ... Commissioner Bert Daniels

Directed by
Michael Tuchner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stanley Gordon West  book

Produced by
Peter Douglas .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp 
Film Editing by
David Campling 
Art Direction by
Richard Berger 
Production Management
Deborah Moore .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jodi Ehrlich .... second assistant director
Sound Department
William Randall .... sound mixer
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael R. Marquette .... assistant camera
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: publicity and props
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist

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100 min
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Douglas' campaign against the abuse of the elderly resulted in his being cited a third time n the Congressional Record according to writer Michael Buckley.See more »
Amos Lasher:[to Daisy] This is the second inning, baby... We've got a whole game to play.
Daisy Daws:That's right Amos... But this is my ballpark, and I'm the manager... You play by my rules, or you're outta the game.
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Why does this movie remind me of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"?
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2nd cousin to Nurse Ratched, 4 September 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Kirk Douglas plays the title role in made for television film Amos, a film where he finally transitions into playing senior citizens which he would do the rest of his career. Who knows, at 96 he might yet have another role in him.

After losing his wife and home in a tragedy, Douglas is forced into a nursing home run by Elizabeth Montgomery. The sweet and wholesome Samantha Stevens gives way to Nurse Ratched's mentor Daisy Dawes. She runs the home with a corrupt iron hand. She encourages the staff to be cruel and vicious to the residents if they make a complaint.

The infirmities of old age are truly explored in this film. Douglas is a former athletic coach and presumably in good shape. But even he's a victim of the staff and Montgomery.

Such familiar faces as Pat Morita, Ray Walston, and Dorothy McGuire are other residents who Douglas sacrifices for to bring them respect and justice.

Abuses of senior citizen homes was a hot topic back in those times and Amos was both timely and entertaining. Kirk was great in the part, but the real revelation in this film was how evil Liz Montgomery could play.

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