Into Thin Air (1985)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  29 October 1985 (USA)
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Ellen Burstyn stars as the Canadian mother of a college student who vanishes mysteriously while driving back to school in the states. After having no luck from the police, she hires a ... See full summary »



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Ellen Burstyn stars as the Canadian mother of a college student who vanishes mysteriously while driving back to school in the states. After having no luck from the police, she hires a private detective (Robert Prosky) to help her. Their tenacious pursuit of clues uncovers the grim details of her sons fate, leading to a shocking climax. Written by Joan Crawford & William Castle

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29 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Die Qual der Ungewißheit  »

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A great film, with almost no recognition!
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recently I sat down to make a list of all the DVD's I want to buy that I know are first rate movies. Years ago, in the 1980's, I saw a film documentary of the real life people this movie was about. A low-life, recently out of jail because the state he committed a crime in didn't want to spend the $200.00 it would have taken the state to keep him in jail for a weekend in a county lockup, gets set free. This low-life roams the country and what happens to this unsuspecting boy is an atrocity that questions the entire human race and what it really is doing here on this planet called Earth!

This great film is based on a true story. You will "believe" this because of the super acting of Robert Prosky. As an observer, I have nothing but good things to say about this film. I want to know why didn't this film get the attention it certainly deserves! I'm a movie junkie, so believe me when I tell you that I know what I'm talking about. I "only" watch good to great movies and this film from the 1980's is one of the best.

Maybe I like it so much because as I view the internal workings of the story, I look at myself in my past and I can connect with the victim of this movie when I was in serious need and ask this world, "Why the hell didn't someone help ME when I desperately needed help? When I was facing the lowest of low-life's and nobody gave a damn about me, where the hell are "MY" rights?"

"Watch" this movie. I will not tell you the story or the plot because I will not ruin it for you, but it's something you will not forget.

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