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How Awful About Allan (1970)

After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Henry Farrell (teleplay), Henry Farrell (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Allan
Julie Harris ... Katherine
Joan Hackett ... Olive
Kent Smith ... Raymond
Robert H. Harris ... Dr. Ellins
Molly Dodd ... Inmate
Billy Bowles Billy Bowles ... Harold Dennis
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Eric
Bill Erwin ... Dr. Ames (as William Erwin)
Jeannette Howe Jeannette Howe ... Katherine - Child
Kenneth Lawrence Kenneth Lawrence ... Allan - Child
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Storyline

After a fire which killed his father and scarred his sister, a guilt-ridden victim of psychosomatic blindness is released from a mental hospital and goes back home to stay with his estranged sister. However, it appears that someone is out for revenge and wants to drive him crazy. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Allan, Wouldn't You Be Better Off Dead? See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violent images and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Che succede al povero Allan? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Perkins had special contact lenses made that he could barely see through, so he'd actually be nearly blind while filming his scenes. He popped the lenses in just prior to filming and was led onto the set by a crew member. See more »

Goofs

Apparently set in dead of winter (everyone keeps talking about freezing temperatures and how cold it is), but grass, trees and bushes in exterior scenes are all green. See more »

Quotes

[after rescuing his sister from a house fire]
Allan: I'm blind.
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An Intense, Dramatic Psychological Thriller
21 May 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Right from the start of this film I was captivated. This is one of those family drama films where one of them or someone else near the family is off their rocker - but who and why? It's a film that builds suspenseful steam towards it's climax with a stare at the end that only Anthony Perkins could pull off so well.

There are a couple of moments in the film where you will think of Psycho like when Allan or Anthony Perkins picks up a photo and says "Mother?" and that stare at the end. BUT the character of Allan is not like Norman Bates, you would have to watch "Allan" to see the clear differences in the two characters - which Perkins pulls both off well.

I have seen this film before - it's a vague memory - but was very pleased to see this one again. Well worth watching if you like GOOD made-for-TV films, Anthony Perkins and intense, dramatic psychological thrillers. They don't make 'em like this anymore folks.

9/10


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