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A man and his wife find themselves stranded in a small western town. He discovers that a strange force has turned the residents into zombies, and runs into a beautiful woman who he believes is the key to the mystery.

Director:

Ted Post

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Everett Chambers (teleplay), Robert Specht (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Clay Howard
Lee Grant ... Marjorie Howard
Scott Marlowe ... Matt Russell
Andrew Prine ... Fess Beany / Noel
Tisha Sterling ... Annie Fletcher / Naillil
Leslie Nielsen ... Sheriff Henshaw
Morris Buchanan ... Mr. Hale
John Kellogg ... Mr. Fletcher
Virginia Vincent ... Mrs. Crawford
Cliff Carnell ... Deputy Spencer
Victor Izay ... Jeff Pardee
Raymond Mayo ... Joe Landers
Russell Thorson ... Dr. Sanders
Nancy Valentine ... May
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisha Cook Jr. ... (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

A man and his wife stumble upon a town whose inhabitants turn into zombies and head for the edge of town every night... he seems to be the only one unaffected. What is happening to the townsfolk? Who is the mysterious young women he keeps seeing? Why isn't he affected? Written by Randy Goldberg <gaellon@inch.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A mysterious force controls an entire town at night. Clay Howard must find out what it is to save his sanity...and his new found love. James Franciscus, Leslie Nielsen, Tisha Sterling, Lee Grant and Andrew Prine star in the ABC Movie of the Week. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escravos da Noite See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bing Crosby Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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TV debut of Sharon Gless. See more »

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When Marjorie is loaded onto the truck, it is a larger truck than Beaney's pickup which is later identified as the same vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Clay Howard: Ya it's the one alright! You were riding up here in the back! These burrs! Same kind of burrs I found on your robe this morning!
Marjorie Howard: Burrs aren't proof Clay!
Clay Howard: Somethings wrong, somethings screwy going on in this town!
Marjorie Howard: If there was wouldn't these people know about it?
Clay Howard: Maybe they do! Maybe they don't want us to know!
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Intriguing TV movie evokes a sense of nostalgia!
17 May 2006 | by filmbuff-31See all my reviews

I saw this movie again very recently for the first time in many years. It is not generally available for purchase. Anyone wishing to see it will have to search far and wide to locate a used copy, most likely recorded from television. The movie is little known and was probably never marketed for purchase.

The movie itself is unremarkable, in terms of its story and presentation. In both story and presentation, "Night Slaves" is similar to other films of the science fiction/paranormal genre that marked this period. Films such as "The People" and "The Stranger Within" are siblings of "Night Slaves," stylistically speaking. All three films have the added distinction of being "made for TV" adaptations. "Night Slaves" is directed in a style that reminds me of sci-fi thrillers of the 1950s. Watching this movie, I am especially reminded of the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." In keeping with the boundaries imposed by television, the direction of "Night Slaves" is characteristically low-key. Consequently, "Night Slaves" story and style never made and never will make an impact on the viewer.

"Night Slaves" impact on the viewer is primarily in terms of nostalgia. It was first seen by many viewers in their childhood or young adulthood and may very well transport them back to a time many of them remember fondly. A time when, in addition to the ordinary pleasures of childhood, talk of UFOs and aliens from outer space generated a sense of expectancy and adventure not only in the children but in the adults in the family as well.

"Night Slaves" might also be worth viewing if you are a fan of one of the actors. Actors such as the underrated James Franciscus, the stalwart Lee Grant, and the lovely Tisha Sterling are here for viewers' entertainment.

"Night Slaves" is not a movie to shout praise about, but it will evoke often pleasant memories--even if they are corny--of an earlier era of life, when UFOs and beings from outer space caused quite a stir.


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