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Crawlspace (1972)

A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results.

Directors:

John Newland, Buzz Kulik (uncredited)

Writers:

Ernest Kinoy (screenplay), Herbert Lieberman (novel)
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Cast overview:
Arthur Kennedy ... Albert Graves
Teresa Wright ... Alice Graves
Tom Happer ... Richard Roy Atlee
Eugene Roche ... Sheriff Emil Birge
Matthew Cowles ... Dave Freeman
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... Mr. Harlow
Roger Serbagi Roger Serbagi ... Davalos
Louise Campbell Louise Campbell ... Miz Gerard
Fleet Emerson Fleet Emerson ... Wheeler
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A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results. Written by Tom Eiler <teiler@erols.com>

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They Wanted A Son ... He Gave Them A Nightmare!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Norwich, Connecticut, USA

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Titus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a bad film, but the book is better
24 August 2006 | by Desecr89See all my reviews

I'm afraid the other poster may be misremembering--I believe they are thinking of Bad Ronald, another ABC TV-movie of this period. Crawlspace, anyway, is about a retired couple who discover a young drifter living in their--surprise!--crawlspace and attempt to "adopt" him to fill a void in their lives. They try to socialize him and include him in their new "family," with tragic results.

I bought a used copy of the book online. I haven't read it since 7th grade, but so far it is just as good as I remember. My recollection is that the movie is entertaining, but not as good as the novel. Arthur Kennedy and Theresa Wright were both excellent, and it was pretty suspenseful for a movie-of-the-week.


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