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The Longest Night (1972)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 12 September 1972
The daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin, while her family and the police search for her.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writer:

Merwin Gerard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Alan Chambers
James Farentino ... John Danbury
Phyllis Thaxter ... Norma Chambers
Skye Aubrey ... Ellen Gunther
Mike Farrell ... Wills
Sallie Shockley Sallie Shockley ... Karen Chambers
Joel Fabiani ... Barris
Richard Anderson ... Harvey Eaton
Charles McGraw ... Father Chase
John Kerr ... Agent Jones
Robert Cornthwaite ... Frank Cavanaugh
Ross Elliott ... Dr. Steven Clay
Tom Hallick ... Officer Clark
Antony Carbone ... Officer Jackson
Joe Conley ... Salesman
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Storyline

The daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin, while her family and the police search for her.

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She was kidnapped and buried alive for four agonizing days. The headlines reported it. Now you'll be chilled by it. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den längsta natten See more »

Filming Locations:

Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based off Barbara Mackle kidnapping in Atlanta in 1968. See more »

Connections

Version of 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990) See more »

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Compact telefilm from behind the headlines...
30 August 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Mercenary couple kidnap a young woman, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, from her hotel room and hold her for ransom--but, while they are waiting for the $500K in cash to arrive, they have buried their victim underground, in a ventilated 'capsule' with enough air for only seven days. Made-for-TV drama, based on a true account--and apparently recreated faithfully--hasn't a single twist or surprise; writer Merwin Gerard blessedly steers clear of histrionics (everyone keeps a cool head), but there isn't much action--what with the girl buried alive in a confined space and her father dealing with her abductor over the telephone. Much of the film's success is due to the performances, and David Janssen (as the distraught father) and James Farentino (flashing his dimples as the kidnapper) are quite good. Director Jack Smight mounts the story in textbook-like fashion--as a news reporter might--scene by scene as dictated by fact. Story revisited in 1990 (also as a TV-movie) entitled "83 Hours 'Til Dawn".


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