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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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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

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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

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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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Taut kidnap drama telemovie
14 August 2019 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Great cast and performances headline this virtual biopic, economical at less than 75 mins head to tail which still produces the nail-biting tension the premise promises to deliver. Director Jack Smight made a similar telemovie "The Screaming Woman" around the same time which I'd also recommend. Farentino is the standout here, and his partner in crime played by Skye Aubrey is also pretty convincing as the well-prepared kidnappers attempting to extort half a million from wealthy businessman (Janssen) for the safe return of his adult daughter whose trapped beneath the ground in a purpose built tomb with limited resources to survive. Smight keeps a lid on anything hysterical, a highly process-driven police response led by an ultra-conservative FBI team which includes Mike Farrell as the principal agent, whilst John Kerr and Jason Bernard (uncredited) are prominent and equally stony-faced in support. Overall this was an engaging and taut telemovie, no-nonsense with a very solid cast and safe-hands approach, worthy of a viewing.


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