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The People (1972)

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she ... See full summary »

Director:

John Korty

Writers:

Zenna Henderson (books), James M. Miller
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kim Darby ... Melodye Amerson
William Shatner ... Dr. Curtis
Diane Varsi ... Valancy Carmody
Dan O'Herlihy ... Sol Diemus
Laurie Walters ... Karen Diemus
Johanna Baer Johanna Baer ... Bethie
Chris Valentine Chris Valentine ... Clement Francher
Stephanie Valentine Stephanie Valentine ... Talitha
Jack Dahlgren Jack Dahlgren ... Kiah
Andrew Crichton Andrew Crichton ... Thann
David Petch David Petch ... Matt
Dorothy Drady Dorothy Drady ... Dita
Mary Rose McMaster Mary Rose McMaster ... Maras
Anne Walters Anne Walters ... Obla
Tony Dario Tony Dario ... Bram
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Storyline

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers who are attempting to repress and deny their heritage for fear of arousing prejudice and hatred in their human neighbors. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@ansel.intersource.com>

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These gentle people from another world possess the gift of peace and love. On earth, they can share it only with their natural enemy...mankind.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquele Povo See more »

Filming Locations:

Nicasio, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Zenna Henderson's "The People" short stories were published in a variety of anthologies, and were only collated through the efforts of the New England Science Fiction Association who obtained the rights and published them as "Ingathering: The complete People stories" in 1995. See more »

Goofs

The children all have the same style art work because one artist did all the drawings. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Best TV Shows That Never Were (2004) See more »

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Not as bad as it could have been
23 January 2005 | by jfg1-1See all my reviews

I saw "The People" on TV when it first came out, 1) to see if it really was based on my favorite Zenna Henderson stories, and 2) because William Shatner played Dr. Curtis. As another reviewer has said, Shatner wasn't his usual hammy self, and did well by the character. Kim Darby would not have been my choice for Melodye, but wasn't bad. I was pleasantly surprised here to see that Francis Ford Coppola was in charge of the project, which is most likely why it turned out well.

I don't think that any TV movie could really cover the depth and reach of Ms. Henderson's "People" stories due to time limits. And the reason a lot of viewers think the movie was silly is because they haven't read the stories and don't have the background those of us who have read them do. Still, Mr. Coppola did a good job, and the cast portrayed Ms. Henderson's "People" fairly well. I think I will have to get a copy of "The People" and relive a bit of my youth.


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