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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 »

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John Korty

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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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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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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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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 »

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Referenced in Spare the Children (2019) See more »

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A guiltless pleasure
3 February 2000 | by bigger-2See all my reviews

I saw this when it first came out (I was at an SF Con at the time) and then later in a re-run. Considering the budget constraints of 1970s TV Sci-Fi movies, they did an impressive amount of story telling, mixing two of the first 'People' stories to re-cast the tale for non-fans. The cast gives good performances (Shatner is not the ham he usually is), the 'special effects' are limited to wires and a series of crayon drawn pictures which tell the background very effectively. This is actually the second 'People' filming -- Science Fiction Theater ripped off the same story for one of its episodes. Zenna Henderson's People stories were collected by NESFA Press and can be found at Amazon.com and elsewhere.


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