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Stigma (1972)

A knowledgeable doctor, (Philip Michael Thomas) moves to a secluded community and soon discovers a deadly virus changing the town's young people. What is more disturbing, is the conspiracy to protect this epidemic when he tries cure it.

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David E. Durston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Michael Thomas ... Dr. Calvin Crosse
Harlan Cary Poe Harlan Cary Poe ... Bill Waco (as Harlan Poe)
Josie Johnson ... D.D. Whitehead
Peter Clune ... Sheriff Whitehead (as Peter H. Clune)
William Magerman William Magerman ... Jeremy
Connie Van Ess Connie Van Ess ... Tassie
'Cousin Brucie' Morrow 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow ... Himself (as 'Cousin' Bruce Morrow)
Richard Geisman Richard Geisman ... Joe
Raina Barrett Raina Barrett ... 'B' Girl
Kevin Andre Kevin Andre ... Homosexual (as Carter Courtney)
Rhonda Fultz Rhonda Fultz ... Rhoda (as Rhonda Fuller)
Kathleen Joyce Kathleen Joyce ... Kathleen (as Kathy Joyce)
Jean Parker Jean Parker ... Jeanie
Edwin Mills Edwin Mills ... Choir Leader
James Grace James Grace ... Ed (as Jim Grace)
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A knowledgeable- doctor, Calvin Crosse (Philip Michael Thomas) moves to a secluded community and soon discovers a deadly virus affecting the young town's people. What is more disturbing, is the conspiracy to protect this epidemic when he tries to cure those infected. Written by blogmonstermike.wordpress.com

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The curse that begins with a kiss.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Stigma Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The story was inspired by a newspaper article on a new strain of syphilis in Russia. See more »

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Oddly compelling
20 November 2003 | by thogatthogSee all my reviews

This movie is badly written, badly acted (with the exception of Philip Michael Thomas) and badly directed, and is the kind of garbage you'd ordinarily stop watching after about twenty minutes, if not sooner ... and yet it's oddly compelling. Perhaps this is in part because it seems unable to make up its mind what sort of movie it's going to be. It starts as a comedy, and is actually pretty funny; there are further comic elements dropped in willy nilly later. Then it becomes an anti-racist/bigotry statement, and again this isn't badly done. Then it dithers with the notion of being a soft-porn movie but rejects it in favour of being (a) a sort of Public Services drama-documentary, a Dreadful Warning about syphilis, and (b) a thriller. This constant change of focus means you're forever guessing, so that your interest is kept -- however reluctantly -- alive.

Thomas is a doctor who's been incarcerated for performing an abortion that went wrong. A distinguished old doctor, now working in a remote community, hires him straight out of the pen, but by the time Thomas gets there the old doctor has dropped dead of a heart attack, leaving behind him cryptic references to a dreadful plague that's affecting the community. That community, led by a corrupt, bully-boy sheriff, is racially bigoted; Thomas is of course black, and is subjected to racist slurs and threatened beatings -- lucky for him that he's befriended local boy dreamboat hero Harlan Cary Poe while hitchhiking to the place. There's a mystery to be solved, and sure enough Thomas reveals the rot at the core of this community.

All rather a matter of: Been there, done that, got the teeshirt -- although in this movie, if young and female, it's more a case of took off the teeshirt.

By any objective standard this movie is dire. But you might find that, paradoxically, it's one you're loath to lose from your collection.


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