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The Strangers in 7A (1972)

A building superintendent and his wife are held hostage in their apartment by a sadistic would-be bank robber and his spaced-out accomplices.


Paul Wendkos


Eric Roth (teleplay), Fielden Farrington (novel)

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Complete credited cast:
Andy Griffith ... Artie Sawyer
Ida Lupino ... Iris Sawyer
Michael Brandon ... Billy
James A. Watson Jr. ... Riff
Tim McIntire ... Virgil
Susanne Benton ... Claudine (as Susanne Hildur)
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. Layton
Victoria Carroll ... Miss Simpson
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Danny (as Joe Mell)
Squire Fridell ... Pete
Virginia Vincent ... Woman in Bank
Marc Hannibal Marc Hannibal ... Policeman


A building superintendent and his wife are held hostage in their apartment by a sadistic would-be bank robber and his spaced-out accomplices.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

14 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extraños en el Séptimo A See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Some malevolent tenants
29 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Strangers In 7A are a group who plan to use this apartment as a headquarters while they plan a night time bank robbery. Susanne Benton rents the apartment and her male callers include Michael Brandon, James A. Watson, Jr., and Tim McIntire. All of them are Vietnam veterans and one of them, Watson is trained in demolition.

When building superintendent Andy Griffith gets curious he and wife Ida Lupino get taken hostage. A lot of the film is taken up with their time as hostages. All of the robbers are social misfits, but Michael Brandon is truly psychotic.

It's for you to watch this made for TV film to see how it all turns out. But let's say things don't quite go as planned. Brandon stands out in this film, a truly warped and hateful human being.

Sadly the war in Vietnam being as unpopular as it became led to a lot of films of varying qualities casting Vietnam vets in all kind of psychotic roles. Terribly unfair I thought, then as now.

Still The Strangers In 7A is still a tense action packed thriller that will leave you on the edge of your living room sofa seeing it on Amazon as I did.

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