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The Visitors (1972)

R | | Crime, Drama | 17 May 1972 (France)
Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez.

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writer:

Chris Kazan (from an original screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Harry Wayne
Patricia Joyce Patricia Joyce ... Martha Wayne
James Woods ... Bill Schmidt
Steve Railsback ... Sgt. Mike Nickerson
Chico Martínez Chico Martínez ... Tony Rodriguez
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Storyline

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are old acquaintances of Bill; a few years back, in Vietnam, they were in the same platoon. They also became opposed parties in a court martial - for a reason that Bill never explained to Martha. What happened in Vietnam, and what is the reason for the presence of Mike and Tony ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Every one wants to turn his back on violence until it knocks at his front door.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

The shooting was made in Elia Kazan's house. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Casualties of War' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Lute Suite #1
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by William Matthews, guitar
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tense and believable
21 August 2003 | by Sleepy-17See all my reviews

If you look at this in terms of Kazan's career and the way he puts his own experience in every film (even though I'm sure he'd rather not, but he just can't help himself), this is a masterpiece. If you look at it in terms of commercial cinema, you might describe it as an interesting failure. (Leonard Maltin's book describes it as a BOMB.) All I know is that I was on the edge of my seat screaming at the television, it must have had something going for it.

The filming has a "Night of the Living Dead" kind of quality, and is just as harrowing. I wish I didn't relate to Kazan's misanthropic view of humanity, but I do. If you think you're an expert on what makes a good movie, skip this, it's not for you. If you're interested in looking at the dark and fascinating side of people who do evil things, don't miss it. A depressing but great movie. At least someone knows enough about this stuff to put it in a film; the bad part is when we have to live through it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Visitors See more »

Filming Locations:

Newton, Connecticut, USA

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Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Home Free See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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