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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

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Guerdon Trueblood

Writer:

Bryan Gindoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiffany Bolling ... Jessie
Ben Piazza ... Avery
Susan Sennett ... Candy
Brad David ... Alan
Vince Martorano ... Eddy
Bonnie Boland Bonnie Boland ... Audrey
Jerry Butts Jerry Butts ... Dudley
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Boss
Dolores Dorn ... Katherine
Phyllis Major Phyllis Major ... Lisa
Bill Woodard Bill Woodard ... Charlie
Christopher Trueblood Christopher Trueblood ... Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen Earl Hansen ... Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman Harry Kronman ... Deli Owner
John Bill John Bill ... Policeman
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Storyline

Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonima sequestri See more »

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Marmot Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Guerdon Trueblood and co-star Vince Martorano had been best friends at George Washington University in Virginia and, both being interested in the film industry, had a bet as to who would find success first. Trueblood became an in-demand writer for TV shows and movies-of-the-week, and when he got the job of directing "The Candy Snatchers," asked writer Bryan Gindoff to create the character of Eddy specifically for Martorano, who was working as a commercial fisherman when he was summoned by Trueblood to appear in the film. See more »

Quotes

Jessie: [hands out items to gang] Books... binoculars... RyKrisp.
Alan: RyKrisp?
Jessie: Birdwatchers *love* it!
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Money Is the Root of All Happiness
Music and Lyrics by Steve Singer (as Stephen Singer) and Jay Stewart
Sung by Kerry Chater
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Not Quite The Lost Grindhouse Gem Of the 70s But,,,,,,,
7 December 2007 | by grimsbybkkSee all my reviews

What an oddball mixture we have here. The plot concerns 3 inept but vicious thugs including a very attractive blonde who kidnap a teenage schoolgirl in order collect a half a million bucks from her father as with all of these schemes things just don't go to plan, stupidity and mayhem follow. This movie has a look and feel of a 70s made for TV thriller punctured with scenes of violence and comic relief straight from the grind house " how to make a movie guidebook " The characters are all as amoral as you can get with the exception of Candy and a little mute boy!!! The pace of the movie moves a little too slow in parts particularly in the middle section but picks momentum big time during the almost " jaw dropping " conclusion. In fact the conclusion is what has set this movie apart ( I think ) from many other similar but easily forgettable movies from the period. It shows several shocking, intelligent and believable plot twists, with the last being the most shocking of all. This movie isn't as visceral as Last House on the Left or as controversial as Fight for Your Life but has more than a good deal of intelligence and directorial talent than most of the 70s offerings, So check it out. And with the recent Subversive DVD release of this not quite a classic but... It is no more one of those " lost gems "


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