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Abduction (1975)

Daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped by left wing terrorists.

Director:

Joseph Zito

Writers:

Kent E. Carroll, Harrison James (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith-Marie Bergan ... Patricia
David Pendleton ... Dory
Gregory Rozakis ... Frank
Catherine Lacy Catherine Lacy ... Carol
Presley Caton Presley Caton ... Angie
Andrew Rohrer Andrew Rohrer ... Michael
Rosette Graboi Rosette Graboi ... Mover
Kathleen Gittel Kathleen Gittel ... Mover
W.T. Martin W.T. Martin ... Mover
John Spencer John Spencer ... Mover
Leif Erickson ... Prescott
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Prescott
Pat Hernon Pat Hernon ... Newscaster
Dan Daniel Dan Daniel ... Newscaster
John Bartholomew Tucker John Bartholomew Tucker ... Newscaster
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Based, loosely, on the story of Patty Hearst's kidnappings by the SLA. The daughter of wealthy businessman is taken hostage by a gang of radical black revolutionaries. While she fears for her life at first, she gradually starts to become sympathetic to her kidnappers' cause, and eventually considers herself to be one of them. When the police finally find her, will they bring her back to her family, or lock her up in jail? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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It started as a novel. It became the most bizarre kidnapping of the century. And now it is a major motion picture. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1977 (UK) See more »

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Blackpool Partnership See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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A terribly decent first film from Joseph Zito
27 August 2003 | by christophaskellSee all my reviews

Not until after the credits rolled did I find out the interesting history behind this novel adaptation. The novel this movie was based on, Black Abductor, was published a year before the exact same thing happened with a girl by the name of Patty Hearst. In the book/film, Patricia Prescott (Judith-Marie Berigan) is kidnapped by political activists who believe with her they can get Mr. Prescott (Leif Erickson), a prominent politician, to reverse the opening of some high-rise apartments. The federal government supposedly allotted money to Mr. Prescott to build low-income housing, but he, being the corrupt republican, used the money to secure a business deal on some gaudy high-rent jobs. To the surprise of even the activists, Patricia falls in love with the ideals of the group and asks to join the cause. The print I watched looked terrible, and the volume was very inconsistent, but that aside I enjoyed the movie and felt it moved at a very appropriate pace. Some of the sex seemed gratuitous, but I'm guessing it's only because the original novel was intended as an adult sex novel. Zito went on to direct arguably the best of the crappy Friday the 13th series, 'The Final Chapter' (the fourth one I think), but it's not surprising that Hollywood trusted him after this solid beginning. Rating: 25/40


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