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Sweet Hostage (1975)

An escaped mental patient kidnaps an illiterate teenage farm girl and takes her to his mountain hide-away, where they soon become friends and, eventually, lovers.

Director:

Lee Philips

Writers:

Edward Hume (teleplay), Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Linda Blair ... Doris Mae Withers
Martin Sheen ... Leonard Hatch
Jeanne Cooper ... Mrs. Withers
Lee de Broux ... Sheriff Emmet (as Lee DeBroux) (as Lee Debroux)
Bert Remsen ... Mr. Withers
Dehl Berti Dehl Berti ... Harry Fox
Al Hopson Al Hopson ... Mr. Smathers
William Sterchi ... Hank Smathers (as Bill Sterchi)
Roberto Valentino De Leon Roberto Valentino De Leon ... Juan
Michael Eiland Michael Eiland ... Tom Martinez (as Michael C. Eiland)
Mary Michael Carnes Mary Michael Carnes ... Dry Goods Clerk
Don Hann Don Hann ... Liquor Store Proprietor
Ross Elder Ross Elder ... Hospital Attendant
Chris Williams Chris Williams ... Man in Bungalow
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Storyline

An escaped mental patient kidnaps an illiterate teenage farm girl and takes her to his mountain hide-away, where they soon become friends and, eventually, lovers.

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At first, she was too frightened to feel anything but fear. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to Xanadu See more »

Filming Locations:

Taos, New Mexico, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brut Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Blair accepted the role hoping the producers would cast then-boyfriend Rick Springfield to star alongside her; after Martin Sheen was cast, Blair admits to "falling madly in love with him", although no real-life affair ensued. See more »

Goofs

Overhead view of Leonard Hatch on highway escape hospital claims '35 years old', later, when the Sheriff gets fax info, states '31 years old' See more »

Quotes

Harry Fox: Live long and prosper!
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Connections

References To Tell the Truth (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers on a Carousel
Music by George Barrie ASCAP
Lyrics by Bob Larimer ASCAP
Sung by Stephen Schwartz (as Steven Michael Schwartz)
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good old movie
18 July 2004 | by michaelkeeleeSee all my reviews

I watched this movie many moons ago and enjoyed it very much. In todays standards it probably would not rate but even if I saw it today I would still love it, wish I could buy the movie on DVD. This movie is for the romantics at heart! It starts off strange and mean and the whole time your rooting for linda blair character to get away, but towards the middle you find yourself wanting them to get along and be together. Martin sheens character is very strange, but towards the end you love him and understand him. Even though he's supposed to be crazy you want to be like him because he sees the world differently, a kinder world until the end.


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