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Sweet Hostage (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 10 October 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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Was it a kidnapping.... or a rescue? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The dress that Linda Blair wore in the film was the same dress she wore to the 46th Academy Awards in 1974. See more »

Goofs

When Leonard leaves the cabin to go into to town to do the shopping, he leaves the shopping list on the table. Later, in the store, he is seen reading from the list. See more »

Quotes

Hospital Attendant: Oh, Excuse me, Mr. Kahn, Luncheon is served
Leonard Hatch: In Xanadu did I, a stately pleasure dome did decree. And there, from force of habit, I only dine with royalty.
Hospital Attendant: Your Majesty, your knights await.
Leonard Hatch: And my days, as well.
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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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User Reviews

 
Best Blair/Sheen movie ever!
25 August 1999 | by CarrigonSee all my reviews

This is an amazing movie for its time and you can really see the talent of Linda Blair and Martin Sheen in this film. It's about a man who escapes from an asylum and kidnaps a teenage girl. The two of them fall in love, but sadly their love is doomed. It's a story that really stays with you for years. It's well worth watching.


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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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