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.
He captured a girl... but unleashed a woman.
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The film has endured criticism from contemporary and modern-day audiences for its portrayal and alleged glamorization of Stockholm syndrome, ephebophilia, domestic abuse, and kidnapping of a teen-aged girl. Others have argued that the "kidnapping" was more of a "rescue" for Doris Withers and that she was better off with Leonard Hatch who, despite kidnapping her, went to great lengths, to educate her, guide her, and (for the most part) remained respectful of his boundaries with her in contrast to her life on a dirt farm with abusive parents who overwork and overbear her with hard labor. As well as for allowing her to not peruse an education. See more
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
Oh, Excuse me, Mr. Kahn, Luncheon is served
In Xanadu did I, a stately pleasure dome did decree. And there, from force of habit, I only dine with royalty.
Your Majesty, your knights await.
And my days, as well.
Strangers on a Carousel
Music by George Barrie
Lyrics by Bob Larimer
Sung by Stephen Schwartz
(as Steven Michael Schwartz) See more