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The Awakening of Candra (1983)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 16 December 1983
Based on the true-life story of teenage bride Candra Torres who was abducted in 1975 while on a honeymoon camping trip in the High Sierras.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Tom Lazarus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Blanche Baker ... Candra Torres
Cliff De Young ... Thomas Leslie Brown
Richard Jaeckel ... Robert Harrison
Jeffrey Tambor ... Professor Michael Silver
Paul Regina ... Julio Torres
Elizabeth Cheshire ... Maria
Parley Baer ... Chief Brooks
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Sara
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Reiser
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ... Dr. Larsen
Gypsi DeYoung Gypsi DeYoung ... Bonnie (as Gypsi De Young)
Jonathan Estrin Jonathan Estrin ... Forest
Robert Moloney Robert Moloney ... Hayden
Myron Natwick ... Burrows
Bunny Summers ... Mrs. Nettles
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Based on the true-life story of teenage bride Candra Torres who was abducted in 1975 while on a honeymoon camping trip in the High Sierras.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hypnoosi See more »

Filming Locations:

Kern River, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1981 but not broadcast until 1983. See more »

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US TV movie but a pretty tough one

US TV movie but a pretty tough one from Paul Wedkos, who worked almost exclusively in such movies though he did make the interesting but much maligned, The Mephisto Waltz ten years before this. Leading lady, or lady who is lead on a lead for most of the movie, is Blanche Baker, who I was not aware of but who does very well here and is still working today. Big bad boy here is played very effectively by Cliff De Young and he is most convincing. Unfortunately this is very predictable at first and soon becomes annoying as the innocent couple go out of their way to prepare for disaster. Things change however, and we subsequently get, the best presentation of the 'Stockholm Syndrome' outside of the Patty Hearst. Even so the lighting is uninspired, the camera work dull and the dialogue struggling to stay this side of believable. We could have just done with a couple of sharp shocks or spine tingling moments to enliven this well meaning attempt to do something a little different.


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