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Martin's Day (1985)

PG | | Drama | 22 February 1985 (USA)
Threatened with recapture after a prison escape, Martin Stechert grabs a twelve-year-old as hostage. He proves to be named Martin, too, a quiet "good little boy" always obeying the rules, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Martin Steckert
Lindsay Wagner ... Dr. Mennen
James Coburn ... Lt. Lardner
Justin Henry ... Martin
Karen Black ... Karen
John Ireland ... Brewer
Saul Rubinek ... Hitchhiker
R.H. Thomson ... Paul Mennen (as R.H. Thompson)
Dwayne McLean Dwayne McLean ... Youngman
Frank Adamson ... Garby
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Gas Station Attendant
J. Winston Carroll J. Winston Carroll ... Train Driver (as J.W. Carroll)
Bob Windsor Bob Windsor ... Train Engineer
Jeff Braunstein Jeff Braunstein ... Berglas
Dini Petty Dini Petty ... Newscaster
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Threatened with recapture after a prison escape, Martin Stechert grabs a twelve-year-old as hostage. He proves to be named Martin, too, a quiet "good little boy" always obeying the rules, whom life has given only dismal loneliness and frustration in return. Soon he begins to admire "Stech" for his cheeky pranks against society and his desperate mission to make dreams come true. In a climactic moment, he chooses to stay with the man even though he could run away. Via hijacks and hijinx, they flee to the idyllic peace of the older Martin's childhood home, a cabin on a lake. But the police are close behind, impatient and trigger-happy. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A két Martin See more »

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Trivia

Young Martin says his birthday is May 25th, which is Justin Henry's birthday. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Martin Steckert: The cabin was just home. Just me, my father. And he died, and it was just me.
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Referenced in A Perfect World (1993) See more »

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I'm Going Back to Where I Came From
(uncredited)
Written by Carson Robison
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Predated (but oh, so similar to) "A Perfect World"
10 March 2003 | by GoldenOldieSee all my reviews

I missed this film in 1984 but did see "A Perfect World: when it came out in the 1990's. If "Martin's Day" had followed the Costner movie I would have thought it less believable and compelling. The fact that it predated the Costner film gave it a big boost in my assessment of the film. Richard Harris was his usual excellent self; and all of the other members of the cast were excellent. I did find the ending, however, very weak. In the case of "A Perfect World" this was rectified. Anyone who sees one of these two films would be well advised to see the other.


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