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The Bad Seed (1985)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 7 February 1985
Fatal freak accidents force a widow to realize her precocious 9-year-old daughter was born to kill.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (based upon the play by), William March (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Blair Brown ... Christine Penmark
Lynn Redgrave ... Monica Breedlove
David Carradine ... Leroy Jessup
Carrie Wells Carrie Wells ... Rachel Penmark
Richard Kiley ... Richard Bravo
David Ogden Stiers ... Emory Breedlove
Chad Allen ... Mark Daigler
Weldon Bleiler Weldon Bleiler ... Fred Daigler
Christa Denton Christa Denton ... Rhoda Penmark
Sarah Fairfax
Anne Haney ... Alice Fern
Carol Locatell ... Rita Daigler
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Mrs. Post
Katharine Tobin Katharine Tobin ... Student
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Storyline

Rachel is a 9-year-old girl who is perfection itself - unless she's crossed or challenged. Several disturbing recent incidents have led Rachel's mother Christine to suspect that her child is a latent murderess. Upon discovering that she herself is the daughter of a convicted killer, Christine becomes convinced that sweet little Rachel is a "bad seed" - an inherent killer who feels no remorse because she doesn't know any better. Written by Ørnås

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Rachel Penmark is such a *different* little girl. So calm, so well-mannered...so deadly. See more »


Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La mala semilla See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patty McCormack, star of the 1956 film, was offered the role of Monica Breedlove. However, after reading the script, she promptly turned down the part. See more »

Crazy Credits

[caption written for closing angle on Rachel, never used; left on cutting room-floor] THE BEGINNING See more »

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Remade as Law & Order: Killerz (1999) See more »

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Dreadful Remake
3 March 2004 | by noirprncessSee all my reviews

Why not leave a classic alone unless you can actually improve it? The little girl reminds me of a robot reciting her lines and lacks the believability of a "scary" murderous child. Additionally the changes in the script for updating purposes actually work AGAINST the story line not for it. For example, one of the charms of the original was the fact that any violence was left out of the view of the camera and to the viewers imagination. This version includes a visually graphic depiction of the little Miss Penmark's actions. Why bother to partially update the story instead of making a movie based on the original and using more "modern" and original ideas?


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