This is some real dreck from the lowest depths of the Harry Novak film vaults. Rescued by Something Video Video from a battered old print, this is one case where the film probably could've stayed buried and we all would be better for it.
Film ostensibly follows a fugitive killer (the film's original title - Novak tacked on the more exploitative "Fugitive Women" moniker despite the fact that there are precisely no fugitive women in the movie) who escapes from jail and hides out in the woods. The real subject, however, is young Alan, a farmer's boy who just wants to go fishing. On and on he begs his father, who considers the matter carefully and at great length. When he finally relents and lets the boy go, we launch into a long chronicle of Alan's preparations. First it's back to the house, where his mom gives him a lecture about not helping his father, then there's a long scene of him wandering down a road, where he's interrupted by a couple of cops who *also* give him a lecture about going fishing without permission (Alan insists his dad said yes and his mom said no, which the deputies decide makes it all right). Along the way, Alan's sister is hanging laundry on the clothesline and ends up assaulted by the convict, which, in typical '70s fashion, she quickly comes around to. Alan had finally settled down for his fishing adventure around the half-hour mark, which is where I turned this thing off. Life is just too damn short.
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