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The Rimers of Eldritch 

A backwater Iowa town is in ethical turmoil after the sexual assult of a teenage girl and murder trial.


Davey Marlin-Jones


Lanford Wilson (play)

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Episode credited cast:
Roberts Blossom ... Judge / Preacher
K Callan ... Evelyn Jackson
Cliff Carpenter ... Peck Johnson
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Nelly Winrod
Kathleen Doyle ... Lena Truit
Will Hare ... Skelly Mannor
Kate Harrington Kate Harrington ... Martha Truit
Rue McClanahan ... Cora
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Trucker
Joanna Roos ... Mary Winrod
Susan Sarandon ... Patsy Johnson
Vance Sorrells Vance Sorrells ... Josh Johnson
James Staley ... Robert Conklin (Driver Jr.)
Helen Stenborg Helen Stenborg ... Mavis Johnson
Frances Sternhagen ... Wilma Atkins


A backwater Iowa town is in ethical turmoil after the sexual assult of a teenage girl and murder trial.

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Release Date:

4 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsville, Maryland, USA

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Lanford Wilson at his best
27 May 2002 | by mizzmiaSee all my reviews

My class is putting on a production of this play so we watched the film. The film keeps the same story and characters as Lanford Wilson's play. The cast is interesting, one is able to see a few famous faces such as a young Susan Sarandon as Patsy Johnson and Rue McClanahan as Cora Groves. I thought they acted very well. The two characters that I thought were best portrayed were Mary Windrod and Skelly Manor. The actors playing them captured the roles very well and realistically. I did not however like the actress who played Eva Jackson. I thought she made her too young and at times mentally challenged. She's fourteen and immature, not retarded! All in all the film is good, but I suggest reading the play or seeing a production of it. You would probably enjoy it more.

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