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Usually a terible affair but there are some good ones. My faves are:

LA takedown

Summer dreams (the story of the Beach Boys - so good it doesn't even have an original B.B's score but done by a covers band)

What other gems am i missing out on?

james (james), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? - starring Ms. Tori Spelling. Actually all of the Tori Spelling tv movies are classic.

Also, I liked the one where David Morse was getting the tar beat out of him by his shrewish wife but he was afraid to report it to the police because Men Don't Tell.

Nicole (Nicole), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:40 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked "My Invisible Child" - it really was about an invisible child. They were so horrible to it - they never fed it or anything

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Whats the one with Ben Affleck as the steroid user?

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:49 (eighteen years ago) link

real life?

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:50 (eighteen years ago) link

ooh was "Quarterback Princess" a tv movie? What about the one with Helen Hunt as a drug user who jumps out a window on pcp?

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Was the Eric Stoltz and Cher's movie vehicle "Mask" a TVM - i love that one but i feel it may have been a studio movie.

"quarter back princess" sounds brilliant

And "no way out" when the kids take acid and take over the school - that rocks i love that film

james (james), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:52 (eighteen years ago) link

I love made for TV movies. The ones I watch are usually called things like "Blood is Thicker" or "Not Without My Children". The plot usually runs "empowered single female lawyer represents herself in court against the man who date-raped her whilst helping her young son through leukaemia - before getting her tits out (because she is empowered)". all men are usually evil and the high court judge is always black, female and sympathetic.

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:55 (eighteen years ago) link

Quarterback Princess is another Helen Hunt special.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:57 (eighteen years ago) link

My uncle (vice squad cop) had to be a consultant on a hooker TVM starring Mare Winningham.

suzy (suzy), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 14:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Who Will Love my Children? nearly killed me.

Ann-Margret stars as a poor, minimally educated rural Iowa mother, Lucile, who learns on the occasion of the birth of her tenth child that she is dying of cancer. Reasoning that her husband is not responsible enough to take care of her children on his own, Lucile takes upon herself the task of finding suitable foster parents for her soon-to-be motherless brood.

Lara (Lara), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Lara - superb - I hope there was plenty of soft focus and men hitting steering wheels shouting "dammit"

j0e (j0e), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:02 (eighteen years ago) link

"Angel Dusted" is the one with Helen Hunt and pcp. Hehehe.

Chris V. (Chris V), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:02 (eighteen years ago) link

My favourites are "Because Daddy Smokes", "Perchance to Dream : The Jas Man Story" and "Mommy, why does my face look like Vimto?"

Lynskey (Lynskey), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Lifetime Channel to thread!

Surely the monarch of these kinds of things would be Rona Jaffe's Mazes and Monsters, with Tom Hanks as the geek who takes his Dungeons and Dragons-style adventuring A LITTLE TOO FAR. The early eighties like you never wanted to encounter again; guest cameo appearance by the World Trade Center as 'the Two Towers,' Hanks' useless friends at first having thought it referred to Tolkien. Of course.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 15:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Oooh, I loved Not Without My Daughter!!!

But I also liked both versions of the Joey Buttafuoco/Amy Fisher story. The Stand was entertaining - but that was more of a miniseries, does that count? I think I remember liking Last Flight Out too, about the last flight out of Saigon, er Ho Chi Minh City, before the viet cong took over.

phil-two (phil-two), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Oooh, I loved Not Without My Daughter!!

But that was a theatrical movie! It was certainly a TV movie writ large, though.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:21 (eighteen years ago) link

oh, i think it was a book too.

phil-two (phil-two), Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:25 (eighteen years ago) link

Tori Spelling - "Co-Ed Call Girl". God, I loved that one...medical student by day, call girl by night who gets lured in by being told "You only have to go to dinner with them..."

Especially the scene where she is stripping in time for an orchestra conductor who is playing Moonlight Sonata. Da-da-da-da-da-da Ha!

elisabeth k, Wednesday, 19 March 2003 16:35 (eighteen years ago) link

BOTH versions? There were THREE Amy Fisher movies! Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano, and Noelle Parker all portrayed her.

Mask was a Peter Bogdonavich movie. (And number 66 in John Waters' "Hatchet Piece"!)

rosemary (rosemary), Thursday, 20 March 2003 02:27 (eighteen years ago) link

The Executioner's Song

Norman Mailer's Gary Gilmore story with Tommy Lee Jones, Rosanna Arquette, Christine Lahti, Eli Wallach and the cinematography of Freddie Francis

gabbneb (gabbneb), Thursday, 20 March 2003 03:32 (eighteen years ago) link

My uncle (vice squad cop) had to be a consultant on a hooker TVM starring Mare Winningham.

This was Off the Minnesota Strip, if I remember correctly, and was pretty good. I also like Go Ask Alice, and [girls name]: Diary of a Teenage Runaway with Eve Plumb. (Do you detect a theme?) ABC's Movie of the Week from the early 70s owns this thread.

nickn (nickn), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:11 (eighteen years ago) link

cornflakes for breakfast

minna (minna), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:18 (eighteen years ago) link

My fave: the mid-70s PBS version of The Lathe Of Heaven

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:26 (eighteen years ago) link

Any tv movie with Christine Lahti is fantastic.

Brian Dennehy deserves an honourable mention.

estela, Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Duel! Spielberg's pre-Jaws "Jaws on the highway."

Tep (ktepi), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Go Ask Alice is my favorite. I also loved Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and Alex: The Other Side of Dawn, with Leigh McCloskey as Dawn's teenage hustler pal. And who could forget the Linda Blair classix Born Innocent, Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic and Sweet Hostage (with Martin Sheen). Martin was also great in That Certain Summer, the first gay-themed TV movie. He and Hal Holbrook play a gay couple. Hustling was a pretty good TV hooker film, it was Jill Clayburgh's breakthrough role.

Arthur (Arthur), Thursday, 20 March 2003 06:53 (eighteen years ago) link

'Jaws On The Highway'? A shark on a motorbike?

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 20 March 2003 18:43 (eighteen years ago) link

That would be Tim Burton's remake, but no. Jaws in this case is an 18-wheeler driven by a psycho trucker who you never (or maybe only briefly, I don't remember) actually see, as he stalks Dennis Weaver through the desert. Better than it sounds, especially for a made-for-TV thriller, and written by Richard Matheson.

Tep (ktepi), Thursday, 20 March 2003 19:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Duh! I forgot Born Innocent which is indeed as good as the legend suggests. Also, I liked Maybe I'll Come Home In The Spring with Sally Field - hippy-ish chick comes home to strife at her uptight parent's home. The original Night Stalker movie was very good too. And something called The People about this commune-type affair where the residents have some kind of telekinetic powers.

nickn (nickn), Friday, 21 March 2003 07:28 (eighteen years ago) link

eight years pass...

anyone else seen 'the wave,' from 1981, with bruce davison as the history teacher who decides to try to turn his students into nazis as an in-class experiment?

just found it on youtube and was amazed how much of it i remembered, considering i'd barely thought about it since seeing it in eighth grade. some bad acting, but i still found it surprisingly powerful and not-dated.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 14 April 2011 01:35 (ten years ago) link

Oh yeah, very dim memories of this thing. Don't know if I actually saw it or just heard about it.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 April 2011 01:52 (ten years ago) link

Overview of the actual event, at least what's known about it:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 April 2011 01:54 (ten years ago) link

And getting back to Davison:

In 1978 he appeared opposite actor Richard Hatch in the made-for-tv biopic of 1960s pop duo Jan & Dean Deadman's Curve, playing the role of Dean Torrence.

What the hell was that like!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 April 2011 01:55 (ten years ago) link

Whoa, the ending of the movie -- with Bruce Johnston!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 April 2011 01:57 (ten years ago) link

I mean c'mon!

The Louvin Spoonful (WmC), Thursday, 14 April 2011 02:12 (ten years ago) link

anybody remember After the Promise w/ Mark Harmon, about a father who gets all his kids taken away by the state during the depression and tries to find/rescue them all from their situations. horrifically sad, haven't seen it since back then but it stayed with me

tremendoid, Thursday, 14 April 2011 04:49 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

It came from 1983:

The TV movie that time forgot, I think; don't seem to be any clips anywhere. Get a load of that cast!

Malibu is a 1983 television film, based on a novel by William Murray. Featuring Kim Novak and James Coburn, the all star miniseries involves a young couple from Milwaukee, who move into the fabled, high-society Malibu beach community, and become involved with the lives of the various people living in the community.


William Atherton - Stan Harvey
James Coburn - Tom Wharton
Susan Dey - Linda Harvey
Chad Everett - Art Bonnell
Steve Forrest - Rich Bradley
George Hamilton - Jay Pomerantz
Jenilee Harrison - Cindy
Ann Jillian - Gail Hessian
Richard Mulligan - Charlie Wigham
Anthony Newley - Wilson Mahoney
Kim Novak - Billie Farnsworth
Valerie Perrine - Dee Staufer
Eva Marie Saint - Mary Wharton
Bridget Hanley - Laura Bonnell
Troy Donahue - Clint Redman
Brad Maule - Lane Ponda
Richard McKenzie - Hunnicutt Powell
Rod McCary - Alex West
Selma Archerd - Amanda Settles
Floyd Levine - Mr. X
Hansford Rowe - Dr. Ferraro
Reid Smith - Tad
Douglas Dirkson - Bascomb
Diane Sommerfield - Leoni
Steve Levitt - Goopy
Peter Van Norden - Bumbo
Carol Hamner - Mrs. Benedict
Monique St. Pierre - Jane Dennison
Tawny Kitaen - Mahoney's Girlfriend

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:38 (ten years ago) link

The one thing I vaguely remember about it was an ad on TV when it hit syndication involving some woman (presumably Eva Marie Saint's character) walking up to some other woman and Coburn at a party and saying something like "Hello...and please give me back my husband!" in a very sweet voice.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:39 (ten years ago) link

How about "Someone I Touched"?

polyphonic, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:44 (ten years ago) link

A woman learns that her husband has been unfaithful and that he has acquired a venereal disease. Then she learns that, after years of trying, she is finally pregnant.

Cloris Leachman AND Kenneth Mars, and it's not a comedy?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:51 (ten years ago) link

It's serious.

The song she sings over the opening credits is incredible.

polyphonic, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:55 (ten years ago) link

Available on Netflix WI fwiw

polyphonic, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:56 (ten years ago) link

I think the best one I ever saw was the Kojack pilot, The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which was first aired as a regular movie of the week in 1973. I just discovered that it's included in the season one box, so I'll keep an eye out for that. Go Ask Alice, mentioned upthread, is good too.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:56 (ten years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:57 (ten years ago) link

Wow the first minute and a half alone looks to be deep, deep seventies.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 21:58 (ten years ago) link

I could've given birth to a baby with no ARRRRRRRRRRMS

polyphonic, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 22:04 (ten years ago) link

I will watch any biopic made for TV.

I miss the mini-series like Lace, The Thornbirds and Centennial. Wish I had seen Malibu. That sounds awesome!

*tera, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 22:20 (ten years ago) link

Aw yeah.

Just let the 'starring in alphabetical order' credits take you away...

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 26 July 2011 22:21 (ten years ago) link

seven years pass...

I just discovered (and might piss my Sunday afternoon away watching) 1974's Pray for the Wildcats, starring William Shatner, Robert Reed, and Marjoe Gortner being led on a hazardous desert motorcycle trek by a crazed Andy Griffith. I have it on good authority that hippies and LSD are involved somehow.

The whole thing is up on YT.

A man of surgery, to remove the metal pellets from my flesh (Old Lunch), Sunday, 31 March 2019 13:16 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

I've been getting into these lately with the helpful guidance of the podcast "Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie," which so far has focused on the horror/occult/supernatural end of the genre.

A few of the better ones I've enjoyed:

Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)
The Initiation of Sarah (1978) like Carrie goes to college
Summer of Fear (1978) w/ Linda Blair, this is good enough to be a regular movie
The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) w/ Elizabeth Montgomery
Gargoyles (1972) again, enough production value to be a regular movie
The Stranger Within (1974) w/ Barbara Eden

Josefa, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:00 (one week ago) link

Some of them probably were released in theatres outside of the US.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:46 (one week ago) link

I'll take any opportunity to promote 1974's Pray for the Wildcats, starring Shatner and Robert Reed and Marjoe Gortner as desk jockeys taken on a desert motorcycle bro-down by their sinister boss, Andy Griffith.

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:56 (one week ago) link

loooool, totally missed that I already touted that one immediately before the revive. Whoops!

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:56 (one week ago) link

Summer of Fear was, in Europe. And I think Duel (1971), Spielberg's debut, was as well.

Don't get me wrong, many of these are terrible and don't deserve a cinematic release, but once in a while you get a surprisingly high quality one. These are basically genre films that tweak the formula to some degree or other, often featuring good actors (seems like you couldn't get one made without at least one name actor).

Josefa, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:00 (one week ago) link

that was xpost to C. Grisso/McCain

Josefa, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

found this:

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:03 (one week ago) link

That is a good one, I've seen it.

Another great one, non-horror, is The Girl Most Likely To (1973), starring Stockard Channing in her first credited role as a chubby unattractive girl who suddenly becomes hot after being in a car accident and getting good plastic surgery. Scripted by Joan Rivers.

Josefa, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:08 (one week ago) link

^ actually it is kind of horror, but mostly comic

Josefa, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:12 (one week ago) link

I have copies of a lot of these (including Girl Most Likely To) sitting around unwatched. Perhaps the time has come to tackle some tv trash.

I liked The House That Would Not Die with Barbara Stanwyck. Kind of my platonic ideal Halloween (mildly creepy, mildly goofy, something you can put on in the background to just enjoy the vibes without needing to be too invested).

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:44 (one week ago) link

Lots of good horror ‘uns when I was a kid:

Trilogy of Terror (Karen Black in 3 roles)

Frankenstein: The True Story (“funny Polly Dolly!”)

Sybil (not really a horror movie but it played like one)

henry s, Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:28 (one week ago) link

I've still never seen Duel, but Spielberg's Something Evil, done a year later and with the kid from Family Affair, is scary.

And yeah, Sybil's great (and very much a horror movie whenever the mom is on screen).

clemenza, Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:33 (one week ago) link

The third segment of Trilogy of Terror, the Zuni doll segment, is like the mic drop of all TV movies

Josefa, Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:33 (one week ago) link

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