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Sweet Hostage

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Genre  Drama Romance
Music director  Luchi de Jesus
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Director  Lee Philips
Screenplay  Edward Hume
Country  United States
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Release date  October 10, 1975
Writer  Edward Hume (teleplay), Nathaniel Benchley (novel)
Cast  Linda Blair (Doris Mae Withers), Martin Sheen (Leonard Hatch), Jeanne Cooper (Mrs. Withers), Lee de Broux (Sheriff Emmet), Bert Remsen (Mr. Withers), Dehl Berti (Harry Fox)
Similar movies  Martin Sheen appears in Sweet Hostage and In the Custody of Strangers
Tagline  Was it a kidnapping... or a rescue?

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Sweet Hostage is a 1975 American made-for-television romantic drama film based on the novel Welcome to Xanadu by Nathaniel Benchley. The film stars Linda Blair and Martin Sheen. It was filmed in Taos County, New Mexico. It was featured in ABC's Friday Night Movie series. Film and television critic Leonard Maltin rated the movie as "Average" in his biennial ratings guide TV Movies. In his capsule review, Maltin said the performances by Sheen and Blair almost made this talky adaptation of the Nathaniel Benchley novel worthwhile. The film was only a moderate success in the Nielsen ratings, and failed to generate the type of provocative press which was then-standard for a Linda Blair movie.


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Leonard Hatch (Martin Sheen), a fugitive mental patient, kidnaps Doris Mae Withers (Linda Blair), a semi-illiterate farm girl, and takes her away to his remote mountain cabin. There the poetic Leonard becomes her teacher, friend, and lover.


  • Linda Blair as Doris Mae Withers
  • Martin Sheen as Leonard Hatch
  • Jeanne Cooper as Mrs. Withers
  • Lee de Broux as Sheriff Emmet
  • Bert Remsen as Mr. Withers
  • Dehl Berti as Harry Fox
  • Al Hopson as Mr. Smathers
  • William Sterchi as Hank Smathers
  • Roberto Valentino De Leon as Juan
  • Michael Eiland as Tom Martinez
  • Mary Michael Carnes as dry goods clerk
  • Don Hann as liquor store proprietor
  • Ross Elder as hospital attendant
  • Chris Williams as man in bungalow
  • DVD

    Sweet Hostage was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on November 2nd, 2011, as a Region 1 MOD DVD made available through Warner Archive.


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