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The Visitors (1972)

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are ... See full summary »

Director:

Elia Kazan

Writer:

Chris Kazan (from an original screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Harry Wayne
Patricia Joyce Patricia Joyce ... Martha Wayne
James Woods ... Bill Schmidt
Steve Railsback ... Sgt. Mike Nickerson
Chico Martínez Chico Martínez ... Tony Rodriguez
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Storyline

Bill, Martha and their little child Hal are spending a quiet winter Sunday in their cosy house when they get an unexpected visit from Mike Nickerson and Tony Rodriguez. Mike and Tony are old acquaintances of Bill; a few years back, in Vietnam, they were in the same platoon. They also became opposed parties in a court martial - for a reason that Bill never explained to Martha. What happened in Vietnam, and what is the reason for the presence of Mike and Tony ? Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Every one wants to turn his back on violence until it knocks at his front door.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Los visitantes See more »

Filming Locations:

Newton, Connecticut, USA

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Budget:

$135,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Home Free See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brian De Palma says on a interview given for the DVD extras of Casualties of War (1989) that the idea from this movie came from the same story that Casualties of War (1989) is based on. The story was published in "The New Yorker" Magazine in 1969, and later became a book. Allegedly Elia Kazan also read the story on The New Yorker and had the idea of a fictional script that showed the after wards of the true history showed in Casualties of War (1989), in which the character played by Sean Penngoes to jail after has been convicted by a martial court of war crimes (he and three outer guys kidnapped, raped and them murdered a Vietnamese girl in the Vietnam war). In the movie, Sean Penn's character, in his trial, promises revenge to Michael J. Foxcharacter, who was the one that reported him. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lute Suite #1
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Performed by William Matthews, guitar
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Kazan curio from 1972
27 July 2017 | by wavecat13See all my reviews

This curio is a low budget drama directed by Elia Kazan from a script by his son. This is probably one of the first times audiences got to see James Woods in a leading role. He plays Bill, a young man, just back from the Vietnam War and living in a rural menage with his girl, her older husband, and his child. The older guy is a Hemingwayesque writer with a penchant for booze, and Patrick McVey plays the role with aplomb. At their door appear a couple of Bill's old army buddies, and one of them has a grudge to work out, since Bill ratted him out something back in the war zone. The young woman gets into it too, and the tension grows to an inevitable confrontation. There are no revelations here, but it is worth a look.


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