John Ritter's death reminds me of how many superb TV MOVIES need to be released...

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  1. Dick

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    I watched UNNATURAL CAUSES last night and am reminded what a fine dramatic actor John Ritter was, as well as skilled comedian. His work in DREAMER OF OZ was also excellent. I am hoping someone will see fit to get these out now.

    But, in addition to the two titles mentioned above, look what else remains unreleased on DVD from the days when Network television actually addressed timely issues and made outstanding movies in-house:

    BITTER HARVEST (Government poisons Ron Howard's cattle)
    DUEL ('Nuff said)
    SOMETHING EVIL (also Spielberg)
    NIGHT GALLERY (one episode Spielberg)
    GO ASK ALICE (Fine teenage drug-abuse film)
    PROMISE (Hallmark, with James Garner and James Wood)
    GOD BLESS THE CHILD (Mare Winningham, poverty-stricken mom)
    CRISIS AT CENTRAL HIGH (Joanne Woodward as a model teacher)
    THAT CERTAIN SUMMER (First TV film about homosexuality)
    FEAR ON TRIAL (The Joe McCarthy blacklist trials)
    SURVIVING (Ellen Burstyn, River Phoenix, Heather O'Rourke
    in powerful movie about teen suicide)
    SOMETHING ABOUT AMELIA and FALLEN ANGEL (Both thoughtful
    and insightful films about child abuse)
    TAIL-GUNNER JOE (Peter Boyle as Senator Joe McCarthy)
    ANGEL CITY (Jennifer Jason Leigh, etc. as migrant workers
    caught in a trap of depression and fear)
    SYBIL (We'd love the three-hour version, please!)
    BURNING BED (Dynamite Farah Fawcett Majors role)
    FRIENDLY FIRE (Carol Burnett as mother whose son is killed
    by our own side during Vietnam war)
    COLD NIGHT'S DEATH (Robert Culp battles killer apes!)
    ELVIS (Superb Kurt Russell role)
    THORN BIRDS Miniseries
    DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME (Watered down Thomas Tryon, but
    not bad otherwise)
    SPECIAL BULLET (Nuclear terrorism at its scariest)
    FIGHT FOR LIFE (Jerry Lewis - fine, restrained perofrmance)
    RAID ON ENTEBBE (Israeli kidnapping in Uganda)
    EXECUTIONER'S SONG (Tommy Lee Jones as Gary Gilmore)
    FIGHT FOR JENNY (Custody battle)
    INTO THIN AIR (Ellen Burstyn's son vanishes without trace)
    HELTER SKELTER (Steve Railsback as Charles Manson)
    BABY GIRL SCOTT (John Lithgow's early, terrific role)
    PACK OF LIES (Neighbors turned into spies)
    RUMOR OF WAR (Vietnam again, well done)
    HEARTSOUNDS (James Garner and Carol Burnett)
    IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILDREN (A foster family
    grows too attached to & loses three displaced children)
    GUYANA TRAGEDY: STORY OF JIM JONES (Powers Boothe)

    And those are just the network movies I can think of... Again, I wish Leonard Maltin or someone would release a book listing every t.v. movie ever made with credits and photos. And then there are the CABLE movies that need to be released...

    FLIGHT OF BLACK ANGEL
    COUNTDOWN TO LOOKING GLASS
    THE DAY AFTER
    TREASURE ISLAND (Charlton Heston)
    INDICTMENT: THE McMARTIN TRIAL
    BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
    THE BURNING SEASON (Raul Julia as Chico Mendez)

    Oh...just too many. And each of the above titles is so-o-o
    much better than 90% of the dreck Hollywood produces that it's a crime more attention isn't paid to them.
     
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    Thank you, Damin, I see that now, but really the emphasis of this thread is specifically made-for-television movies as yet unreleased, with and without Mr. Ritter - a much broader subject. Sorry, Jodee- not trying to steal your thunder!
     
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    Oh sorry - I thought your list was limited to Ritter films (not being much of a TV film watcher, I was unfamiliar with much of your list when I scanned it quickly). I should've picked up on Duel, though.

    DJ
     
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    Also Harold Robbins 'The Pirate'(1978) would be great to have. I can't even find this on VHS!

    Kamyar
     
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    I am always game for Fatal Justice when its on Lifetime or A&E.

    -- Matt
     
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    Agree about DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT.

    Also I would add THE FIFTH MISSILE. Would love to see this one out on DVD!
     
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    A great list of made-for-TV movies. The 1970s were a great time for this particular genre.

    A few others:

    THE LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN (Elizabeth Montgomery is excellent in this rich interpretation of the notorious murder trial.)
    A CASE OF RAPE (Again, Elizabeth Montgomery gives a strong performance in this groundbreaking look at the criminal justice system's treatment of rape victims.)
    SAY GOODBYE, MAGGIE COLE (Susan Hayward in a small-screen tearjerker recalls the best of her big-screen work.)

    Not to mention, any and all of those horror/occult themed made-for-TV movies. Some were definitely better than others, but just about all of them are fun, and the perfect thing to watch on a rainy, lazy weekend afternoon.
     
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    Fatal Vision - Captain Jeff MacDonald, a renowned and an ambitious surgeon at Fort Bragg army base, appears to be a happily married father of two. When the MP enter MacDonald's house in response to his desperate emergency call they find him injured and his wife and daughters murdered. He reports a gang of drugged 'hippies' raided the house and attacked the family. As a massive search for the suspects yields no leads, investigators focus on some inconsistencies in MacDonald's account and he becomes their prime suspect.

    The Pride of Jesse Hallam - Jesse Hallam (Johnny Cash), a miner since 14 from the Coal Fields sector of Western Kentucky in Muhlenberg County, has no choice but to leave his country home when his young daughter requires spinal surgery in the Ohio metropolis, paid with cash in advance obtained from the sale of his property after his wife's death. He pits his native intelligence and work ethic against the problem of not being able to read or write, and discovers that in order to support himself and his two children, he must become literate.

    A Killing in a Small Town - A small town is shocked by the brutal ax murder of a woman. However, they are even more shocked when a reserved neighboring woman (Barbara Hershey) who is a wife and mother becomes the chief suspect. During the investigation, she is placed under hypnosis which reveals a different personality completely. Based on a true event that occurred in Texas in 1980.

    The Gathering - Dying father (Ed Asner) pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.
     
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    I thought "The Day After" was ABC.. but I guess I could be wrong; the Guyana Tragedy is one I really wish was on DVD
     
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    John Ritter was in a favorite of mine known as The Colony.
     
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    The 70s were a great decade for made-for-Tv horror.

    I'd add:

    THE BERMUDA DEPTHS (haunting fantasy/monster movie with Burl Ives, Carl Weathers, Connie Sellaca and Leigh McCloskey)

    THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE (with Doug McClure)

    THE LAST DINOSAUR (Richard Boone hunting cheesy dinosaur)

    SNOWBEAST
    THE NORLISS TAPES

    and many, many others I'm forgetting at the moment...
     
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    Here are some tv movies that I would like to see released on dvd in their entierty

    The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980 early schwarzenegger)

    Doing Time On Maple Drive 1990( Jim carrey dramatic role)

    Elvis (1979) full 2.5 hour version (John Carpenter)

    Someone's Watching me (1978 John Carpenter)

    Something Evil (1972 Spielberg horror)

    The Possessed (1977 Early Harrison Ford Role)

    Duel (I think we all know about this one[​IMG] )

    Name of the Game LA 2017 (Speilberg tv movie)

    Night Gallery (early Spielberg Work)
     
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    Chris - You are right and I am wrong. THE DAY AFTER was from the ABC network.
     
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    Also, I would definitely purchase A WOMAN SCORNED: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY and HER FINAL FURY: THE BETTY BRODERICK STORY--THE FINAL CHAPTER. Meredith Baxter was deservedly nominated for an Emmy for her fierce portrayal of the title character.
     
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    There was a great t.v. movie from the late 70s (or very early 80s) called "Amber Waves." It starred Kurt Russell, Mare Winningham, and Dennis Weaver. Kurt Russell played an arrogant model who ends up working on Weaver's farm.

    It was a terrific character study of all three co-leads. I saw it as a kid and found it very compelling and well made. (I can still remember the scene where Kurt Russell is about to get beat up by a local tough and, just before the first blow, cries out, "Not the face! Not the face!" LOL)
     

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