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Unintentionally hilarious Made for TV movies:

"SOMEONE I TOUCHED" about syphilis. Stars Cloris Leachman and the always cute Glynnis O'Connor. From 1975

I came across this gem last night on Netflix, while intoxicated. The music, the awesome 70's styles, the script, the overwrought emoting.

This highlight reel is a gas! Pure gold!

"I'm afraid you got yourself a case of VD... If you don't get treated right away, it can be a bad scene!"

PS: Please link videos/clips of said TV movie if you can.

by Anonymousreply 15203/08/2016

Glynnis was the embodiment of Seventies teendom.

Wasn't Chloris a tad... even then... OLD to be "having a baby"?

by Anonymousreply 106/06/2013

"Someone I Touched" is fabulous and it's on Netflix streaming!

So is "Terraces," a 1977 TV-movie that was originally the pilot for a nighttime soap about the lifes, loves and LUSTS of an L.A. apartment building full of swingers.

In this clip, Julie Newmar (as the high-class hooker "Shalayne") gives fashion advice to new neighbor Kit McDonough.

by Anonymousreply 206/06/2013

Here's one of my favorite cheese fests--"Midnight Offerings" from 1981. Starring DL icon Melissa Sue Anderson as an evil teen witch. Also with Marion Ross and Gordon Jump.

Here's a clip. This entire cinematic masterwork is available on youtube for your viewing pleasure.

by Anonymousreply 306/07/2013

Someone just posted about one with Stockard Channing and Ed Asner. Can't remember what it was called, though.

by Anonymousreply 406/07/2013

Damn, that Terraces clip has some of the very worst acting I have ever seen. I don't remember Julie Newmar as being that bad.

by Anonymousreply 506/07/2013

[quote] Someone just posted about one with Stockard Channing and Ed Asner. Can't remember what it was called, though.

The Girl Most Likely To. Written by Joan Rivers, and it's fantastic!

by Anonymousreply 606/07/2013

I'm watching it now, R3.

by Anonymousreply 706/07/2013

Someone I Touched has a fabulous theme song.

I Posed for Playboy. Lynda Carter, Josie Bisset and the least memorable one of LA Law DON'T get their tits out.

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story. There are no words.

My Breast with Meredith Baxter. A breast cancer comedy.

That one where Lauren Hutton and her husband get lots of plastic surgery.

There was a TV movie where Molly Ringwald had AIDS and after her boyfriend put two condoms on to have sex with her, she tearfully spied him scrubbing every inch of his body with soap in the shower. That comedy was surely intentional.

On the flipside, there was this disturbing, graphic TV movie where this violent wife beater was jumping up and down on his wife's head and a scared cop stood by watching.

I also loved Morgan Fairchild and Ricki Lake in the parody of TV movies Based on an Untrue Story.

by Anonymousreply 806/07/2013

Do you have a Bad Ronald living under your staircase?

by Anonymousreply 906/07/2013

R8, the boyfriend was played by Chris Meloni!

by Anonymousreply 1006/07/2013

Oh, these are great!

by Anonymousreply 1106/07/2013

[quote]Glynnis was the embodiment of Seventies teendom.

She was truly gorgeous, such a natural beauty. Sad, you don't see that much anymore.

[quote]Wasn't Chloris a tad... even then... OLD to be "having a baby"?

Even when she was young, she looked a tad ... old.

by Anonymousreply 1206/07/2013

Is that Cloris singing the theme song? Awful.

And there is nothing cheesier than 70s fonts.

by Anonymousreply 1306/08/2013

Someone needs to do a mash-up of Cloris singing "Someone I Touched" and Barbra's "He Touched Me"

by Anonymousreply 1406/08/2013

[quote]On the flipside, there was this disturbing, graphic TV movie where this violent wife beater was jumping up and down on his wife's head and a scared cop stood by watching.

r8, I remember seeing this when I was a kid! It had something to do with this woman trying to get away from the abusive guy. The scene involved him dragging her outside their house and beating her and stomping on her head in broad daylight. If I recall correctly, the neighbors came outside and witnessed it as well, but nobody would do anything. It was surprisingly brutal for a TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 1506/08/2013

The Stranger Within - Barbara Eden and George Grizzard portraying a childless couple who suddenly discover she's pregnant. Wouldn't be a problem, save for the small fact that Grizzard's character had a vasectomy!!! Turns out she was impregnated by a being from another planet. As her pregnancy progresses, her behavior becomes stranger and stranger. She starts speaking in tongues and drinks hot scalding coffee right out of the pot without burning herself.

by Anonymousreply 1606/08/2013

I don't know what it was called, but it stars Sean Young.

After the death of her sister, she takes over the care of her children. All through the movie I thought she was going to murder them or eat them.

It turns out that she is mothering them, and falling in love with the Sheriff too! No expression on Ms. Young's face or any of her "acting" choices indicates that any of this is happening however. She is in a different plot.

She looks like Joan Crawford in "Straitjacket."

by Anonymousreply 1706/08/2013

Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life. Kelly Lynch's teenage son is addicted to internet porn. It drags in the middle, but god is it good elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 1806/08/2013

She's Too Young

To Be Fat Like Me

by Anonymousreply 1906/08/2013

This thread is great. I'm laughing out loud at the descriptions alone.

by Anonymousreply 2006/08/2013

The trailer for Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life

by Anonymousreply 2106/08/2013

"Bad Ronald" is one of my most favorite movies ever. I saw it when it first ran on TV (as a tween) and desperately wanted to live in a secret basement lair like Ronald did.

And no, I don't live in a basement now.

by Anonymousreply 2206/08/2013

R8 and R15, that was The Tracey Thurman Story starring Nancy "Jo" McKeon and (a rather sexy mustached) Dale Midkiff as the abusive husband.

by Anonymousreply 2306/08/2013

By the way, in 1975 Cloris was 50 so way to be old to be pregnant. Although that may be the least implausible thing about "someone I touched".

by Anonymousreply 2406/08/2013

What's the story on Dale Midkill anyway? He had a gigolo/prostitutey quality to him. He didn't have the acting chops either. Seems like the casting couch sort of situation.

by Anonymousreply 2506/08/2013

OP, I was so enchanted by "Someone I Touched" that I rated it 5 stars on Netflix - so they sent me a great recommendation. (Drumroll) "Intimate Strangers": a harrowing tale of the dangers and complexities of domestic violence.

Starring the unbelievable cast of Sally Struthers, Dennis Weaver, Quinn Cummings, Larry Hagman and Tyne Daley. Apparently Tyne Daley was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award. She lost.

Anyway, the movie was gripping and cheesy, just the way I love to waste my time watching Netflix streaming!!! Have fun!!

by Anonymousreply 2606/08/2013

[quote]Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life. Kelly Lynch's teenage son is addicted to internet porn. It drags in the middle, but god is it good elsewhere.

It's one of those neo-feminist movies designed to convey the idea that male sexuality is evil. Worth watching though because the son, Jeremy Sumpter, is hot as fuck and has shirtless scenes.

by Anonymousreply 2706/08/2013

How about a TV episode.....

John Stamos, serial impregnator--- L&0 Special victims unit.

It was on last night and it still cracks the shit out of me.

by Anonymousreply 2806/08/2013

R27, that was a hilarious movie. It is also notable given the fact that he is addicted to porn but there isn't even the most slight mention or indication of masturbation.

by Anonymousreply 2906/08/2013

R28, I love the very last scene.

by Anonymousreply 3006/08/2013

What was the classic with Tony Geary where it was a "Jaws" ripoff ("I won't shut down the beach!") but instead of a shark it was venereal disease. I remember even then critics howled at it.

by Anonymousreply 3106/08/2013

P.S. Old or not, Cloris did another TV movie where she was pregnant and debating abortion and had it instead despite fears of being too old -- and it made me cry back then, yes, Mary. She and Maureen Stapleton were the go-to women for tear inducing on TV movies then.

by Anonymousreply 3206/08/2013

[quote]I also loved Morgan Fairchild and Ricki Lake in the parody of TV movies Based on an Untrue Story.

Oh, you're talking about "Baby Cakes"...I loved that movie.

by Anonymousreply 3306/08/2013

I'm dying to see that Barbara Eden movie that R16 describes, it sounds hysterical!

by Anonymousreply 3406/08/2013

The movie where Molly Ringwald kills herself along with her boyfriend, "Surviving".

by Anonymousreply 3506/08/2013

what about the two part TV movie called Hanging By A Thread. Starring Patty Duke, Bet Convey, Joyce Bulifant,Donna Mills and others.....

by Anonymousreply 3606/08/2013

The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver ... Karen Black plays an uptight suburban housewife -- married to George Hamilton, no less. Her character seems to be in the process of being taken over by a free-spirited slut ...

Karen Black was really good at unintentionally hilarious

by Anonymousreply 3706/08/2013

The Cloris Leachman pregnant at 45 telefilm was called A BRAND NEW LIFE. It aired not too long after the controversial Maude's Dilemna episode of MAUDE

A BRAND NEW LIFE also starred Martin Balsam and Marge Redmond

by Anonymousreply 3806/08/2013

[quote]It's one of those neo-feminist movies designed to convey the idea that male sexuality is evil. Worth watching though because the son, Jeremy Sumpter, is hot as fuck and has shirtless scenes.

Absolutely. If the goal of their anti-porn hysteria was to stop him from getting worked up and masturbating, they should have hidden all the mirrors in the house.

by Anonymousreply 3906/08/2013

TERRACES ends with Lloyd Blocher leaving his wife for a much younger man

by Anonymousreply 4006/08/2013

[quote] disturbing, graphic TV movie where this violent wife beater was jumping up and down on his wife's head and a scared cop stood by watching

Lifetime's A Cry for Help, based on the Tracey Thurman story.....

starring dl lesbian fave Nancy McKeon and the oh so beautiful Dale Midkiff (I have a thing for mustaches).

Thurman got a boatload from some city up North.

53 mark

by Anonymousreply 4106/08/2013

R34, I have that film. You can purchase it through the Warner Archives website.

Well worth the $15!

by Anonymousreply 4206/08/2013

Damn, you're too quick for me r23.

by Anonymousreply 4306/08/2013

Jesus, the cast from "Cruise into Terror" is stellar and delightful by '70s standards: Dirk Benedict, Linda Day George, Christopher George, John Forsythe, Lee Meriweather, Ray Milland (!), and Stella Stevens (mother of Andrew). Can't do much better.

I remember this as a cruise into the Bermuda Triangle terror as there is an "Egyptian sarcophogus" causing trouble, like hot boiling waters, from the deep. But, the IMDb plot has it in the Gulf of Mexico. Still with Egyptian relic.

Yes, an Aaron Spelling production.

by Anonymousreply 4406/08/2013

R9 or anybody else. I vaguely remember seeingpart of a TV movie when I was a child where a grown man was living in the basement of a couple who were not his parents (??).

The woman seemed to have motherly feelings for him, even though he looked like a dangerous maniac, who should have recieved help. I remember her as a bit of an hysterical, pearl-clutching type. At one point, she freaks out because he destroyed her weving work (??) with a knife.

Was that Bad Ronald? If not, do you recognize it? I already searched imdb and can't find it. The synopsys and comments about Bad Ronald don,t really help me to see if it's the same film or not.

by Anonymousreply 4506/08/2013

Cruise into Terror in its entirety!

by Anonymousreply 4606/08/2013

I remember this TV movie from when I was a child (mid 80s)...

The guy abused his wife mentally (not sure if there was any physical abuse) and at one point she was on a ladder doing something and a tarantula was on the wall or ceiling and she freaked out and he just stood there laughing and snapping pictures with his camera. I think she left him and then he started stalking her...

Anyone else remember this?

by Anonymousreply 4706/08/2013

[quote][R9] or anybody else. I vaguely remember seeing part of a TV movie when I was a child where a grown man was living in the basement of a couple who were not his parents (??).

R9 here. I watched the movie when I was in 6th or 7th grade ('76 or '77). Ronald was an adolescent/teen, not a grown man by any means. I recall a room under a staircase (though, who knows, I might be mixing it up with Harry Potter at Privet Ln.) as being the major staging point for his forays. But that was over 30 years ago, so memory can't be trusted too much. He definitely wasn't an adult, though.

by Anonymousreply 4806/08/2013

Course, Dale was much better looking than the psycho.

by Anonymousreply 4906/08/2013

R42, thanks so much, I'm going to hunt it down!

by Anonymousreply 5006/08/2013

Thank you R48. Ok, I'll keep serching.

What I saw was pure ham fest. Maybe he was about a drug addict ? Living as a recluse in other people basement. He was obviously potentially dangerous, but the old couple was a bit oblivious to that. That's how I remember it, at least.

R47, Yes, I remember that movie! Everybody at school had seen it. At one point, he had her swimming and took picture when a crocodile was swimming behind her. His thrill was when she realise the danger. He delighted in photographing her terror. I think an old woman (again!) had warned the wife to be before she married him. Was it the mother, the aunt ? I think it was taking place in Australia.

by Anonymousreply 5106/08/2013

well if we are talking about older women having babies let's not forgot the movie Love Lesson with Patty Duke and Donna Hanover, NY Mayor Guliani's wife playing her BFF... See link.

by Anonymousreply 5206/08/2013

No, [45], that is a different movie. In bad Ronald a teenage boy accidently causes a girl's death. So his mother builds a place for him to hide in the wall. Then she leaves him alone to have surjury. But she dies in the hospital. So another family moves into the house with Roanld still there.

by Anonymousreply 5306/08/2013

Yeah and the guy was a Dr who was jealous of their baby so he tried kill him.

Gave the wife some pills and told her to give it to the baby for colic or something. She was suspicious and took it to a pharmacist to ask what the hell it was.

I remember the guy had dirty blonde hair and the wife had dark hair.

by Anonymousreply 5406/08/2013

Thank you R53.

R54, yes he was a doctor! So it first looked that the woman had made a good marriage to a handsome rich doctor. But he was a maniac! And she was trapped.

Can't remember the title or who was in the made for tv film.

by Anonymousreply 5506/08/2013

Scream of the Wolf with Jo Ann Pflug. Her last name is unintentionally hilarious to me.

by Anonymousreply 5606/08/2013

R45, I think the movie was called Crawlspace or something like that. The family finds this guy living in their crawlspace and the wife starts to mother him. Of course he turns on her at the end and kills someone.

by Anonymousreply 5706/08/2013

for R45

by Anonymousreply 5806/08/2013

Found it r47.

Deadly Intentions 1985....

starring Michael Biehn, Madolyn Smith, and Cloris Leachman,

by Anonymousreply 5906/08/2013

R57 - R58 !!!

You are my idol!!!

You have no idea how long I have wondered what that movie was exaclty.

Also, I see the imdb synopsis mentions "middle age couple". That's amusing, as a child, I saw them as "old".

I remember the film as hammy, and thought the couple was courting disaster. Gee! Call the police or someone who can help the guy. Don't keep a maniac in your basement, just to infantilize him in order to fulfill your mother instinct!

by Anonymousreply 6006/08/2013

There's a movie I've been desperately trying to track down for years and maybe you guys can help me. At the end of the movie, a movie goes undercover as a hooker/slut wearing a red wig at a bar, she meets a man, there's some kind of kerfuffle between the man and a cop (?) in an alley, and we see that the lady has taken off her wig and has short red hair. It's most likely from the mid-80's.

I know it's vague, but my sister and I saw this movie as kids in a hotel room, and we've been trying to figure out what it is.

by Anonymousreply 6106/08/2013

a movie = a woman*

Sorry, I should've proofread before I hit send.

by Anonymousreply 6206/08/2013

Burnt Offerings -- a family of city folk decides to take a vay-kay in the country in this old Victorian mansion out in the middle of nowhere. The house is a bit run-down, but fear not -- it renews itself every few years by killing new renters. Starring: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Lee Montgomery, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Hackert, and.... {drum roll} as Aunt Elizabeth -- Miss Bette Davis {big gay squeal} OMG -- it was horrible. ROTFLOL

by Anonymousreply 6306/08/2013

Thank you, DL! "Terraces" is available on Amazon Instant Video - just started watching it and it is delicious.

by Anonymousreply 6406/08/2013

It's not from the "golden age" of made-for-tv movies, but 1999's "Invisible Child" is a DL yuckfest if ever there was one.

by Anonymousreply 6506/08/2013

I've called my best friend, some time this week we will be watching crawlspace and Bad Ronald. Thanks DLers.

by Anonymousreply 6606/08/2013

R31, Intimate Agony

Beside Tony Geary, Judith Light and Mark Harmon were in the cast.

by Anonymousreply 6706/08/2013

A herpes outbreak! EEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeek!

ABC was so cutting edge. Within a year or so, it was "Herpes? Is that all?"

by Anonymousreply 6806/08/2013

"Burnt Offerings -- a family of city folk decides to take a vay-kay in the country in this old Victorian mansion out in the middle of nowhere. The house is a bit run-down, but fear not -- it renews itself every few years by killing new renters. Starring: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Lee Montgomery, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Hackert, and.... {drum roll} as Aunt Elizabeth -- Miss Bette Davis {big gay squeal} OMG -- it was horrible. ROTFLOL'

Hon, that was NOT a made for tv movie. And it's a cult favorite. It's far from perfect, but it does have its moments. A lot of people were truly creeped out by the grinning chauffeur, myself included. And the table filled with photos of former tenants (all of them dead) in ornate silver frames, their faces frozen in expressions of shock or terror, is also an unsettling image.

by Anonymousreply 6906/08/2013

"There was a TV movie where Molly Ringwald had AIDS and after her boyfriend put two condoms on to have sex with her, she tearfully spied him scrubbing every inch of his body with soap in the shower. That comedy was surely intentional'

If you found comedy in THAT movie then you are a sicko. The movie was based on a real person, Alison Gertz, who got AIDS from a one night stand with a bartender. According to her, she asked him flat out if he was gay (his best friend was gay) and he told her no. I guess he was one of those straight guys you here about on Datalounge, you know, guys who are straight but also enjoy the homosex now and then. Anyway, she got AIDS from him and died at age 26. Not much comedy in that.

That scene with the boyfriend is kind of over the top. After she's diagnosed with AIDS he won't have sex with her, but eventually decides to sleep with her again. They use two condoms, just to be on the really safe side. Later she awakens to hear water running in the bathroom; she peers in the door and sees her lover furiously scrubbing his mouth, hands and genitals with soap and hot water. I wonder if that really happened if if it was just made up for the movie. Anyway, in the movie her relationship with her boyfriend ends, just like it did in real life. I don't think this movie had anything resembling comedy in it.

by Anonymousreply 7006/08/2013

Fabulous r10! I didn't know Meloni stretched back that far, but then he's like 50 now isn't he? I love finding out that people I didn't know were in films I watched.

It's usually the case tbh, I love spotting TV actors turn up in things but for films I don't credit check unless I was really impressed with either their performance and/or hotness. I don't usually notice them, especially when it's years apart.

by Anonymousreply 7106/08/2013

R33, the tv movie parody is titled "Based On A True Story", which is on YouTube, full-length, see link.

I don't remember if I ever saw it. It only gets a 4.8 on imdb, but it is intentionally bad, so that's not surprising.

"Baby Cakes" was a straight-forward fat girl/ugly duckling movie.

Kathy Lee Gifford did a parody tv movie in the late 90s that wasn't bad, but it hasn't been seen since.

by Anonymousreply 7206/08/2013

Anything with Tori Spelling.

by Anonymousreply 7306/08/2013

There was a TV movie where ants killed Suzanne Somers. But she was a slut, so she had it coming.

by Anonymousreply 7406/08/2013

Torn Between Two Lovers.

by Anonymousreply 7506/08/2013

What was the name of the tv movie where Susan Lucci is the devil? She torments a suburban family for fun.

r71, Meloni stretches that far back, trust me.

by Anonymousreply 7606/08/2013

[quote]about syphilis. Stars Cloris Leachman

Phyllis does Syphilis

by Anonymousreply 7706/08/2013

Suzanne Somers made a TV movie called Zuma Beach in 1978 that I would watch again. All I remember is her character drives to the beach to clear her head and build sandcastles. She also instantly befriends everyone there. Here's a clip of it (sans Suzanne) with Rosanna Arquette and a one second flash of P.J. Soles.

by Anonymousreply 7806/08/2013

Here's the link.

by Anonymousreply 7906/08/2013

I Want to Keep My Baby (1976)starring Mariel Hemingway.

15 year old Mariel Hemingway whimpers, whines, and waddles about after getting pregnant and wanting to keep her baby. Then she continues to whimper and whine and waddle throughout the entire movie because teen motherhood is difficult with a mother and step dad who aren't supportive and an impossibly burdensome work and school schedule. There's an infertile and childless married couple that want her baby.

Rhea Perlman, (rockin' a bodacious Jewfro) is featured as kind, caring social worker/counselor at the home for unwed mothers. The boyfriend who knocked her up eerily resembles Woody Harrelson.

by Anonymousreply 8006/08/2013

"Angel Dust: The Whack Attack" (aka "Death Drug"), starring master thespian Phillip Michael Thomas.

Warning: No one will be seated during the shocking "supermarket freakout" scene!

by Anonymousreply 8106/08/2013

[quote]Glynnis was the embodiment of Seventies teendom.


by Anonymousreply 8206/09/2013

Actually not sure if the film makers were in on the joke or not, but Crowned and Dangerous (1997) with Jill Clayburgh and George Eads.

by Anonymousreply 8306/09/2013

Susan Dey gave Glynnis a run for the title -- see "Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night" and the one where she was wrongly in prison. (LOVED both of those, actually).

Ditto Linda Blair with her raped by toilet plunger scene in female jail movie. And her (really good) hick girl hostage with Martin Sheen. TV movies weren't all bad, at least not when you were 12 at the time.

by Anonymousreply 8406/09/2013

After a quick youtube research, here seems to be Crawlspace 1972.

Thanks again R57 - R58

They call it horror movie. It's not one. It's one of those slow paced drama, that becomes creepy and morphes into a hammy thriller.

Even if it's a B series TV movie, it's interesting what it reflects about the time it was made. The vision the writers had of dropouts, youth, etc.

by Anonymousreply 8506/09/2013

Scandal in a Small Town. Only a few clips on You Tube, but it's worth getting if you can find it.

Raquel Welch plays a 'slutty' cocktail waitress with a heart of gold, and is trying to defend her daughter's education from the likes of a Nazi-sympathizing history professor!

by Anonymousreply 8606/09/2013

Master thespian Philip Michael Thomas' video masterpiece. It's not a movie, but it is made for TV and is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 8706/11/2013

this thread is hilarious

by Anonymousreply 8806/11/2013

I watched 'Someone I Touched' the other night thanks to this thread. HILARIOUS!

My favorite moment was the very beginning - the stupid corny slow romantic theme song was playing over the credits, and the camera pans over to a beach volleyball game - where there is a 70's boombox playing near the game - so we are led to believe that the volleyball players were actually listening to that shitty song on the fucking radio? LMAO!!!

by Anonymousreply 8906/12/2013

R89 Is that Cloris herself purring the theme song? This isn't available on Netflix in the UK but the highlights in the opening post were worth a watch especially for Cloris's "I could have given birth to a baby with no arrrrrrmmms!"

I remember a tv movie from the mid 90s called "The Perfect Mother" with Tyne Daly as a mother in law from hell. The ending was a bit of a shock actually but up until then Tyne was unintentionally hilarious at times chewing scenery like a pro.

by Anonymousreply 9006/12/2013

R90, we are never going to see the movie so spoil the ending for us. Just make sure to write


by Anonymousreply 9106/12/2013

R91 it is on Youtube if you search 'Tyne Daly The Perfect Mother' if anyone's really bored enough to watch. Otherwise....


Tyne's a mother of two boys and wants a grandson to carry on the Greek name. She sets him up with Ione Skye and they get married. Tyne dances almost incestuously with the son at the wedding. She buys them a house. It's across the street from hers. Tyne then makes Ione's life a misery, still smothering the son, trying to custody of Ione and the sons baby etc. The bitch even steps in wet paint that Ione had lovingly stencilled on the kitchen floor. Couple divorce. Get back together with the mother disowned. All seems happy. Ione collects her son up from school and dies in a hail of bullets right at the end on Mama Tyne's orders. Based on a true story apparently.

by Anonymousreply 9206/12/2013

VELVET (1984) - a jaw-dropping would-be-pilot for a CHARLIE'S ANGELS ripoff.

A female team of government agents, under the guise of owners of a popular worldwide franchise of aerobic centers, match wits with a group of criminals who have kidnapped a top defensive specialist and his ailing son, intending to sell him to the highest bidder.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Gayest opening titles ever featuring pink triangles AND a rainbow parachute....and Polly Bergen!

by Anonymousreply 9306/12/2013

No one is mentioning " Alexander: The Other Side Of Dawn". Still can't believe it was 1977, and I was a kid , watching a TV movie about a 16 year old male hustler, selling his ass on Santa Monica Blvd. ( the young, hunky Leigh McCloskey). He even becomes the live-in boy toy, to a closeted football star ( the hairy & muscular Alan Feinstein). Pretty progressive for that time era -especially for a 9:00 p.m. ,NBC movie of the week.

P.S. Added bonus' - partly shot at WeHo's legendary gay club, Studio One, with diva, Frances Faye. Also stars Juliet Mills, who, 3 years later would pick up, and marry, her own boy toy, Maxwell Caulfield - he was 21 , she was 40. Still married. Earl Holliman, one of our own , playing a good samaritan shelter therapist, trying to get Alex "out of the life". The gorgeous Asher Brauner, from "Making Love" ( he played the trick of Michael Ontkean's, who Kate Jackson pays a visit to). Diana Douglas - Michael's mother, Kirk's 1st wife. Jean Hagen's last role, as 'Landlady' ( Lina Lamont, in "Singin In The Rain"). Eve Plumb, as 'Dawn', of course. With unbilled parts played by Talia Balsam (Clooney's 1st, and only wife), and P.J .Soles ( soon to do "Carrie", & original "Halloween".

Who could ask for anything more ?

by Anonymousreply 9406/12/2013

This is a TV equivalent of the `Billy,don`t be a hero` thread.

by Anonymousreply 9506/12/2013

Desperate Lives-Helen Hunt snorts angel dust and flies out a window!

by Anonymousreply 9606/12/2013

"The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker" is hillarious, in all its preachiness. It's starring Sara Paxton as a college freshman and Nancy Travis as her nosy mother. It's really funny how unrealistically they portrayed college life and parties. It's similar to "Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life" - the first one tried to demonize masturbation, while this one shows drinking and partying as the world's biggest problem.

by Anonymousreply 9706/12/2013

[quote]And her (really good) hick girl hostage with Martin Sheen.

Sweet Hostage.

by Anonymousreply 9806/12/2013

Clip from Sweet Hostage.[1975]

by Anonymousreply 9906/12/2013

Thank you, r93, now I am hell bent on finding "Velvet" in its entirety.

My playlist is really horrifying now thanks to this thread.

by Anonymousreply 10006/12/2013

Re 94 I just YT'd "Alexander" 5/8, and saw the football player / Alex, playing on the beach, he in his speedo, Alex in his jean cut-offs. It is actually done pretty well , considering that earlier time. Leigh looks 14-16, a bit pedo-like , except his body is so built , he doesn look twinky.

by Anonymousreply 10106/12/2013

Y'all have beat me to most of them--"Midnight Offerings" was my fave as a kid--I even bought a bootleg VHS a few years ago. I don't remember "Erin" from The Waltons being in anything else but this. ALL of Susan Lucci's movies are hilarious!

Here's a good one! TWIRL, about---yes--competitive baton twirling! Starring Stella Steven, Erin Moran and DL fave Lisa Whelchel!

by Anonymousreply 10206/12/2013

And who could forget Paper Dolls!

by Anonymousreply 10306/12/2013

"The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders" with Jane Seymour and Lauren Tewes plus sexy Bucky Dent.

And then its wannabe a decade later: "Laker Girls" with Tina Yothers.

Yes. Tina Yothers.

by Anonymousreply 10406/13/2013

Was the one where Helen Hunt jumps out the window (Shattered Lives?) a prime time or afternoon made for TV movie? It sure paints an ugly picture of youth back then in '82. The most laughable line is Diana Scarwid saying when she was in high school eight years ago, it was "straight cigarettes."

Really? In 1974?

And what happens to Helen Hunt's character after this? Does one snort of Angel Dust really cause this?

by Anonymousreply 10506/13/2013

I remember watching the T.V. movie "Why Me?" - starring Lindsay Wagner. She was a nurse who was involved in a car accident and disfigured. The doctor had to use her labia tissue to reconstruct her actual facial lips. Sorta disturbing.

by Anonymousreply 10606/13/2013

I'll bet she had to change ehr sleep number after that, R106.

by Anonymousreply 10706/13/2013

Besides all the seriously bad made-for-TV movies in the 70s and 80s there were a couple of miniseries that I recall being some of the scariest shit ever. One was The Dark Secret of Harvest Home with Bette Davis. Davis wasn't cheesy scary, she was scary scary. I had nightmares for months, though I still crushed heavily on David Ackroyd.

by Anonymousreply 10806/13/2013

Since Re 104 mentioned Bucky Dent, who was gorgeous when he was a young ball player. Google him, and get a great vintage pic of him, in all his hairy glory, in a yellow swim suit, and another face shot with that great smile, and his 'fuck me' bangs. Had no idea he was a silver haired old man now. He got old.........I didn't .

by Anonymousreply 10906/13/2013

Does anyone else remember that awful Laker Girls TV movie that NBC made in the early 90s? Tina Yothers was in it.

by Anonymousreply 11006/13/2013

"The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders" with Jane Seymour and Lauren Tewes plus sexy Bucky Dent."

I vaguely remember Tewes breathlessly uttering a line that went like this: "oh, it's just the most important thing in the world!"

She was referring to being a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. Lord, what a BAD movie.

by Anonymousreply 11106/13/2013

"Suddenly, Love" with Cindy Williams in a Ross Hunter-produced "women's picture" about a woman from a humble background who finds love and success as an architect. She marries Paul Shenar, a dashing scion of a wealthy political family. He has a heart was Cindy's attempt to break out of the Shirley Feeney thang, but it didn't work. She simply didn't have the acting chops to pull it off.

by Anonymousreply 11206/13/2013

"All The Kind Strangers", about a family of orphans so desperate for parental guidance that they resort to kidnapping. Starring Stacy Keach and Samantha Eggar as the reluctant "parents", oldest son John Savage, Robby Benson, doing his "special" act, and some kid I'm only just realizing is not Jodie Foster (and a boy).

by Anonymousreply 11306/13/2013

Oh, oh! I know! Anybody remembers Princess Daisy ?

I'm sure the actors still cringe about being involved with this one. Even as young pre-teen, I couldn't drink it up. I'd be curious to watch it again as an adult. I'm sure it offers marvelous camp and tacky plots and dialogues.

by Anonymousreply 11407/13/2013

I guess you are all too young to remember Gloria Swanson playing the matriarch of a wine-producing family? A lovely little scenery chewer if there ever was one. Check out "Killer Bees". They couldn't have chosen a better actress as the "queen". Enjoy.

by Anonymousreply 11507/13/2013

[italic]Battered:[/italic] BJ Hunnicutt beats Ma Ingalls.

[italic]Curse of the Black Widow:[/italic] Patty Duke has an Eastern European–accented alternate personality who can turn into a giant spider at will.

[italic]Victims:[/italic] Kate Nelligan leads a ring of vigilantes who decide to take revenge on the man who raped them (Howard Hesseman).

by Anonymousreply 11607/13/2013

[italic]Hit Lady:[/italic] Sixties starlet Yvette Mimieux wrote and starred in this account of an extremely sensual professional assassin.

by Anonymousreply 11707/13/2013

[italic]Stranger in Our House:[/italic] Lee Purcell (a sort of Glynnis O'Connor also-ran in the '70s) stars as an orphan who comes to live with her cousin (Linda Blair), who discovers she's a witch who murdered her family. Lee wore cheesy white contacts to indicate when she was in full witch mode. Notable because it was directed by Wes Craven.

by Anonymousreply 11807/13/2013

"Strange Voices," starring Nancy McKeon as a young woman who develops schizophrenia, is pretty entertaining. It's on Netflix streaming.

I remember watching and loving all 3 of the Amy Fisher tv movies. They all have their merits, but Alyssa Milano's was probably the most over the top, since it was based on the Buttafuocos' version of events. Someone compiled the shooting scenes from all 3 movies into one Youtube video. Noelle Parker's was easily the most dramatic and she was the only one that sounded or looked remotely like the real Amy.

by Anonymousreply 11907/16/2013

The Affair starring Natalie Wood and her alleged murderer/husband.

Campy delight.

Meredith Baxter/Betty Broderick...pure gold.

by Anonymousreply 12007/16/2013

the one where Shelley Long has multiple personalities.

Rosie on that bus with her sister.

by Anonymousreply 12107/18/2013

[You do realize that this is a troll, right? You might want to stop talking to it.]

by Anonymousreply 12203/11/2015

Here's two: The Rape of Richard Beck. Richard Crenna plays a wanna be bad ass cop who ends up getting raped by two thugs. I remember it from the ABC movie of the week.

Another ABC movie of the week...Confessions of a Married Man starring William Shatner as a lonely husband who picks up hookers. Cybil Shepard plays a high class call girl who blackmails him. High point..Shatner in the shower realizing he has syphilis. Oh the horror!

by Anonymousreply 12303/11/2015

"Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn" - Leigh McCloskey and Eve Plumb - sequel to "Dawn Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" where Jan Brady runs away from home and becomes a teen prostitute. Here allegedly straight Alexander Duncan gets kicked out by his parents and ends up living with a closeted football player.

by Anonymousreply 12403/11/2015

R117 thanks. Yvette Mimeux is one of my all time favorite names.

by Anonymousreply 12503/11/2015

Just for you, R125:

by Anonymousreply 12603/11/2015

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by Anonymousreply 12703/11/2015

"Goddess of Love" starring Vanna White.

by Anonymousreply 12803/11/2015

Day of the Animals - I find the scene where Leslie Nielsen is wrestling the bear strangely erotic because he's so macho that he actually thinks he can win. I'm afraid to think what that says about me...

by Anonymousreply 12903/11/2015

Is Asher Brauner a gay?

by Anonymousreply 13003/07/2016

I saw a stupid Lifetime movie once where Linda Hamilton became homeless on Christmas. It was probably called "Going Homeless for Christmas." I remember in the beginning she finds out her husband is cheating on her because she picks up his pocketless coat and a note falls out of it. I guess he had it loosely taped to the lining or something.

by Anonymousreply 13103/07/2016

The Horror at 37.000 Feet (1973) It scared my brother and I to death when we watched it.

by Anonymousreply 13203/07/2016

Anyone remember Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack with DL icon Wendy Jo Sperber?

by Anonymousreply 13303/07/2016

Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic starring Linda Blair.

by Anonymousreply 13403/07/2016

Trilogy of Terror with Karen Black. I used to terrorize my sister while she was taking a bath by scrapping a knife under the bathroom door. The obviously fake looking voodoo doll was campy beyond belief.

by Anonymousreply 13503/07/2016

I'm watching SOMEONE I TOUCHED right now on Amazon Prime.


by Anonymousreply 13603/07/2016

[quote]I didn't know Meloni stretched back that far, but then he's like 50 now isn't he?

So is Molly Ringwald.

by Anonymousreply 13703/07/2016

Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977) Leigh McCloskey as the hot, gay male hustler.

by Anonymousreply 13803/07/2016

[quote]"Goddess of Love" starring Vanna White

LOL—the Vanna White star buildup was something to behold.

by Anonymousreply 13903/07/2016

[italic]A Question of Guilt[/italic] was a CBS TV movie based on the Alice Crimmins case. Very John Waters.

by Anonymousreply 14003/07/2016

The TV movie where Donna Mills plays a sex addict who, every time she leaves the house, has sex with someone. I think there's a scene where she goes to pick up dry cleaning or something like that and she gets horny.

by Anonymousreply 14103/07/2016

r141 Donna Mills was the queen of bad TV movies. Remember "Smash-Up on Interstate 5" (1976)?

by Anonymousreply 14203/07/2016

r142 How about "Curse of the Black Widow" (1977) and Patty Duke was her twin sister who turned into a giant killer spider. Talk about camp!

by Anonymousreply 14303/07/2016

[bold]First You Laugh...and Then You Cry![/bold] with Buddy Ebsen, Buddy Hackett, Joan Hackett, Joan Rivers, and Miss Helen Lawson. ABC's groundbreaking move about suburban shoplifting. Joan Hackett was the housewife and mother shoplifter and Miss Helen Lawson was social worker Margaret "Meg" Whitehead.

by Anonymousreply 14403/07/2016

r144 You're trying to hard.

by Anonymousreply 14503/07/2016

I thought it was good but "Someone's Watching Me" might belong in this category. Early John Carpenter starring Lauren Hutton who is being stalked in her high rise. Of course, she never thinks to close the curtains so the guy can't stare into her windows. Also stars future Mrs. Carpenter Adrienne Barbeau as a lesbian producer (pretty significant because so little is made of it and later when Barbeau thanks Hutton for allowing, gasp, a lesbian to be her friend, Hutton cooly responds that she's friends with guys as well.) David Birney took time off from beating the shit out of his future lesbian wife and Goddess of this thread Meredith to fuck Lauren in front of the open windows and the stalker.

by Anonymousreply 14603/07/2016

There was an NBC after-school movie about teen shoplifting called [italic]Five-Finger Discount,[/italic] starring Dawn Lyn, Dodie from [italic]My Three Sons[/italic] and real-life sister of Leif Garrett.

by Anonymousreply 14703/07/2016

Susan Dey's good girl to reform school epic "Cage Without a Key" is mentioned above. Dey is romanced by Jonelle Allen. The "Sharks" are fronted by an Asian girl and her girlfriend is none other than Lani O'Grady, straight from "Eight is Enough". Lots of hilarious stuff but I especially remember when Dey is being extra nice to a handyman doing work in the reformatory and he tells his assistant "what a sweet girl. She reminds me of my sister."

by Anonymousreply 14803/07/2016

[italic]Money on the Side[/italic] (1982): DL faves Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Purl, and Karen Valentine star as three housewives who turn to hooking to make ends meet.

by Anonymousreply 14903/07/2016

And let us not forget Patty Duke in the Amityville Horror part 4

by Anonymousreply 15003/07/2016

I really want to see Amityville 4 R150. Is it available for rent?

by Anonymousreply 15103/07/2016

"Someone I Touched" is my new favorite song and this is my new favorite thread.

by Anonymousreply 15203/08/2016
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