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Five Desperate Women (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 28 September 1971
Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat Captain who brought them there and the resort's handyman,... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Marc Norman (teleplay), Walter Black (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Conrad ... Michael Wylie
Anjanette Comer ... Lucy
Bradford Dillman ... Jim Meeker
Joan Hackett ... Dorian
Denise Nicholas ... Joy
Stefanie Powers ... Gloria
Julie Sommars ... Mary Grace Brown
Connie Sawyer ... Mrs. Brown
Beatrice Manley Beatrice Manley ... Mrs. Miller
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Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat Captain who brought them there and the resort's handyman, Wylie, the island's only inhabitants. When one of the women is found dead, the others begin to fear the Captain, who's been acting strangely. Wylie and the Captain argue over the identity of the murderer, each accusing the other, and a fight erupts. Alarmed, the women attempt to leave the island, but the boat, their only means of escape, explodes and sinks before they can board it. Then Wylie comes to their aid, claiming to have killed the boat Captain in self-defense and telling the women they're safe. But are they? Written by J. R. Gibbs

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A remote island...A silent killer...and sheer terror for five beautiful women as he stalks them, one by one.

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Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 donne disperate See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A good one.
10 May 2012 | by ivegonemodSee all my reviews

I thought this movie was quite good and very suspenseful. I would say about 95% of the acting was top-notch. Denise Nichols was really good, and even though Anjanette I believe her name is sounded a bit annoying, I thought she really brought a lot to the role of Lucy. Stephanie Powers had a figure that I would sale one of my toes for! This is my kind of movie, five women ending up stranded on a deserted island with a killer on the loose during their reunion. The clothes were out of sight! I really enjoyed this one. There were a few sore spots. I didn't like how they acted about their friend, that's just not the way you behave in a situation like that. Very odd and insensitive. How could you sit around telling stories and towards the end of the movie you would have thought they'd simply had a bad vacation and just wanted to go home. Also, in the last fight scene, not that it was much of a fight, I just didn't get it. Why did it take them so long to act? Were they just going to stand there throwing little rocks forever? I'm still shaking my head. The ending made the women look silly.


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