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83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990)

A wealthy man's daughter is kidnapped and placed in a box with air for only 83 hours.

Director:

Donald Wrye

Writers:

Barbara Jane Mackle (book), Gene Miller (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Strauss ... Wayne Stracton
Robert Urich ... Bradley Burdock
Paul Winfield ... Doctor Dantley
Elizabeth Gracen ... Maria Ranfield
Kevin Kilner ... Bobby Dankworth
Shannon Wilcox ... Janet Burdock
R. Lee Ermey ... Glen Fairling
Samantha Mathis ... Julie Burdock
Cameron Bancroft ... David Burdock
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Allard Tom Allard ... Whitewood
Jacqueline Axton Jacqueline Axton ... Mrs. Dankworth
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Sorella
Christopher Cass ... Chadway
Ancel Cook Ancel Cook ... Woodmere
Danny Dayton ... Morgan
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Storyline

Wayne Stracton, an unscrupulous psychopathic criminal, kidnaps the teenage Julie Burdock and buries her in a small box with air for only 83 hours. He demands half a million dollars from her father and gives him most detailed instructions on how to deliver the money. Meanwhile the FBI frantically tries to locate Julie, knowing that the kidnaper won't care for her after he's received the money and even less if he doesn't. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Kidnapped and buried alive !

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Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

83 Stunden - Nervenkrieg gegen die Zeit See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1971 autobiography of Barbara Jane Mackle, who was kidnapped in 1968 and buried alive for eighty-three hours in a wood-and-fiberglass capsule. See more »

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Version of The Longest Night (1972) See more »

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Not very special TV-movie but still good
27 October 2001 | by MRBICKLESee all my reviews

Peter Strauss is a delinquent who kidnaps the daughter (Mathis) of a millionaire (Urich) and keeps her closed in some kind of coffin buried on a forest and provides her with water, food and oxygen for 83 hours (from here comes the title).

Everything is very predictable, especially because the story is told by Strauss from jail (in a big flashback). What makes it good is the originality of the kidnapping itself, the way they hide the girl that increases everybody's tension: her family (of course), the cops and even Strauss and his female accomplice (who have a not very good relationship).

Summarizing, a good entertainment, the chance of watching Strauss in a good character and performance, and the joy of watching an early role of that great and very underrated actress called Samantha Mathis.


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