Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971

1.

Duel

6.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the California desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski, Lucille Benson, Tim Herbert, Charles Seel, Shirley O'Hara, Alexander Lockwood ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-11-13
2.

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story

4.3
8.0/10 IMDB

The Walton family is preparing for Christmas in the early 1930s. It's Christmas Eve, and they are waiting for Daddy Walton to come home from his job in the city some 50 miles away. Since he is late, everyone is worried and over the radio the mother and grandparents hear about an overturned bus and hurt travelers but keep this news from the rest of the family. The story is really a coming of age story about the oldest son John-Boy who must cut down the tree with his grandfather since his father isn't home and is eventually told about his missing father and sets out to find him. An all round heartwarming story, especially if you are a fan of The Waltons. A simple story about a simple family in simple times. Great family entertainment!

Starring: Patricia Neal, Richard Thomas, Edgar Bergen, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Stickney, Josephine Hutchinson, William Windom, Cleavon Little, Andrew Duggan, David Huddleston ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1971-12-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Columbo: Murder by the Book
3.

Columbo: Murder by the Book

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

When one member of a mystery writing team wants to break from his less talented partner, he becomes the victim in a real-life murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Falk, Jack Cassidy, Rosemary Forsyth, Martin Milner, Barbara Colby, Lynette Mettey, Bernie Kuby, Hoke Howell, Haven Earle Haley ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-09-15
4.

Brian's Song

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey, Shelley Fabares, David Huddleston, Judy Pace ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1971-11-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Ransom for a Dead Man
5.

Ransom for a Dead Man

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A brilliant tort attorney gets rid of her boring husband by faking his kidnapping and keeping the ransom. The FBI may be fooled, but not Columbo.

Starring: Peter Falk, Lee Grant, John Fink, Harold Gould, Patricia Mattick, Paul Carr, Jed Allan, Charles Macaulay, Hank Brandt, Jean Byron ..
Directed by: Richard Irving
Release date: 1971-03-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Neon Ceiling
6.

The Neon Ceiling

3.8
8.1/10 IMDB

A housewife and her teenage daughter, fleeing their boring lives, stop in a diner in the California desert. She runs up against the diner's owner, a gruff, beer-drinking artist whose life's work is the neon sculptures he creates and attaches to the ceiling.

Starring: Gig Young, Lee Grant, Denise Nickerson, Herb Edelman, William Smithers, Robert Pratt, James McEachin ..
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 1971-02-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : The Cat in the Hat
7.

The Cat in the Hat

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

In a marvelously animated version of one of the most beloved of all Dr. Seuss tales, two youngsters find themselves at home with nothing to do on a rainy afternoon. But when the magical, mischievous Cat in the Hat arrives on the scene, they're all cat-apulted into a day of rousing, romping, outlandish antics they - and you - will never forget!

Starring: Allan Sherman, Daws Butler, Pamelyn Ferdin, Tony Frazier, Gloria Camacho, Thurl Ravenscroft, Gene Morford ..
Directed by: Hawley Pratt
Release date: 1971-07-04
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Dead Weight
8.

Dead Weight

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness.

Starring: Peter Falk, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Kate Reid, John Kerr, Val Avery, Timothy Carey, Clete Roberts, Ron Castro, Glen Vernon ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1971-10-27
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : Diana!
9.

Diana!

3.3
8.4/10 IMDB

Diana! is American singer Diana Ross' first solo TV special, which aired on ABC on April 18, 1971. The program was choreographed by David Winters of West Side Story fame, who at that time choreographed all of Ross' stage and TV shows. The special also featured appearances by Danny Thomas and Bill Cosby, plus performances by The Jackson 5, and also included Jackson 5 lead singer Michael Jackson's solo debut.

Starring: Diana Ross, Bill Cosby, Danny Thomas, Michael Jackson ..
Directed by: Kip Walton
Release date: 1971-04-18
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1971 : A Little Game
10.

A Little Game

3.2
6.4/10 IMDB

A hostile youngster who will stop at nothing to break up his mother's marriage is suspected of homicide, and his stepfather fears that he may be the boy's next victim.

Starring: Diane Baker, Ed Nelson, Howard Duff, Katy Jurado, Mark Gruner, Christopher Shea, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1971-10-31

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