Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979



7.6/10 IMDB

Powerful, uncompromising drama about two boys' struggle for survival in the nightmare world of Britain's notorious Borstal Reformatory. [This is the feature film version Alan Clarke made after the BBC banned the original before its scheduled TV broadcast (see Scum (1977)].

Starring: Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, Julian Firth, John Blundell, Phil Daniels, John Judd, Philip Jackson, Peter Howell, John Grillo, Ray Burdis ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1979-09-12

All Quiet on the Western Front

7.1/10 IMDB

At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal, David Bradley, Paul Mark Elliott, Dominic Jephcott, Michael Sheard, Ewan Stewart ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1979-11-14
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter

Strangers: The Story of a Mother and Daughter

8.1/10 IMDB

A woman, who had left home 20 years previously under acrimonious circumstances, finds out that she is terminally ill. She returns home and tries to rebuild her relationship with her embittered mother before she dies.

Starring: Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands, Ford Rainey, Donald Moffat, Whit Bissell, Royal Dano, Kate Riehl, Krishan Timberlake, Renee McDonell, Sally Kemp ..
Directed by: Milton Katselas
Release date: 1979-05-13
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Tenth Month

The Tenth Month

7.7/10 IMDB

An unmarried, middle-aged woman accidentally gets pregnant by an internationally renowned pianist and decides to keep and raise the baby on her own.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Keith Michell, Dina Merrill, Melissa Converse, Cristina Raines, Richard Venture, Yvonne Wilder, Martine Beswick, Woodrow Parfrey, Joe Ponazecki ..
Directed by: Joan Tewkesbury
Release date: 1979-09-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

6.9/10 IMDB

A TV movie special that compiles of a few Looney Tunes episodes centered around an episode of a Christmas Carol, with the part of Scrooge played by Yosemite Sam.

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng
Release date: 1979-11-27

The Sorrows of Gin

7.3/10 IMDB

An affluent suburban couple's empty and gin-fueled lives are observed through the eyes of their neglected, eight-year old daughter.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Edward Herrmann, John Harkins, Baxter Harris, Eileen Heckart, Mara Hobel, Marcella Lowery, William Prince, Rachel Roberts, Sally-Jane Heit ..
Directed by: Jack Hofsiss
Release date: 1979-10-24
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Dummy


7.3/10 IMDB

The real-life account of an illiterate, deaf-and-mute, black youth who was accused of murdering a prostitute, and the relationship that developed between him and his court-appointed attorney, who also was deaf, and the events leading up to his precedent-setting trial.

Starring: LeVar Burton, Paul Sorvino, Brian Dennehy, Rose Gregorio, Gregg Henry, Steven Williams, Helen Martin, Jonathan Pilurs, Paul Butler, Allen Hamilton ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1979-05-27

The Hero

7.0/10 IMDB

Australian ABC TV children's educational program shows how a TV show actor is cast and works to create an episode of a TV program.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Vivienne Garrett ..
Directed by: Martin Williams
Release date: 1979-03-20


7.0/10 IMDB

This biopic traces Elvis Presley’s life from his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to stardom to his triumphant conquering of Las Vegas.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Grayson, Season Hubley, Pat Hingle, Melody Anderson, Ed Begley Jr., Charles Cyphers, Peter Hobbs ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1979-02-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

7.0/10 IMDB

This Emmy Award winner for Best Animated Special is based on the first book of C.S. Lewis' acclaimed series, "The Chronicles of Narnia." Four children pass through a mystic portal in a wardrobe and discover the magical kingdom of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. There, an evil witch's spell has cast the land into eternal winter. Fearing that an ancient prophecy is coming to fruition, and that the children are Narnia's rightful rulers, the White Witch tricks their youngest brother into betraying his family, enacting an ancient magic that she can use to halt the fulfillment of the prophecy. Now, only Aslan, noble lion and High King above all kings in Narnia, can help them defeat the witch, restore springtime to Narnia, and claim their rightful places on the throne.

Starring: Simon Adams, Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti, Susan Sokol, Reg Williams, Simon Adams, Victor Spinetti, Dick Vosburgh ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-04-01

Jack Frost

6.9/10 IMDB

Pardon-me Pete, the official groundhog of Groundhog Day, tells the story of Jack Frost, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begs Father Winter to make him human so that she can see him. His request is granted, but only on the condition that by the Spring he has a house, a bag of gold, a horse and a wife. But Jack finds that life as a human is more complicated than he thought.

Starring: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees, Larry Storch, Don Messick, Dave Garroway, Debra Clinger, Dee Stratton, Sonny Melendrez, Dina Lynn ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr., Masaki Izuka, Masaki Îzuka
Release date: 1979-12-13

O Youth and Beauty!

6.9/10 IMDB

Cash Bentley and his wife Louise lead an average upper-middle-class life in suburbia, with a nice home and two fine children. But Cash grows increasingly unsettled in his life, yearning for the glories of his athletic youth and watching them fade further in the distance with accumulating age. Louise worries about him as his difficulties with mid-life pull him further away from happiness and comfort with his family.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Michelle La Mothe, Gordon Ramsey, Baxter Harris, Holland Taylor, John Harkins, Charlotte Moore, Kathryn Walker, Cheryl Arutt, Timothy Owen Waldrip ..
Directed by: Jeff Bleckner
Release date: 1979-10-31
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Cracker Factory

The Cracker Factory

6.5/10 IMDB

Drama depicting the problems of a suburban housewife suffering from fits of depression and alcoholism, and her stay in a psychiatric center after a feeble suicide attempt.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Perry King, Peter Haskell, Shelley Long, Vivian Blaine, Marian Mercer, Juliet Mills, Shane Butterworth, David Comfort, Art Evans ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1979-03-16

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

6.5/10 IMDB

Capt. William "Buck" Rogers is a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter recruit for the Earth Defense Directorate, where his closest colleagues are Dr. Huer (Tim O'Connor), squadron leader Col. Wilma Deering (former model Erin Gray), the wisecracking robot Twiki (voiced by cartoon legend Mel Blanc), and a portable computer-brain named Dr. Theopolis.

Starring: Gil Gerard, Pamela Hensley, Erin Gray, Henry Silva, Joseph Wiseman, Duke Butler, Felix Silla, Tim O'Connor, H.B. Haggerty, Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Daniel Haller
Release date: 1979-03-02
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Solitary Man

The Solitary Man

6.4/10 IMDB

A family man must make an adjustment after his wife of fifteen years one day blurts out that she wants a divorce and leaves him to construct a new life.

Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Earl Holliman, Carrie Snodgress, Lane Smith, Lara Parker, Nicolas Coster, Robbie Rist, Shannon Terhune, Dorrie Kavanaugh, Bill Morey ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1979-10-09
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : An American Christmas Carol

An American Christmas Carol

6.8/10 IMDB

In Depression-era New England, a miserly businessman named Benedict Slade receives a long-overdue attitude adjustment one Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghostly figures who resemble three of the people whose possessions Slade had seized to collect on unpaid loans. Assuming the roles of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future from Charles Dickens' classic story, the three apparitions force Slade to face the consequences of his skinflint ways, and he becomes a caring, generous, amiable man.

Starring: Henry Winkler, Dorian Harewood, Susan Hogan, Cec Linder, David Wayne, Chris Wiggins, R. H. Thomson, Ken Pogue, Gerard Parkes, Will Bermender ..
Directed by: Eric Till
Release date: 1979-12-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

7.4/10 IMDB

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Starring: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell, David Collings, Virginia McKenna, Elizabeth Spriggs, Sam Dastor, Jon Laurimore, John Sterland, Garrick Hagon ..
Directed by: Herbert Wise
Release date: 1979-02-11

The Plumber

6.5/10 IMDB

At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.

Starring: Ivar Kants, Judy Morris, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond, Henri Szeps, Yomi Abioudan, Beverley Roberts, Bruce Rosen, Daphne Grey, Meme Thorne ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1979-06-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : A Movie Star's Daughter

A Movie Star's Daughter

7.0/10 IMDB

A shy teen enrolls in a new school and doesn't make friends easily. Then, overnight, everyone wants to be her friend, once it is discovered that her father is a famous movie star.

Starring: Trini Alvarado, Frank Converse, Alexa Kenin, Marcia Rodd, Laura Dean, Jill Andre, Cheryl Arutt, Mark Bendo, Dara Brown, Jennifer Cooke ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest, Gary Nelson
Release date: 1979-10-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Macbeth


7.6/10 IMDB

Macbeth is a 1978 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Thames Television, it features Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The TV version was directed by Philip Casson. The original stage production was performed at The Other Place, the RSC's small studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It had been performed in the round before small audiences, with a bare stage and simple costuming. The recording preserves this style: the actors perform on a circular set and with a mostly black background changes of setting are indicated only by lighting changes.

Starring: Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, John Woodvine, Marie Kean, Ian McDiarmid, Bob Peck, Roger Rees, Judith Harte, Susan Dury, Griffith Jones ..
Directed by: Philip Casson
Release date: 1979-02-02

Orphan Train

7.2/10 IMDB

A dedicated social worker organizes a train trip for a group of slum orphans in 1894, taking them from New York City to the Midwest in search of new families and new lives.

Starring: Jill Eikenberry, Kevin Dobson, Glenn Close, Linda Manz, Graham Fletcher-Cook, Melissa Michaelsen, Morgan Farley, Severn Darden, Charles Fields, Peter Neuman ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1979-12-22

Aunt Mary

7.2/10 IMDB

The true-life drama about a handicapped Baltimore woman living on welfare who organized a sandlot baseball team and ended up coaching more than 50,000 boys and girls over nearly 40 years.

Starring: Jean Stapleton, Martin Balsam, Dolph Sweet, Harold Gould, Robert Emhardt, Robert Emhardt, Robbie Rist, De'voreaux White, K. C. Martel, Hap Lawrence ..
Directed by: Peter Werner
Release date: 1979-12-05

Act of Violence

7.1/10 IMDB

A liberal-minded, divorced newswriter is the victim of a brutal mugging. Robbed of her confidence, she finds her life cloaked in fear and paranoia, causing her to reevaluate her lifelong beliefs.

Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, James Sloyan, Sean Frye, Roy Poole, Biff McGuire, Michael Goodwin, Dolph Sweet, Linden Chiles, Ed Bernard, Tom Rosqui ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1979-11-10
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Once Upon a Midnight Scary

Once Upon a Midnight Scary

5.8/10 IMDB

"Once Upon a Midnight Scary" is a 1979 television program that aired as part of a CBS television anthology series. The program, hosted by noted actor Vincent Price, features scenes from three stories, including "The Ghost Belonged to Me" by Richard Peck, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving, and "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" by John Bellairs.

Starring: Vincent Price, René Auberjonois, Severn Darden, Mike Brick, Mary Betten, Alexandria Johnson, Christian Berrigan, Pat Petersen, Jessica Pennington, Pamela Brown ..
Directed by: Nell Cox
Release date: 1979-10-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Murder by Natural Causes

Murder by Natural Causes

7.6/10 IMDB

An elaborate mystery involving a famous mentalist, his unfaithful wife who is trying to literally scare him to death, the best friend of the family, and the wife's ham-actor lover -- not only an intriguing who- (or whether) dunit, but also a literate, adult dramatic puzzle with an endless series of twists.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Katharine Ross, Richard Anderson, Barry Bostwick, Bill Fiore, Phil Leeds, Eve McVeagh, Jeff Donnell, Victoria Carroll, Judith Marie-Bergan ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1979-02-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe

6.9/10 IMDB

Gourmet Nero Wolfe interrupts his orchid-tending to take on the case of a lady tycoon who wants to know why she's under investigation by the FBI, only to find himself enmeshed in a puzzling murder-mystery. TV movie based on Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series.

Starring: Thayer David, Anne Baxter, Tom Mason, Brooke Adams, Biff McGuire, John Randolph, John Hoyt, Ivor Francis, Sarah Cunningham, John O'Leary ..
Directed by: Frank D. Gilroy
Release date: 1979-12-19
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Satan’s Triangle

Satan’s Triangle

6.0/10 IMDB

The female survivor of a shipwreck and two Coast Guard helicopter pilots sent to rescue her find themselves trapped in a mysterious part of the ocean known as Satan's Triangle.

Starring: Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Alejandro Rey, Ed Lauter, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Titos Vandis, Zitto Kazann, Peter Bourne, Hank Stohl ..
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Release date: 1979-02-05
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane

The New Misadventures of Ichabod Crane

7.7/10 IMDB

Sleepy Hollow, a town plagued by the Headless Horseman, hires the most educated person they can find to fight him - Ichabod Crane. He, talking horse and dog, and Rip van Winkle go on the quest. But the Horseman has a secret.

Starring: Kreskin, Pat Buttram, George Lindsey, Larry D. Mann, Hazel Shermet, Monty Morgan ..
Directed by: Vic Atkinson
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : When Hell Was in Session

When Hell Was in Session

7.5/10 IMDB

This film describes Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton's 7-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war. Held in numerous, brutal POW camps, he faced starvation, torture and terrible living conditions brought on by his North Vietnamese captors in an effort to keep communication alive between the prisoners. His wife, Jane, is also arranging a POW wives league in the U.S. in order to popularize their plight.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Eva Marie Saint, Mako, Ronny Cox, James Hong, Paul Mantee, Stephen Keep Mills, Renne Jarrett, Richard Evans, James Hong ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1979-10-08
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Golden Gate Murders

The Golden Gate Murders

6.5/10 IMDB

An elderly, venerable priest goes over the side of the Golden Gate Bridge and everyone except his nurse, Sister Benecia, believes that it was suicide. Sister Benecia finally manages to convince the police department to assign a detective, the cynical, irascible Paul Silver, to investigate. The "Mad Nun" and the "Mad Cop" become a formidable investigative team -- and much, much more.

Starring: David Janssen, Susannah York, Paul Coufos, Tim O'Connor, Lloyd Bochner, Kim Hunter, Alan Fudge, Kenneth Tigar, Regis Cordic, Sandy Ward ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1979-10-03

The Pythons: Somewhere in Tunisia, Circa A.D. 1979

7.3/10 IMDB

Ten years ago exactly, more or less, give or take a day or two, six young men sat down, or maybe stood, or perhaps some of them just lounged, and wrote the first episode of a new series called Owl Stretching Time. They were called Graham Chapman , John Cleese, Terry Gilliam , Eric Idle,Terry Jones and Michael Palin and later both they and the series became known as Monty Python 's Flying Circus . Today they are the best known British comedy group in the world, famous from Cathay to Kathmandu, from Sydney to Sidcup (except in Japan where the programme is called The Gay Boys' Dragon Show ... say no more). To commemorate their tenth anniversary a BBC team tracked them down in the deserts of Tunisia where they were filming their Life of Brian and almost persuaded them to examine the genesis, the genius and the gender of Monty Python.

Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Spike Milligan, Iain Johnstone ..
Release date: 1979-06-20
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The London Connection

The London Connection

6.6/10 IMDB

A missing formula, a defecting Eastern European scientist kidnapped, car chases, foot chases, air chases, the British secret service, and a couple of American tourists caught right in the middle.

Starring: Jeffrey Byron, Roy Kinnear, Mona Washbourne, David Kossoff, Nigel Davenport, David Battley, Larry Cedar, Lee Montague, Frank Windsor, Walter Gotell ..
Directed by: Robert Clouse
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree

The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree

7.2/10 IMDB

Papa Bear and the cubs search the woods for the perfect Christmas tree, but run afoul of the woodland animals who live in the trees they aim to cut down.

Starring: Ron McLarty, Gabriela Glatzer, Jonathan Lewis, Pat Lysinger ..
Directed by: Mordicai Gerstein
Release date: 1979-12-03
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story

7.2/10 IMDB

Based on the life of Kitty O'Neil, a young girl who overcame her deafness to become one of the top stuntwomen in Hollywood, and the holder of the women's land-speed record for driving a rocket-powered racing car.

Starring: Stockard Channing, James Farentino, Colleen Dewhurst, Edward Albert, Brian Dennehy, Jim Antonio, Sammy Lee, Richard Balin, Hildy Brooks, George Petrie ..
Directed by: Lou Antonio
Release date: 1979-02-24

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone

6.6/10 IMDB

The Flintstones and the Rubbles win a trip on "Make a Deal or Don't" to Count Rockula's castle in Rocksylvania, where they have an unpleasant meeting with the Count and his servant, Frankenstone.

Starring: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Casey Kasem, Ted Cassidy, John Stephenson, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1979-10-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Charlie Muffin

Charlie Muffin

6.7/10 IMDB

Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But then a high-ranking Soviet spy-master hints that he wants to defect, and both British Intelligence and the CIA want him and will do anything to get him. Charlie may be the only man who can bring the defection off successfully, but is the whole thing an elaborate set-up? And when your so-called allies are stabbing each other and you in the back to get this prize, whom can Charlie trust on either side?

Starring: David Hemmings, Jennie Linden, Sam Wanamaker, Ralph Richardson, Ian Richardson, Pinkas Braun, Shane Rimmer, Clive Revill, Donald Churchill, Christopher Godwin ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1979-12-11
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Corn Is Green

The Corn Is Green

6.7/10 IMDB

A strong-willed teacher, determined to educate the poor and illiterate youth of an impoverished Welsh village, discovers one student whom she believes to have the seeds of genius in him.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Anna Massey, Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Toyah Willcox, Bryn Fôn, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Huw Richards ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1979-01-29


6.2/10 IMDB

Vampire Anton Voytek's lair is disturbed by the ground breaking for a new church. Anton attempts to start a modern life using his hoarded wealth, but finds it's been confiscated by the authorities. He takes revenge on the architect responsible, who in turn, aided by a retired detective, tries to hunt down and destroy Anton.

Starring: Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, Kathryn Harrold, Jessica Walter, Barrie Youngfellow, Michael Tucker, Jonelle Allen, E.G. Marshall, Joe Spinell, David Hooks ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1979-10-07
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

7.6/10 IMDB

On an idyllic summer afternoon in the summer of 1943, a group of children play in the West Country hills, fields and forests. With no adults around, they indulge in spontaneous games and horseplay - sometimes echoing the distant war, at other times revealing their own insecurities and petty vindictiveness.

Starring: Colin Welland, Michael Elphick, Robin Ellis, John Bird, Helen Mirren, Janine Duvitski, Colin Jeavons ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1979-01-30
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Henry VIII

Henry VIII

7.1/10 IMDB

Henry is a proud monarch who flies in the face of the church in seeking to divorce Queen Katherine and marry Anne Bullen. As cardinal Wolsey, the powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome to the King's wishes, the court reverbates with political intrigue and accusations of treachery.

Starring: Tony Church, John Stride, Julian Glover, Jeremy Kemp, David Rintoul, Timothy West, John Rowe, Lewis Flander, Alan Leith, Claire Bloom ..
Directed by: Kevin Billington
Release date: 1979-02-25
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker

7.3/10 IMDB

The true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, a gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate. As a young girl, Helen Keller is stricken with scarlet fever. The illness leaves her blind, mute, and deaf. Sealed off from the world, Helen cannot communicate with anyone, nor anyone with her. Often frustrated and desperate, Helen flies into uncontrollable rages and tantrums that terrify her hopeless family. The gifted teacher Annie Sullivan is summoned by the family to help the girl understand the world from which she is isolated, freeing Helen Keller from her internal prison forever. Television remake of the 1962 film which also starred Patty Duke in the role of Helen Keller.

Starring: Patty Duke, Charles Siebert, Diana Muldaur, Melissa Gilbert, Anne Seymour, Titos Vandis, Stanley Wells, Hilda Haynes, Byron Green, Noniece Williams ..
Directed by: Paul Aaron
Release date: 1979-10-14

High Midnight

6.5/10 IMDB

Blue-collar worker Tony Giannetti vows to avenge the murder of his wife and child in a no-knock drug raid led by ruthlessly ambitious narcotics officer Capt. Lou Mikalich.

Starring: Mike Connors, David Birney, Christine Belford, Granville Van Dusen, Marc Alaimo, Victor Campos, John Durren, Edward Grover, Kathleen Lloyd, Larry Bishop ..
Directed by: Daniel Haller
Release date: 1979-11-27

The Man in the Santa Claus Suit

6.5/10 IMDB

The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from the mob, and a harried political speech writer visiting with his estranged wife and son. Their lives are inexorably changed by their experience of playing Santa Claus.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff, John Byner, Bert Convy, Tara Buckman, Brooke Bundy, Eddie Barth, Ron Feinberg, Nanette Fabray, Harold Gould ..
Directed by: Corey Allen
Release date: 1979-12-23
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : ...And Your Name Is Jonah

...And Your Name Is Jonah

7.0/10 IMDB

A couple whose son had been institutionalized for three years after being diagnosed as mentally retarded are shocked to discover that the diagnosis was wrong, and that their son is, in fact, deaf.

Starring: James Woods, Sally Struthers, Randee Heller, Titos Vandis, Robert Davi, Penny Santon, Jeffrey Bravin, Jeremy Licht, Ruth Manning, Erica Yohn ..
Directed by: Richard Michaels
Release date: 1979-01-28
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Flesh & Blood

Flesh & Blood

6.5/10 IMDB

A young street-tough-turned-boxer struggles to reach the top while finding his romance with an attractive TV reporter is complicated by an incestuous relationship with his mother.

Starring: Tom Berenger, Suzanne Pleshette, Mitchell Ryan, John Cassavetes, Kristin Griffith, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Anthony Charnota, Luca Bercovici, Stack Pierce, Jack Rader ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1979-10-14

Stranger in Our House

5.4/10 IMDB

A well-to-do family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julia, teenaged daughter Rachel comes to suspect that her cousin has an ulterior agenda – one that possibly includes witchcraft.

Starring: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Fran Drescher, Jeff McCracken, Jeff East, Carol Lawrence, Macdonald Carey, James Jarnigan, Kerry Arquette ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1979-08-16
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : The Best Place to Be

The Best Place to Be

7.4/10 IMDB

A widow's life is thrown into turmoil by her hippie daughter, her rebellious teenage son, and an ill-starred love affair she is having with a much younger man -- and then a former suitor comes back into the picture.

Starring: Donna Reed, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Mildred Dunnock, Betty White, John Phillip Law, Stephanie Zimbalist, Michael Shannon, Gregory Harrison, Timothy Hutton, Lloyd Bochner ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1979-05-27

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

When Ben Mears (David Soul) returns to his hometown (Salem's Lot) to work on his novel, he discovers a series of strange events that lead him to suspect that a vampire is stalking the community. It's something to do with the mysterious antique dealer, Mr. Straker (James Mason).

Release date: 1979-11-17
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Sooner or Later

Sooner or Later

7.7/10 IMDB

Thirteen-year-old Jessie is in love with Michael, a 17-year-old guitar instructor and aspiring musician. When she finally captures his interest, she lies and tells him she's 16. But what will Michael do when he discovers the truth?

Starring: Denise Miller, Rex Smith, Judd Hirsch, Barbara Feldon, Lilia Skala, Vivian Blaine, Lynn Redgrave, Morey Amsterdam, Mary-Beth Manning, Mary-Beth Manning ..
Directed by: Bruce Hart
Release date: 1979-03-25
Best Tv Movie Movies of 1979 : Champions: A Love Story

Champions: A Love Story

7.4/10 IMDB

Two teens become romantically involved as they train for a skating championship.

Starring: Shirley Knight, Tony Lo Bianco, Jimmy McNichol, Joy LeDuc, Jennifer Warren, Richard Jaeckel, Anne Schedeen, Eddie Deezen, Richard Jaeckel, Elizabeth Cheshire ..
Directed by: John A. Alonzo
Release date: 1979-01-13

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