Martin's Day (1984)|
Director: Alan Gibson
Writers: Allan Scott; Chris Bryant
Music Composed by: Wilfred Josephs
Producers: Richard F. Dalton; Roy Krost
Keywords: Drama, Hostage Situation
|Richard Harris|| ... Martin Steckert|
|Lindsay Wagner|| ... Dr. Mennen|
|James Coburn|| ... Lt. Lardner|
|Justin Henry|| ... Martin|
|Karen Black|| ... Karen|
|John Ireland|| ... Brewer|
|Saul Rubinek|| ... Hitchhiker|
|R. H. Thomson|| ... Paul Mennen|
|Dwayne McLean|| ... Youngman|
|Frank Adamson|| ... Garby|
|Hugh Webster|| ... Gas Station Attendant|
|J. W. Carroll|| ... Train Driver|
|Bob Windsor|| ... Train Engineer|
|Jeff Braunstein|| ... Berglas|
|Dini Petty|| ... Newscaster|
|Martin Buckert|| ... Young Steckert|
|Bob Aarrons|| ... Malvern Cop|
|Bob Collins|| ... Truck Driver|
|Roberta Weiss|| ... Teenage Girl|
|Robin McCullough|| ... Prison Van Guard|
|Wesley Murphy|| ... Donovan|
|Ralph Small|| ... Mike|
|Richard Blackburn|| ... Marksman|
|Richard Donat|| ... Senior Policeman|
|Eric Fink|| ... Waiter|
|Pat Hamilton|| ... Malvern Wife|
|Philip Akin|| ... Cop 1|
|Michael Millar|| ... Cop 2|
|George Buza|| ... Prison Guard 1|
|John Lefebvre|| ... Prison Guard 2|
|Cathy McClenahan|| ... Police Radio Operator|
|Simon Reynolds|| ... Jim|
|Jaclyn Stevens|| ... Karen's Daughter|
|Eugene Clark|| ... Hydro Repairman|
Review by R Dub! (posted on 2-Mar-2005)
I first saw Martin's Day when I was just 10 years old, at home, on The Movie Channel, and still remember the impact it made on my life. It touched me as no other film had touched me, and I remember balling my eyes out.
After the first time I saw it, I couldn't find it anywhere else. I would ask around and no one had ever heard of the film! I guess it was one of those more rare films that not many people knew about, because no one, and I mean no one, knew what I was talking about. I searched and searched throughout the years, checking video stores shelves and scanning cable TV listings, but always came up short. Finally, in 1996 I found out I could special order it, I did, and have probably watched it at least 50 times since -- and it still makes me cry, every time.
Martin's Day is about Martin Steckert, a man who is in prison (but ginuinely a good guy), who yearns to make it back to the special lake where he grew up as boy. This was a special place, where he lived off nature, spent time with his dog, and was left alone to enjoy life. Soon into the movie, he escapes and starts making his way back to the lake.
It isn't long before the cops find him, and Steckert grabs a child as a hostage to convince the police to back off. Soon Steckert and his hostage (the 2nd Martin) become best friends, and have many fun adventures together--from robbing a toy truck, to hi-jacking a train, all on the way to this special lake.
Throughout the movie, Steckert has great flashbacks of him at the lake as a boy.
I won't ruin the ending for you, but I will tell you, this movie is a must see. It is the BEST movie I have EVER seen in my life!
I am, without a doubt, the biggest fan of this movie EVER! I managed to find the song that the two Martin's are singing throughout the movie ("I'm going back, to where I come from...). I'm even planning a trip to Canada to see the lake and cottage where Martin's Day was filmed. Crazy, I know -- but that movie just means so much to me.
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