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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

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Karen Black
1-Jul-1939 7-Aug-2013 Five Easy Pieces
James Coburn
31-Aug-1928 18-Nov-2002 Our Man Flint
Richard Harris
1-Oct-1930 25-Oct-2002 English Bob in Unforgiven
Justin Henry
25-May-1971   Kramer vs. Kramer
John Ireland
30-Jan-1914 21-Mar-1992 All the King's Men
Saul Rubinek
2-Jul-1948   Ticket to Heaven
Lindsay Wagner
22-Jun-1949   The Bionic Woman


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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