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Marooned (1969) starring  Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Richard Crenna, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, Mariette Hartley

Marooned 1969

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Marooned (1969) starring  Gregory Peck, David Janssen, Richard Crenna, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman

Synopsis of Marooned

Marooned is a gripping, yet starkly realistic, portrayal of three astronauts on an extended special mission who find themselves unable to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. As the oxygen supply diminishes, the stranded astronauts must face the inevitability of death.

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Divorce American Style

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Divorce American Style (1967), starring Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, Jason Robards

Synopsis for Divorce American Style

 After 17 years, things have got too predictable and stale. They argue, they visit a marriage counselor, Richard (drunk) visits a prostitute. They split up. After meeting other people, they are re-united at a night club where they realize that their marriage was better than their divorce.

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The Spell

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The Spell (1977) starring Lee Grant, Susan Myers, Helen Hunt,  Lelia Goldoni,  Jack Colvin

The Spell is an NBC made-for-television movie, clearly, a rip-off of Carrie. However, it was actually slightly more than that. The Spell begins with a young teenager named Rita (Susan Myers,  Revenge of the Nerds) who is being picked on by her fellow high school students for being “fat” — i.e. not being anorexic like them. As they’re tormenting her, the Phy Ed teacher stands by and watches, doing absolutely nothing. This prompted one of my children to comment, “The teacher’s evil! She’s just standing there!” Actually, she’s more right than she knows, but more on that later.

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