The Visitors (1972 film)
|Directed by||Elia Kazan|
|Produced by||Chris Kazan
Nicholas T. Proferes
|Written by||Chris Kazan|
|Cinematography||Nicholas T. Proferes|
|Editing by||Nicholas T. Proferes|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||88 minutes|
The Visitors is a 1972 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival. Kazan used Daniel Lang's Casualties of War story as a jumping-off point for this film.
Bill Schmidt and his long-term girlfriend Martha Wayne and their young son Hal live in a small Connecticut farmhouse owned by Martha's overbearing father. One snowy winter Sunday, two of Bill's ex-army buddies, Mike and Tony, arrive. A few years ago, they had all served together in Vietnam in the same platoon but later ended up on opposite sides of a court-martial. Bill has never told his girlfriend what happened in Vietnam or at the court-martial. The story slowly unfolds. Under orders in Vietnam not to take any prisoners, and faced with potentially hostile civilians who might attack them if left behind, Mike kills a civilian. Bill testifies against him and Mike is sent to the brig (military prison) for two years. He is angry. There is sexual tension between Mike and Martha. The tension builds and culminates in a fight and a rape.
- Patrick McVey as Harry Wayne
- Patricia Joyce as Martha Wayne
- James Woods as Bill Schmidt
- Steve Railsback as Mike Nickerson
- Chico Martínez as Tony Rodrigues
- Cannes Entries Rated by Talking Geiger Counter Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 May 1972: k1.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Visitors". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- "There is Yet More to Casualties of War". phoenixnewtimes. Retrieved 2010-10-26.