The Visitors (1972 film)

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The Visitors
The Visitors FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Elia Kazan
Produced by Chris Kazan
Nicholas T. Proferes
Written by Chris Kazan
Starring Patrick McVey
Cinematography Nicholas T. Proferes
Edited by Nicholas T. Proferes
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • February 2, 1972 (1972-02-02)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $160,000[1]

The Visitors is a 1972 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Kazan used Daniel Lang's Casualties of War story as a jumping-off point for this film.[3]


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 nor 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 stockade (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.


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  1. ^ Cannes Entries Rated by Talking Geiger Counter Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 May 1972: k1.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Visitors". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  3. ^ "There is Yet More to Casualties of War". phoenixnewtimes. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 

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