My Sweet Charlie


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About

From Wikipedia:

My Sweet Charlie is an American television movie directed by Lamont Johnson. The teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link is based on the novel of the same name by David Westheimer. Produced by Universal Television and broadcast by NBC on January 20, 1970, it later had a brief theatrical release. It is considered a landmark in television films. The film was made on location in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Set during the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie Roberts is a militant African American attorney from New York City falsely accused of murder during a demonstration in rural Texas.

Escaping from his captors, Charlie finds refuge in a vacant coastal vacation home, where he meets white Marlene Chambers, an uneducated, unmarried, prejudiced, pregnant teenager who has been shunned by her father and boyfriend.

Realizing their survival depends upon their willingness to help each other, the two slowly overcome their initial contempt for and hostility toward one another, and their relationship develops into both friendship and platonic love.

 

Approx. run time 2 hours

Genre Drama

Written by

Richard Levinson

William Link

Directed by Lamont Johnson

Produced by

Bob Banner

Richard Levinson

William Link

Starring

Patty Duke

Al Freeman Jr.

Music by Gil Melle

Country USA

Language English

Original channel NBC

Release date January 20, 1970

Who talked about this show

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on producing My Sweet Charlie on Broadway and later for television starring Patty Duke
03:01

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on the 1970 TV movie My Sweet Charlie and winning her first Emmy for her role; on accepting her award while having a manic episode
08:47

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on dealing with the Hollywood Blacklist, and later directing many issue-oriented shows like My Sweet Charlie
03:04

William Link

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Writer William Link on My Sweet Charlie
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