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
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Al Freeman Jr.
Music by Gil Melle
Original channel NBC
Release date January 20, 1970