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Dying Room Only (1973)

Cloris Leachman , Ross Martin , Philip Leacock  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty, Dabney Coleman
  • Directors: Philip Leacock
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035FTPZ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dying Room Only" on IMDb

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Acres of burning desert. A rundown diner. Hostile, close-mouthed locals. And an upscale L.A. couple just passing through. It's the perfect setup for suspense. Eight-time Emmy Award(r) winner Cloris Leachman leads a stellar cast that includes Ross Martin, Ned Beatty and Dabney Coleman in a smart, lean chiller scripted by acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy writer Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). The story
follows Jean Miller (Leachman), whose husband (Dabney Coleman) disappears after they stop at the dusty crossroads diner. No one - not even the sheriff (Dana Elcar) - will help her. So Jean desperately begins her own investigation, one that leads her straight into an ingenious web of mystery and murder.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nail-biting Suspense" November 27, 2011
I first saw "Dying Room Only" when it was originally released on ABC in September, 1973. I eventually saw it many times again during the seventies as a late-night or early afternoon movie (known here as "Midday Matinee" on one of our local channels). So I was very surprised to discover this lost television movie was available on DVD as it hasn't been shown for decades and most TV films never see the light of day on home video releases.

The film is extremely good for a television movie from the early seventies. The plot deals with a man and woman who stop at a dingy roadside cafe in Arizona on their way back home to Los Angeles where they encounter some of the locals. They go into the restaurant to have a bite to eat only to discover the people there (low-life trailer trash types) have an issue with people who have class and a bit of money. After coming out of the restroom the woman discovers her husband is missing and it is entirely up to her to find him.

The movie is suspenseful, nerve tingling and extremely well written and acted with a cast of some of the best actors from this era. Cloris Leachman, fresh off her Oscar-winning role in "The Last Picture Show" and her Emmy-Award winning performance in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", heads an all-star cast. Dabney Coleman, best known for his work in "9 to 5", plays the unfortunate husband while Louise Latham (in a scary performance as the night clerk), Ned Beatty (fresh from doing "Deliverence") and Ross Martin do superb work in supporting roles.

The movie was produced by Lorimar, known for their impressive work on "Dallas" in the eighties.

Several years later Cloris and Dabney would work together again in the theatrical remake of "The Beverly Hillbillies".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery Thriller!!! October 5, 2005
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This is a great mystery thriller starring Cloris Leachman about a married couple driving on a deserted road and stopping at a run down diner when the husband goes to the bathroom he never returns suspecting foul play!!It's an eerie must see movie!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic, bad price! June 24, 2010
Back in the 70's, there were actually good made-for-TV movies, and this is one of the best. I've waited for years to upgrade from my fuzzy VHS tape (recorded from a TV source), but unfortunately, Warner Bros. is sticking it to the fans with their 'Archive Collection' overpricing, so I'll pass. Still, this Richard Matheson story is a taut, well-acted and suspenseful little flick, and a precursor to many other similarly-themed movies, most particularly Kurt Russell's excellent "Breakdown". A perfect cast, featuring the great Dabney Coleman, a subdued and terrified Cloris Leachman, along with the always-dependable Ned Beatty, and an against-type Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon from the "Wild Wild West" series) as a very bad guy, makes this above-average TV fare, right up there with Spielberg's "Duel", which was also an ABC movie-of-the-week. Maybe Netflix will pony up and pick up a few copies of this fine little thriller. But, the fact that they even released this on DVD means it's at least available for those who don't mind the price. Now if they would only release Patty Duke's "You'll like my mother"!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All star cast June 7, 2011
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This was a made-for-TV movie from back in the 1970's. They don't make these type films anymore and it is a shame because this was one of the best mystery movies. The cast is superb and the acting is wonderful. Nice guy Ned Beatty acting as a tough guy is worth watching. The plot is interesting because not until the very end you see why the characters were behaving the way they were in not helping Cloris Leachman's character. It all comes together at the end. And it may seem to plod along until the end whereas a lot of action happens spontanously. Good film.
Worth the price. Buy this and stay home and watch it. It beats anything in the cinema today.
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