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Martins Day [VHS]

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  • Actors: Richard Harris, Lindsay Wagner, James Coburn, Justin Henry, Karen Black
  • Directors: Alan Gibson
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Chris Bryant
  • Producers: Richard F. Dalton, Roy Krost
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: February 17, 1993
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302658586
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Martin Steckert escapes from prison taking a man as hostage. But during their journey through the country both learn about each other and in the end become friends

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Rehak on November 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I first saw Martin's Day when I was just 10 years old, at home, on The Movie Channel, and still remember the impact it made on my life. It touched me as no other film had touched me, and I remember balling my eyes out.

After the first time I saw it, I couldn't find it anywhere else. I would ask around and no one had ever heard of the film! I guess it was one of those more rare films that not many people knew about, because no one, and I mean no one, knew what I was talking about. I searched and searched throughout the years, checking video stores shelves and scanning cable TV listings, but always came up short. Finally, in 1996 I found out I could special order it, I did, and have probably watched it at least 50 times since--and it still makes me cry, everytime.

Martin's Day is about Martin Steckert, a man who is in prison (but ginuinely a good guy), who yearns to make it back to the special lake where he grew up as boy. This was a special place, where he lived off nature, spent time with his dog, and was left alone to enjoy life. Soon into the movie, he escapes and starts making his way back to the lake.

It isn't long before the cops find him, and Steckert grabs a child as a hostage to convince the police to back off. Soon Steckert and his hostage (the 2nd Martin) become best friends, and have many fun adventures together--from robbing a toy truck, to hi-jacking a train, all on the way to this special lake.

Throughout the movie, Steckert has great flashbacks of him at the lake as a boy.

I won't ruin the ending for you, but I will tell you, this movie is a must see.

I am, without a doubt, the biggest fan of this movie EVER!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rsoonsa VINE VOICE on November 25, 2004
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A well-made and imaginative production, refreshingly free from cliché, this somewhat picaresque affair recounts a tale of a close friendship that develops between a man and a boy under less than ideal conditions: the man an escaped convict who has kidnapped the youth for his value as a hostage. Expertly directed by Alan Gibson with a fine sense for balanced narrative movement, the film provides freshness in nearly every scene, as felon Martin Steckert (Richard Harris), believing that his rejection for parole was particularly undeserved, contrives a convoluted but ultimately successful escape plan, following which his spontaneous nature comes to the fore as he flees to the lakeside residence of his childhood. Often bursting into song or dancing a few steps, the capricious Steckert gradually gains the trust and affection of his captive and, as police close in for an inevitable showdown, the tethered pair are seen to be a great deal alike in their responses to forms of rejection, as discerned by a psychiatrist (Lindsay Wagner) assigned to aid a zealous police lieutenant (James Coburn) who is in charge of the manhunt for Steckert and his "prisoner". This is an engrossing story, worth telling, a quickly-paced and novel adventure that profits from a capital performance by Harris, fine turns from Wagner, Coburn, and Karen Black, along with Justin Henry as the snatched lad, with an appropriately whimsical score contributed by Wilfred Josephs, and top-notch cinematography by Frank Watts, with all footage shot in a beautiful autumnal Ontario province.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan M. Simmons on December 16, 2008
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I spoke with Richard Harris for about 30 minutes in 1984. Asking about
some of the forthcoming films in which he was to appear(films which had
already been shot but not yet released), this was the only one of which he
was justifiably proud. Filmed in the beautiful fall foliage of Canada,
it tells the story of a convict who holds a kid hostage and the respect
and friendship they develop for each other.
Bolstered with an excellent supporting cast including James Coburn, Lindsay Wagner, and John Ireland(whose last film I believe this was),
the film features a lovely, sentimental music score and a wonderful
performance by Harris.
His problem with alcohol had rendered him virtually unemployable in films
during most of the 1980's. This was due to the reluctance of the insurance companies(who guarantee completion funds to films) to insure
him. To his credit, he quit booze cold-turkey in the 80's and went on a
grueling, multi-year but immensely successful tour as King Arthur in the
traveling stage production of "Camelot". He made a huge film comeback
starting in 1990 with his Oscar nomination for the film "The Field".
I consider this one of his finer, if lesser-known, performances, and I would encourage anyone who appreciates his work to take a look.
Just for the record, he confided to me that the other pending-release
films he called "horrible" were "Triumphs of a Man Called Horse", and
"Highpoint". He was right. They were.
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The movie "Martin's Day" is an adventurous, intriguing, and ultimately sweet film. It stars Richard Harris as a prisoner who masterminds his escape after being "unjustly" denied parole. As he attempts to evade capture, he kidnaps a young schoolboy, played by the very adorable and talented Justin Henry (Kramer vs Kramer). As Harris continues to flee from police, he gradually forms a bond with the boy. Harris treats the boy with respect and the boy eventually comes to like and trust him. Harris' plan is to eventually reach the lake where he had spent his childhood (which is shown in numerous flashbacks in the film). All the while, a police lieutenant (James Coburn) and a psychiatrist (Lindsay Wagner) are tracking the pair's every move in hopes of capturing them. I don't want to give away the ending to the film, but I really liked the way it was done. This has always been a very special film to me ever since I first saw it on TV in the 1980's. I'm glad it was eventually released on VHS, but this movie deserves to be on DVD. I highly recommend this movie because it has depth and humanity and it shows that there is ultimately good in all of us under the right circumstances.
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