Hanging by a Thread

Overview

"Master of disaster" Irwin Allen was so confident of his talents in 1979 that he actually thought he could stretch out a suspense tale for a full 200 minutes. Originally telecast in two parts, Allen's Hanging by a Thread concerns a group of friends and tourists, trapped in a sightseeing tram that dangles precariously over a yawning chasm. You might start yawning as well during the film's entirely dispensable flashback sequences. The "suspense" scenes themselves aren't bad, permitting an all-star cast Sam Groom, ...
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Overview

"Master of disaster" Irwin Allen was so confident of his talents in 1979 that he actually thought he could stretch out a suspense tale for a full 200 minutes. Originally telecast in two parts, Allen's Hanging by a Thread concerns a group of friends and tourists, trapped in a sightseeing tram that dangles precariously over a yawning chasm. You might start yawning as well during the film's entirely dispensable flashback sequences. The "suspense" scenes themselves aren't bad, permitting an all-star cast Sam Groom, Patty Duke Astin, Joyce Bulifant, Donna Mills, Burt Convy et. al. to alternate between screaming and looking terrified. Hanging by a Thread was first broadcast on May 8 and 9, 1979.
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This two-part t.v. film is a double-helping of disaster movie schlock. As befits an Irwin Allen production, it offers a mixture of stars, melodrama and mayhem. The script is absurdly contrived and, since a t.v. budget doesn't allow for major special effects, it is crammed to the gills with cheap melodrama to distract the viewer from its lack of spectacle. However, these elements actually work in its favor, making it a t.v.-size schlock epic. Georg Fenady's direction tends toward the pedestrian, particularly during the few big setpieces, but his work is solid enough to keep things moving forward. The real attraction here is the performances. Sam Groom makes a solid leading man but it's the supporting cast that really carries the day here: Bert Convy is amusingly smarmy as the spoiled rich man's son/secret drunk, Patty Duke tears into her role as a bitter wife with relish and Cameron Mitchell blusters his way through his role as a corrupt industialist with campy flair. Hanging By A Thread is mainly of interest to schlock devotees but they'll find plenty of campy amusements to enjoy in its jumbo-size running time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 883316232620
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 93,817

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patty Duke
Bert Convy
Burr de Benning
Sam Groom
Deanna Lund
Donna Mills
Cameron Mitchell
Technical Credits
Georg Fenady Director
Irwin Allen Producer
Duane Alt Art Director
James Caylor Editor
Dick LaSalle Score Composer
John M. Nicholaus Cinematographer
Adrian Spies Screenwriter
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