Martin's Day (1985)

Genres - Adventure, Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 22, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This is a tepid film aimed at youngsters and focusing on the warped Martin Steckert (Richard Harris), an escaped convict, and little Martin (Justin Henry), the boy he takes hostage. Steckert uses a ruse to escape from prison when his parole is denied, and once safely on the outside, he kidnaps Martin and heads for an isolated spot along a lake that he himself visited as a little boy. Aside from the developing relationship between the two Martins, not expressed in any great depth, there is the inexplicably fired-up pursuit of Martin by Lt. Lardner (James Coburn) and the psychobabble of Dr. Mennen (Lindsay Wagner), in pursuit of Martin's motivating demons. Martin's encounter with ex-lover Karen (Karen Black) does not reveal very much, and in the end, viewers may be left wondering about everyone's motivation.

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escaped-convict, friendship, generation-gap, hostage, journey, kidnapping, manhunt, parole, police, prison, psychiatry, pursuit