The Longest Night (1972)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Longest Night is a harrowing made-for-TV movie based on a real-life kidnapping. Sallie Shockley is abducted from the home of her parents and held for ransom. Her captors entomb her in a box buried several feet underground, with an air hose as her only conduit to the outside world. As the police close in on the kidnappers and search for the girl, she desperately tries to stave off hysteria and to prevent the cutting off of her air supply. She is rescued comparatively early in the storyline, which then switches to the trackdown of the culprits. The Longest Night effectively conveys the claustrophobic atmosphere of the story, even though it runs out of gas before the end.





entomb, victim, coffin, college, college-student, girl, home, hysteria, imprisonment, kidnapping, life, parent, police, race-against-time, ransom, rescue, search, student, underground [counterculture]