By request. Re-upload of justin1972uk's original upload that's dead. This is a PAL UK DTV Xvid/MP3 Rip according to the original announce - never released on DVD (it was released on a hard-to-find VHS tape). So all thanks to justin1972uk for this little made-for TV gem!
The line between captor and savior grows faint when Leonard Hatch, an escaped mental patient who believes himself to be Kubla Khan, drags an uneducated farm girl from her drudgery to an idyllic mountain refuge ("Xanadu") and sets his mind to teaching her how to be his Christabel.
Martin Sheen gives a rich, rewarding performance in this memorable, underrated television drama. It's rare to find a film simply and honestly built on the budding relationship between just two main characters. Sheen's escaped mental patient and Linda Blair's kidnapped farm girl talk, fight, come to a mutual understanding, and finally become lovers. Sheen spouts poetry to tomboyish Blair, but he grows on her, and she to him. The scenes where they discuss the meaning of words like "symmetry" and "phosphorescence" is charmingly played, and Blair is right in tune with Sheen's reckless, showy abandon. This ABC-TV production, based on Nathaniel Benchley's book Welcome to Xanadu, is let down a bit by the low budget (as well as by the romantic theme song which plays at the beginning and nearly gives away the plot!), but it has two terrific lead performances and a loose, brisk direction by Lee Philips. Sweet Hostage is mighty sweet indeed.
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Audio Bitrate: 128kbps 2ch CBR 48000Hz