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 Post subject: A Cold Night's Death
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First, a bit of historical background....

According to TV Guide Magazine, the entire concept of "Made For TV Movies" was in direct response to a loosening of censorship for theatrically released films. TV Guide stated that "cutting" aka censoring such movies for television broadcast might alienate TV viewers, so networks, with ABC in the forefront, decided to make their own movies. If viewers failed to watch these films, TV Guide Magazine intoned, television networks would be forced to loosen their own censorship in order to show the real thing.

Well, that was the 1970's....

And before "Made For TV Movies" became "The Disease of the Week" and even less, there were some excellent films.

Enter "A Cold Night's Death" written by Christopher Knopf and directed by Jerrold Freedman. Robert Culp and Eli Wallach star in this essentially Two Man Play as research scientists sent to replace their dead predecessor, "Dr. Vogel."

Vogel died under strange circumstances, having locked himself in a room at the snow-bound science base, running off "thousands of feet" of reel-to-reel audio tape, while opening the room's only window which allowed the weather in which caused his death by freezing.

The monkeys used in "isolation experiments" at the base fared much better; though the generator is out when Culp and Wallach arrive, at least the windows are all closed.

What unfolds is a taut, well-written conflict between Culp's character, who thinks something extraordinary has happened to Vogel (the audio tape, once thawed, is blank), and Wallach's character, who is a nuts & bolts scientist whose practical nature allows no outre speculations.

Strange things do happen; Culp is nearly trapped in the room Vogel died in, the window "frozen in the open position" as the door begins to swing and automatically LOCK shut. The two men's combination rec room and kitchen is trashed; each denies responsibility. Finally, Culp, whose job is to go outside and shovel snow into a vent for melting in the generator room, is locked outside--during a snow storm of killer proportion.

Did I mention that the helicopter pilot who flew them in left his .32 behind for these gentlemen?

Gil Melle's score heightens the awful tension as Culp and Wallach face true horror, isolation, and some solid concepts in the SF gem.


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Goddnight, Eli. Well done.


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