After School Specials 1976-77
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1976
Directors: Larry Elikann, Richard Bennett, Roger Flint
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 787364-577590
Running time: 3:00 (180 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: October 12, 2004
Collection type: Owned (#2734)
Status: Available
Purchase date: October 18, 2004
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 0 / 10
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Overview
Martin Tahse is the most prolific and successful producer of After School Specials. His 26 productions have won numerous awards an prizes including 18 Emmys, three Blue Ribbons in the American Film Festival, the Peabody Award, and First, Second, and Third Prize in the Chicago Film Festival in the same year - an honor which has never since been matched. His original contributions remain important to today's young and adult audiences.

Francesca, Baby
Francesca (Carol Jones) and her younger sister, Kate (Tara Talboy), live in constant embarrassment with their alcoholic mother (Melendy Britt). When their mother falls asleep in bed with a lighted cigarette, endangering the lives of the girls, the endgame between Francesca and her mother is both dramatic and seemingly true.

Beat the Turtle Drum
For her birthday, Joss (Katy Kaufman) is given a horse for a week. She and her older sister, Kate (Melissa Sue Anderson), go out with the horse and tie it up so they can climb and play in a tree. Kate is devastate when Joss accidentally falls and is killed. Desolate and fearing that she might have been able to save her sister, Kate goes on a search to come to grips with the tragedy.

The Pinballs
Three kids, each with both haunting and often humorous backgrounds, form a friendship while in a foster hoe. Thomas J. (Sparky Marcus), Henry (Johnny Doran), and Carlie (Kristy McNichol) help each other realize that their life is ahead of them. They are not pinballs; life's "tilts" have thrown them here, but their lives can have meaning and direction.

Trouble River
Dewey (Michael LeClair) is left at home with his grandmother (Nora Denney) when his parents take the wagon down river in the stockade so Dewey's mother can give birth. Dewey hears rumors of renegades terrorizing the settlers, so he builds a raft to take his grandmother and dog down the river to join his parents. After an adventurous run down the river, they eventually reach the fort and Dewey is reunited with is parents and meets his new baby brother.
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Genres
Television
Drama
Family
Studios
Production Studios:
 • ABC Productions
 • Martin Tahse Productions
 • Brentwood Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles
 
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
2Main Feature 2
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Gallery
Crew
 Francesca, Baby
Direction
Larry Elikann....Director
Writing
Bob Rodgers....Writer
Production
Martin Tahse....Producer
Cinematography
Don Clark....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Vince Humphrey....Film Editor
Music
Don Clark....Composer
Art
Ray Markham....Art Director
 Beat the Turtle Drum
Direction
Richard Bennett....Director
Writing
Constance Greene....Original Material By
Arthur Heinemann....Screenwriter
Production
Martin Tahse....Producer
Cinematography
Bob Collins....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Vince Humphrey....Film Editor
Music
Norman Mamey....Composer
Hod David....Composer
Art
Ray Markham....Art Director
 The Pinballs
Direction
Richard Bennett....Director
Writing
Betsy Byars....Original Material By
Jim Inman....Screenwriter
Production
Martin Tahse....Producer
Cinematography
Bob Collins....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Vince Humphrey....Film Editor
Music
Hod David....Composer
Art
Ray Markham....Art Director
 Trouble River
Direction
Roger Flint....Director
Writing
Larry Bischof....Screenwriter
Betsy Byars....Original Material By
Production
Martin Tahse....Producer
Cinematography
Robert Steadman....Cinematographer
Film Editing
Vince Humphrey....Film Editor
Music
Glenn Paxton....Composer
Art
Ray Markham....Art Director
Cast
 Francesca, Baby
Carol Jones....Francesca James
Melendy Britt....Lillian James
Dennis Bowen....Bix
Peter Brandon....Gordon
Doney Oatman....Patty
Jody Britt....Louise
Barbara England....Salesgirl
Elizabeth Herbert....Jo Lynn
Lee Kessler....Mrs. Handley
Alice Nunn....Connie
Scot Marc Sovie....Greg
Mona Tera....Marion
 Beat the Turtle Drum
Melissa Sue Anderson....Kate
Katy Kurtzman....Joss
William H. Bassett....Father
Pamela Nelson....Mother
Sparky Marcus....Tootie
Anne Seymour....Miss Pemberthy
William Lanteau....Essig
Montana Smoyer....Mrs. Essig
Joshua Davis....Harry
 The Pinballs
Kristy McNichol....Carlie Higgins
Johnny Doran....Harvey
Sparky Marcus....Thomas J.
Priscilla Morrill....Mrs. Ramona Mason
Walter Brooke....Mr. Mason
Barry Coe....Harvey's Father
Jacque Lynn Colton....Mrs. Harris
Beverly Hope Atkinson....Nurse
James Chandler....Policeman
 Trouble River
Nora Denney....Grandma
Michael LeClair....Dewey
Geno Silva....Indian
Mike Howden....Mr. Dragan
Hal England....Mr. Martin
Jay W. MacIntosh....Mrs. Martin