A Little Game (1971 film)

A Little Game is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that was first broadcast on October 30, 1971, starring Mark Gruner as a young boy who will do anything to get what he wants.[1] In the movie, the plot suggests that he might be responsible for the death of a fellow student at the military academy he attends, yet his mother (Diane Baker) refuses to believe that he could be guilty of anything. His stepfather (Ed Nelson) begins to wonder if the boy wants to get rid of him.[2] It was based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Fielden Farrington, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was directed by Paul Wendkos, who would film another of Farrington's novels for television the following year (The Strangers in 7A).[3]

A Little Game
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Written byCarol Sobieski
Story byFielden Farrington
Directed byPaul Wendkos
StarringDiane Baker
Ed Nelson
Howard Duff
Katy Jurado
Music byRobert Prince
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)George Eckstein
Richard Irving
CinematographyHarry L. Wolf
Editor(s)Michael Economou
Running time73 minutes
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original release
  • October 30, 1971 (1971-10-30)


See also


  1. Drebit, Scott (14 January 2018). "It Came From The Tube: A LITTLE GAME (1971)". Daily Dead. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. "A LITTLE GAME (TV), 1971 DVD: modcinema*". www.modcinema.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. "The Strangers in 7a (1972)". BFI. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
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