The Visitors (1972 film)

The Visitors is a 1972 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan and starring Patrick McVey. It was entered into the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.[2] Kazan used an article written by Daniel Lang for The New Yorker in 1969, and Lang's subsequent book Casualties of War, as a jumping-off point for this film.[3]

The Visitors
Film poster
Directed byElia Kazan
Produced byChris Kazan
Nicholas T. Proferes
Written byChris Kazan
StarringPatrick McVey
CinematographyNicholas T. Proferes
Edited byNicholas T. Proferes
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 2, 1972 (1972-02-02)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bill Schmidt and his long-term girlfriend Martha Wayne and their young son Hal live in a small Connecticut farmhouse owned by Martha's overbearing father. One snowy winter Sunday, two of Bill's ex-army buddies, Mike and Tony, arrive. A few years ago, they had all served together in Vietnam in the same platoon but later ended up on opposite sides of a court-martial. Bill has never told his girlfriend what happened in Vietnam nor at the court-martial. The story slowly unfolds. Under orders in Vietnam not to take any prisoners, and faced with potentially hostile civilians who might attack them if left behind, Mike kills a civilian. Bill testifies against him and Mike is sent to the stockade (military prison) for two years. He is angry. There is sexual tension between Mike and Martha. The tension builds and culminates in a fight and a rape.


See also


  1. Cannes Entries Rated by Talking Geiger Counter Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] May 13, 1972: k1.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: The Visitors". Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  3. "There is Yet More to Casualties of War". phoenixnewtimes. Retrieved October 26, 2010.

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