PEOPLE, THE (TV) (1972 USA)
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Directed by John Korty
Starring: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi
Genres: Based On Book, Drama, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, TV Pilot
72 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English
Writer Zenna Henderson's science-fiction stories were the basis for this made-for-TV movie. A young teacher (Kim Darby) goes to a remote area to work with secluded and backwards inhabitants. She accidentally discovers, though, that the residents are actually aliens with psychic-powers who escaped their own now-destroyed planet and are hiding here on Earth, hoping to blend in. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this TV movie was notable for pairing William Shatner and Kim Darby, who had previously worked together in the Star Trek episode "Miri". The People stands out "for being neither shoddy nor sentimentalized" for its time.