I can't remember the name of this movie, but is old, from the 1960's or 70's. It was about a community hidden out in the boonies. Maybe farmers. A couple visits this community, probably to study them. These people are taught that they can not raise their feet, thus when they walk, they drag their feet. There is one scene where some kids are floating; that may be what happens when they do not drag their feet. They are actually aliens that were stranded on Earth, living as humans for a couple / several generations. Offspring where the ones not allowed to walk normal but instead drag their feet.

The outsider Female might have been a teacher or a doctor.

  • see also scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/59700/… (question about original story)
    – Otis
    Jan 24, 2016 at 22:18
  • OMGosh! I have been searching for the name of this movie for years. I always had an odd fascination with this movie. Its storyline just seemed to have stuck with me as a child so many decades ago. Thank you fof finally posting and for giving me another opportunity to see it once again.
    – user62285
    Feb 20, 2016 at 0:38

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You're describing The People (1972) starring William Shatner and Kim Darby.

It was based on Zenna Henderson's "Pottage", one of the stories found in her anthology "The Pilgrimage"

  • Aliens have crash-landed on the Earth.

  • They live in remote parts of the world.

  • Their offspring have ESP and levitating powers and are taught to drag their feet along the ground to disguise their gift.

  • The protagonist is a teacher.

  • I hadn't realized that anyone had ever made a People movie. Hunh. Thanks for that. I mean, I know it stars the Shat, but is it actually any good?
    – Broklynite
    Sep 4, 2014 at 10:33
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    @Brokylnite - The link is the full movie so you can make your own judgement but no, it's not a good film.
    – Valorum
    Sep 4, 2014 at 11:17
  • Bad movie. No cookie. Jun 14, 2020 at 23:25
  • @DoscoJones - I've seen worse. Go watch Starcrash.
    – Valorum
    Jun 14, 2020 at 23:28
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    @RiaByss - I can only imagine your fury when you find out that 'literally' doesn't mean what you think it means either. You will be literally incandescent with rage.
    – Valorum
    Sep 28, 2020 at 16:04

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