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Trapped (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama  -  14 November 1973 (USA)
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A man is accidently locked in a department store overnight and finds himself held at bay by six vicious Doberman guard dogs.


(as Frank DeFelitta)
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Complete credited cast:
Chuck Brenner
Elaine Moore
David Moore
Sergeant Connaught
Ivy Jones ...
Connie Havemeyer
The Bartender
Tammy Harrington ...
Marco López ...
Steward (as Marco Lopez)
Erica Hagen ...
Mary Margaret Robinson ...
Waitress (as Mary Robinson)
Elliott Lindsey ...
Mr. Higgins


Shortly before closing time, Chuck Brenner is knocked down and robbed in a shopping mall. The security guards overlook the unconscious man and unleash the attack dogs for the night. Chuck is trapped and has to fight for his life. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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There's no way out ... no time left ... and the dogs are trained to kill! See more »


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14 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Chopping Mall (1986) See more »

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10 February 2007 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

An early entry in the glory days of TV movies that stands well alongside other TV movies on the era. Well acted, very well edited and scored and most importantly written and directed by Frank De Felitta. It ages pretty well and of course has real dog attacks rather than CGI junk animals. For some reason this quality of TV production died out almost entirely in the 1980's when all the elements of craft that this film has vanished really until X Files and other shows brought back film type story telling to TV.

The story unfolds very well and is believable and involving, this should be on DVD and certainly is among the handful of memorable TV movies of any era, it's like a very good episode of the Hitchcock series or Thriller--the Boris Karloff series. Someone at Univeral get this out on DVD like it deserves. This movie will having you making sure you're home before any store closes. James Brolin sweats and suffers with the best of them.

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