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Are You in the House Alone? -- A lovely high school student becomes the target of a campaign of terror when she begins receiving warning notes in her school locker from someone claiming to know her.


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Judith Parker (teleplay)
Richard Peck (based on the novel by)
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20 September 1978 (USA) See more »
Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kathleen Beller ... Gail Osborne

Blythe Danner ... Anne Osborne

Tony Bill ... Neil Osborne
Robin Mattson ... Allison Bremer

Tricia O'Neil ... Jessica Hirsch

Dennis Quaid ... Phil Lawver

Alan Fudge ... Chris Elden

Scott Colomby ... Steve Pastorinis

Ellen Travolta ... Rouillard
Randy Stumpf ... E.K. Miller
Magda Harout ... Malevich
Sandra Sharp ... Pamela
Michael Bond ... Doctor

Lois Hamilton ... Policewoman (as Lois Areno)
Sandra Giles ... Hostess
Ted Gehring ... Billy
Richard Molinare ... Singer
David Leon ... Singer
Art Kimbro ... Singer
Jayne Lyn Martin ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Fries ... Ice Cream Parlor (uncredited)

Ron Gilbert ... Fencing Coach (uncredited)

David Keith ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Grauman 
Writing credits
Judith Parker (teleplay)

Richard Peck (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Jay Benson .... producer
Richard Berg .... executive producer (as Dick Berg)
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Allan Marcil .... associate producer
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Jack Swain (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco  (as Tony Di Marco)
Casting by
Judith Holstra 
Art Direction by
Bill Ross 
Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Good 
Costume Design by
Maureen Gates 
Frank Novak 
Makeup Department
Gae Clark Butler .... hairdresser
Jim Kail .... makeup artist
Production Management
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... unit production manager (as Darrell Hallenbeck)
William P. Owens .... executive production manager
Malcolm Stuart .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... first assistant director
Gene Sultan .... second assistant director
Bruce Hanson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master
Sound Department
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor
Bob Sheridan .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Banks .... gaffer (as Bob Banks)
Verlin Mathews .... key grip
Arnold L. Rich .... camera operator (as Arnold Rich)
Editorial Department
Warren Chadwick .... assistant editor
Location Management
Orin Kennedy .... location coordinator
Mark Kitchell .... location manager
Music Department
John Fresco .... music supervisor
John Mick .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William F. Luehm .... transportation (as Bill Luehm)
Other crew
Carol Blalack .... production coordinator
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor (as Wilma Garscadden)
Joseph J. Kontra .... production assistant (as Joseph John Kontra)
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96 min
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Doctor:Gail, you're at the hospital. Do you know why you're here?
Gail Osborne:[nods, crying] He raped me.
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Walter Grauman's Are You in the House Alone?!, 11 June 2002
Author: Charles Tatum from North Dakota

Doe-eyed high school student Kathleen Beller is found beaten and

raped in the opening scenes of this made for TV movie. The film

then flashbacks to the few days before the rape, as Beller is

harassed by a stranger.

Beller and Scott Colomby and her best friend Robin Mattson and

Dennis Quaid are double dating early on. Beller's anxious parents,

laid back Tony Bill and shrill Blythe Danner, wait at home wringing

hands and so on. Right away, the 1970's makes its dated

entrance, as the young couples discuss the romance and love in

"Three Days of the Condor."

Beller, an amateur photographer, begins getting threatening notes

stuffed in her locker at school. The film makers wisely give us a

whole slew of suspects: Beller's new boyfriend, Mattson's

boyfriend, Beller's dad, Beller's ex-boyfriend, and what about that

overly friendly photography class teacher who wants Beller to be a

little more sexy in her self-portraits? I knew who the rapist was

because the Worldvision Video company video box has a picture of

the attack on the back cover, destroying any suspense in that


Without giving away who the attacker is, Beller begins getting

harassing phone calls, and is eventually raped. The movie then

heads south as she makes like Nancy Drew and secretly sets up

a time lapse camera to catch the guy stalking another student.

Finally, the film makers tack on a hokey ending narration from

Beller about the lack of understanding for the victims of rape in that

day and age.

The suspense here is very real, without going over the top into

scary movie stuff. Beller is very good, and watch for her and

Mattson's scene in an abandoned theater- both do great jobs. The

film is full of familiar faces, including Ellen Travolta in a small role,

and everyone is professional.

This was made in 1978, and it shows. I am sure no one had any

idea that this would be reviewed in 2001 by an overcritical horror

movie lover who needs to get to bed and be up early in the

morning, but some of the attitudes here are embarassing. The

teacher who tells Beller to be sexy is never made to explain what

exactly he had in mind. Nowadays, if any high school teacher said

that, then THAT would have been a made for TV movie on its own.

After Beller is raped, the rapist is still a part of her life, as warrants

are issued, blah, blah, blah. There may not be a case because

Beller is not a virgin, and cannot prove she was raped by whom

she said. Many of these problems have been addressed with

modern technology and policing efforts, but this film obviously

knew it would have a chance to add to the reform debate. Rape is

an act of violence that has not gone away, but efforts today to catch

the attackers are miles ahead of twenty four years ago. The

problem is the anti-rape angle feels tacked on, like an

afterthought. Before that, we have a tight little suspenser that has

real honest to God characterization. After the rape, everything

changes, filmwise, and not for the better.

I remember Beller from the '70's and '80's (and who could forget

her revealing role in "The Betsy"), but she has not done anything in

almost ten years. This is a shame, since she was very good way

back then.

I will recommend "Are You in the House Alone?!" based on the

acting alone, with a reluctant nod to at least the first two-thirds of

the film. If you want to relive 1970's made for TV high school life,

this is your cup of Tab.

This is unrated but contains physical violence, some sexual

violence, and some adult situations.

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