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A Gun in the House (1981)

Emily Cates is left at home alone when a stranger breaks in and holds her hostage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Cates
David Ackroyd ...
Joe Cates
Det. Frank Campbell
Matt Grine
Frank Koppala ...
Henry Galsworthy
Lance Kessler
Roy Grutman
Marcie Clark
Melissa Francis ...
Diana Cates (as Missy Francis)
Valorie Armstrong ...
Phyllis Thatcher
Peter Schechter
Tompall Shockley
Matthew Faison ...
Paul Clark
Laurence Haddon ...
Julianna McCarthy ...
Thelma Grine


Emily Cates is left at home alone when a stranger breaks in and holds her hostage.

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She was a pretty wife. A loving mother. A perfect victim. But now her fear is turning to rage. Now she has... See more »







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11 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

After Midnight  »

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You should see this no matter what your politics are
5 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is one that could have become a propaganda piece for one side or the other. But, the writers did well to tread the line.

Seeing the wife, played by Sally Struthers, take the upper hand against the creeps who attack her, is very satisfying. She made mistakes by shooting in a panic rather than trying to get her cool back. But then, many people would make mistakes in that situation.

Also, the overzealous DA is, unfortunately, a too-common problem in the real world. Fortunately, in this case, he didn't get a chance to berate the victim, as happens in real life.

The last scene is good, and shows how good the writers are at not forcing an agenda. You just have to see it, and depending on your politics, can draw your own ending.

Other commentators have said Sally should have gotten an Emmy, and she probably would have gotten one, but again politics can be blamed. The left-wingers of Hollywood wouldn't have given her an award, because "we wouldn't want people to get ideas." That's how I see it.

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