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Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

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Terry Lambert
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Denise
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Sylvia Wentworth
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Collin Wentworth
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Det. Quirke
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Henderson's Attorney
Frederick Coffin ...
Det. Jessup
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Carl Henderson
Robert Schenkkan ...
State Attorney Peters
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Pool Player
Sara Carlson ...
Dancing Girl
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Man in Phone Booth
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Blowsy Neighbor
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Judge
Myvanwy Jenn ...
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Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't want to expose their relationship and so is reluctant about talking to the police. Terry, wanting to help, gives the police the description of the attacker. He soon becomes the main suspect in the case. He then sets to find the real rapist/killer with some help from victim Denise. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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16 January 1987 (USA)  »

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$12,640,385 (USA)
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According to Steve Guttenberg's autobiography, 'The Guttenberg Bible', the original camera crew was fired during the first week and replaced by Dino De Laurentiis by crew members who only spoke Italian. Soon afterwards, Curtis Hanson insisted on hiring Gilbert Taylor to replace the Italian cinematographer. See more »

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Man in Phone Booth: Beat it! I mean it!
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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Seduction
Performed by Val Young
Written by Rick James
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Published by Stone City Music Company (ASCAP)
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Great Hitchcockian story but Guttenberg problematic
25 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Terry Lambert (Steve Guttenberg) is having an affair with his boss Collin Wentworth' wife Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert). A serial killer is hunting Baltimore. After a tryst at Terry's apartment, Sylvia alone witnesses an attack outside his bedroom window. Denise (Elizabeth McGovern) survives. Later, Terry decides to call the police with a description from Sylvia pretending as the witness. The police sets up a lineup with suspect Carl Henderson. Of course, he can't help them but he starts following Henderson. Another girl is killed but there is not enough evidence. The prosecutor decides to put on Denise's assault case with Terry as the only eye witness. The trial goes badly and Terry becomes the main suspect.

This has a bit of Hitchcock and De Palma. I really like the story. Guttenberg is the main problem. His character is already too clueless and too Polyannish. His comedic smirk gets into the way. I can imagine many other actors would be better in a psychological thriller. He is a hard character to root for. He is either a romantic fool or an idiot. McGovern is great, Huppert is solid and the villain is creepy. This needs a different leading man. He needs to be more innocent while Sylvia manipulates him. Also I'm not sure how the final scheme is suppose to work. She gets a disguise but then he should know who she is anyways. It has to work precisely or else she's alone with the killer. The whole plan seems dubious to me. I love the bedroom window setup. The rest is a mixture of good and not so good.


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