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Anne Holden (novel)
Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 January 1987 (USA) See more »
Innocent of murder. Guilty of love. See more »
Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Steve Guttenberg ... Terry Lambert

Elizabeth McGovern ... Denise

Isabelle Huppert ... Sylvia Wentworth

Paul Shenar ... Collin Wentworth

Carl Lumbly ... Det. Quirke

Wallace Shawn ... Henderson's Attorney
Frederick Coffin ... Det. Jessup

Brad Greenquist ... Carl Henderson
Robert Schenkkan ... State Attorney Peters

Maury Chaykin ... Pool Player
Sara Carlson ... Dancing Girl

Mark Margolis ... Man in Phone Booth

Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Blowsy Neighbor

Penelope Allen ... Judge
Myvanwy Jenn ... Maid
Francis V. Guinan Jr. ... Bartender at Edgar's

Kevin O'Rourke ... Policeman #1
Sydney Conrad Shapiro ... First Victim (as Sydney Conrad)
Wendy Womble ... Receptionist
Libra Marrian ... Secretary
Scott Colson ... Usher
Carl Whitney ... Man in Theatre
Richard McGough ... Policeman #2

Jodi Long ... Cocktail Waitress

Richard K. Olsen ... Late Night Shopper

Leon Rippy ... Seedy Bartender
John Patrick Maloney ... Pool Player's Friend
Kerry Lang ... Waitress at Edgar's
J. Michael Hunter ... Pool Player at Edgar's
Joyce Flick Wendl ... Henderson's Mother
Joyce Greer ... Police Receptionist
Winston Hemingway ... Bailiff
Michael Burgess ... Assistant State Attorney
J. Rich Leonard ... Court Clerk
Craig Jahelka ... TV Newsman
Tobi Marsh ... TV Newswoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Bard Bayer ... Court Room Skecth Artist (uncredited)

Rick Sawaya ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gary Wheeler ... Neighbor #1 (uncredited)
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Directed by
Curtis Hanson 
Writing credits
Anne Holden (novel "The Witnesses")

Curtis Hanson (screenplay)

Produced by
Martha De Laurentiis .... producer (as Martha Schumacher)
Robert Towne .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Gleeson 
Michael Shrieve 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Ron Foreman 
Art Direction by
Rafael Caro 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
Makeup Department
Milton Buras .... hair stylist
Stefano Fava .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard H. Prince .... unit production manager
Marilyn Stonehouse .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barbara Bruno .... second assistant director
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
José López Rodero .... first assistant director
Leigh Webb .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michel Anderson .... assistant set decorator
David Brace .... lead man
Jim Brinson .... lead carpenter
John C. Cameron .... assistant property master
Michael J. Hall .... propmaker
Loren McNamara .... set dresser
Vincent Peranio .... set buyer: Baltimore
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator (as Jeff Schlatter)
'Polar Bear' Shaw .... set dresser (as Stewart Shaw)
Scott A. Stephens .... property master
Joan Travis .... set dresser
Mark S. Turner .... scenic
Ward Welton .... head painter
Dwain Wilson .... set dresser
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound effects
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Arbuckle .... assistant sound editor
Tom Bellfort .... sound effects editor
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Dudeck .... foley editor
Sukey Fontelieu .... sound effects editor
Peter Friedberg .... sound transfer and recording
Ellen Heuer .... foley services: Taj Soundworks
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Klompus .... cable person
Martin Maryska .... sound editor
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley services: Taj Soundworks
Dennie Pinson .... cable person
Larry Porche .... boom operator
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Maggi Travis .... boom operator
Amy Vincent .... assistant sound editor
Jenny Weyman-Cockle .... assistant sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects
Lynn Dodson .... special effects
Greg Hull .... special effects
Ray Massara .... special effects
Erik Cord .... stunts
John Escobar .... utility stunts
Robin Grathwol .... stunts
Bill Hart .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Lincoln Simonds .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunts
Peter Studer .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Sharon Alley .... assistant camera
Howard Baker .... first assistant camera
Carlo Campana .... key grip
Brendan Creadle .... assistant camera
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Jeff Kluttz .... dolly grip
Gregory Lundsgaard .... additional camera operator
Sergio Melaranci .... additional camera operator
Bill Mills .... additional camera operator
D.L. 'Pete' Peterson .... crane operator
Derek Russell .... key grip
Peter Taylor .... camera operator
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator
Steve Venetis .... best boy
George Whitear .... still photographer
Jay W. Yowler .... generator operator (as Jay Yowler)
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... casting: Wilmington
Mark Fincannon .... casting: Wilmington
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen P. Butler .... costume supervisor
Helen P. Butler .... wardrobe supervisor
Deborah Latham .... wardrobe dresser
Editorial Department
Carolyne Chauncey .... editorial assistant
Tim Craig .... second assistant editor
Christian Wagner .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Stu Cantor .... music supervisor
Murray Deutch .... music supervisor
Spencer Proffer .... music producer
Gary Rocklen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Rick Barefoot .... driver captain
Don Retzer .... transport coordinator
Other crew
Linda Ammons .... production assistant
Douglas Armstrong .... production assistant
Howard Berk .... publicist
Lisa Boland .... assistant auditor
Laura Fattori .... unit location manager
Stephanie A. Fowler .... production assistant
Renata Franceschi .... script supervisor
David Hartley .... location assistant
David Blake Hartley .... location manager
Jordan Hawley .... assistant to producers
Angela Heald .... production coordinator
Gail Hunter .... script supervisor
Sarah Mays .... production secretary
Heather McIntosh .... auditor
Michael Owens .... choreographer
John Perkinson .... production assistant
Randy Polley .... location manager: Baltimore
David K. Riebel .... production assistant (as David Reibel)
Neil Robinson .... dialogue coach: Ms. Huppert
Susan Skeen .... production assistant

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112 min
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Brad Greenquist's character is named Chris Henderson, not Carl, which is how he is billed on IMDB.See more »
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You're either a romantic fool or you're an idiot!, 9 July 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

The Bedroom Window is directed by Curtis Hanson who also adapts the screenplay from the novel The Witnesses written by Anne Holden. It stars Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert, Brad Greenquist and Paul Shenar. Music is by Patrick Gleeson and Michael Shrieve and cinematography by Gilbert Taylor.

Terry Lambert (Guttenberg) is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia Wentworth (Huppert). Together one night at Terry's apartment, Sylvia witnesses from the bedroom window an attack on Denise (McGovern) and scares off the assailant. Not wishing to expose her affair with Terry, she refuses to report what she saw, instead allowing Terry to come forward to help the police finger the man who Sylvia saw by pretending it was he who witnessed the crime. But when Terry's evidence comes under scrutiny he finds himself the focus of the police search for the rapist and murderer at large...

With shades of Hitchcock and De Palma, The Bedroom Window is an effective neo-noir like thriller. Guttenberg's protagonist begins to pay severely for his illicit dalliances as he lands in a world quickly spinning out of his control. Duped and a victim of circumstance, this law abiding citizen just wants to do the right thing. This sets up a narrative that isn't shy to toy with audience expectations, keeping suspense high as the wronged man - aided by a spunky femme - sets about proving his innocence and ensuring the guilty man, Henderson (Grenquist) (who we know about from the off) is brought to justice. A couple of twists keep things perky, where even though some contrived events ask a lot of the audience, film never drifts into the mundane.

Hanson would strike a considerable chord with the neo-noir faithful when he brought L.A. Confidential to the screen in 1997. Here, much like with Bad Influence (1990), the director hones his skills as a visualist. The Baltimore locations are often shaded as being places of possible peril, while Gilbert Taylor's photography neatly blends golden promise in daytime shots with shadowy menace at night. Acting performances are hit and miss. Guttenberg surprisingly is effective in a serious role, mainly because it fits the character to have an easy going guy spun into disarray. Huppert struggles as the femme fatale by giving a one dimensional turn, but McGovern lights up the screen with poise and purpose and saves the film from taking a trip up average street in the final third. As for Greenquist? Visually scary and Hanson wisely keeps him as a silent assassin type.

Those contrivances, a dated feel and the valid charges of it being copyist have kept it from essential viewing status. But there is still a strong thriller in the mix and for anyone interested in Hanson's work this is a good addition to your required viewing list. 7/10

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