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The Bedroom Window -- Terry is having an affair with his boss's wife, who witnesses an attempted murder from his apartment. He agrees to report it in an attempt to keep their liaison a secret, but soon becomes a suspect and his troubles turn into a web of crime and duplicity. Directed by Oscar winner Curtis Hanson.


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Anne Holden (novel)
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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
Jim Bridges .... sound transfer
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
Location Management
David Hartley .... location assistant
David Blake Hartley .... location manager
Randy Polley .... location manager: Baltimore
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
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
David K. Riebel .... production assistant (as David Reibel)
Neil Robinson .... dialogue coach: Ms. Huppert
Susan Skeen .... production assistant

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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According to Steve Guttenberg, Dino De Laurentiis wanted to cast him as Terry because he felt that having him in the role would put a spin on it. Steve would be somebody people would not expect to see in that situation.See more »
Carl Henderson:[his only line in the movie] You?See more »
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References Sabotage (1936)See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Great Thriller, 29 September 2005
Author: BDeWittP from United States

Sometimes, people do the wrong thing, for a good reason. This isn't always right, but it's understandable. I think this is the premise for The Bedroom Window. People are human, and sometimes irrational behavior leads to something that can get more serious than originally anticipated.

That is exactly what happens in this movie. Terry Lambert, played by Steve Guttenberg in what may just be his best performance, is a good man whose judgment isn't always the greatest. Terry is a business executive who makes the unwise decision of having an affair with his boss's wife, a beautiful french woman named Sylvia. One night at his apartment, she witnesses a young man assaulting a female. Obviously, she cannot go forward. Later, after learning of a different female being murdered near the scene that same night, he decides he'll go forward and report that he was the witness. "It's my apartment, my bedroom window," he says in an attempt to justify the dishonesty.

The only problem, which proves to be a damaging blow, is that nothing can be proved about the murder. So, the only chance to convict the assailant is to prosecute on the assault case. The logic being it at least gives the authorities a chance to put the killer away to prevent him from hurting anyone else, while still hoping to find evidence connecting him to the murder. So Terry must testify during the trial that he witnessed the assault. In a brilliant scene, the defendant's attorney carves him up like an overcooked turkey, making it very clear that Terry is lying, but not why.

As the authorities become suspicious of Terry, he begins to bond, through shared experience, with Denise, the woman who was assaulted outside his apartment. She later figures out that Sylvia, and not Terry, saw the murder. "The question isn't What am I going to do? It's what are you going to do? And what is she going to do?," she says harshly and angrily, but not at all incorrectly. They both later discover, at least partially, the killer's motives, and agree that the only way to implicate him, and clear Terry, is to trap him and catch him in the act.

Steve Guttenberg is magnificent as the scared, confused, and conscientious Terry. Elizabeth McGovern and Isabelle Huppert are equally as good as the women who care about him, but are unsure how to figure him out, or what to do. McGovern shows her very good acting ability with non-verbals that demonstrate clearly that she knows something isn't right about Terry through her facial expressions and the looks in her eyes. The cast of this movie work together like a well-oiled machine, and the story may not have been as compelling had it not been for the convincing actors.

This is writing at its best, top notch acting, and filmmaking on a master scale. The movie is so well-made that we love the story, understand the characters and their situations, and just can't wait to see what happens next. This movie is a classic, and also a great thriller. Watch it!

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