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Marc Shmuger (written by) &
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Release Date:
6 February 1987 (USA) See more »
A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mary Steenburgen ... Julie Rose / Katie McGovern / Evelyn

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Murray

Jan Rubes ... Dr. Joseph Lewis

William Russ ... Rob Sweeney

Ken Pogue ... Officer Mullavy

Wayne Robson ... Officer Huntley
Mark Malone ... Roland McGovern

Michael Copeman ... Highway Patrolman
Sam Malkin ... Gas Jock
Pamela Moller ... Woman at Audition
Dwayne McLean ... Killer
Paul Welsh ... New Year's Eve Reveler

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
Writing credits
Marc Shmuger (written by) &
Mark Malone (written by)

Anthony Gilbert  novel "The Woman in Red" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Bloomgarden .... producer
Michael MacDonald .... associate producer
Marc Shmuger .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Einhorn 
Cinematography by
Jan Weincke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rick Shaine 
Casting by
Maria Armstrong 
Ross Clydesdale 
Production Design by
Bill Brodie 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Set Decoration by
Mark S. Freeborn 
Costume Design by
Arthur Rowsell 
Makeup Department
Donna Bis .... hair designer
Donna Bis .... wigs
Ann Brodie .... makeup designer
Production Management
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael MacDonald .... second unit director
Tony Thatcher .... first assistant director
David Till .... second assistant director
David Vaughan .... third assistant director (as David Vaughn)
Art Department
Guenter Bartlik .... construction coordinator
Daniel R. Bradette .... property master
J. Tracy Budd .... property master
Paul Harding .... assistant set decorator
Paul Harding .... set dresser
Bill Harman .... construction supervisor
Alex Russell .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Bruce Carwardine .... production sound (as D. Bruce Carwardine)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording engineer
Glen Gauthier .... production sound
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... apprentice sound editor
Glen Gauthier .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil N. Trifunovich)
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
Leslie Munro .... stunts (as Leslie Munroe)
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Denise Lute .... stunt double: Mary Steenburgen (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Crone .... photographer: second unit
Robert Crone .... photographer: second unit (as Bob Crone)
Steve Ferrier .... best boy
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Michael Kohne .... key grip
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera
Neil Seale .... photographer: second unit
Newton Thomas Sigel .... photographer: second unit (as Tom Sigel)
Audrey Smith .... second assistant camera
Rae Thurston .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Jann Stefoff .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debi Weldon .... wardrobe mistress (as Deborah Weldon)
Editorial Department
Lori Kornspun .... first assistant editor
Mark Livolsi .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Adam J. Shully .... location manager
Music Department
Larry Hochman .... orchestrator
Norman Hollyn .... music editor
Patrick Mullins .... music editor
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Daniel Bernheim .... production associate
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen)
David Chilewich .... project consultant (as M. David Chilewich)
Susanna David .... script supervisor
Nick Dudman .... prosthetics and mannequin design
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Barbara Glazer .... production associate
Lori Greenberg .... production coordinator
Lacia Kornylo .... production auditor (as Lacia J. Kornylo)
John C. Kruize .... assistant accountant
Susan Lindell .... production assistant
Denise Lute .... double: Ms. Steenburgen
Veronica Miller .... assistant auditor
Veronica Miller .... first assistant accountant
Chip Phillips .... production associate
Geoffrey Smither .... production associate
Bill Snyder .... accountant
Douglas Till .... production assistant
Sabra Van Dolsen .... production associate
Deborah Zwicker .... production coordinator

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100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1988) (video rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:15 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #28398) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Malcolm McDowell]The celebrity whose photograph Dr. Lewis is "autographing" to add to his display. At the time of filming McDowell was married to star Mary Steenburgen.See more »
Gas Jock:Free with every ten-dollar purchase!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rear Window (1954)See more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Pennmanship, 5 April 2009
Author: cstotlar-1 from United States

In terms of camera work, lighting, pace and direction in general, this is a fine piece of film-making. Penn knows all the bells and whistles as usual and Mary Steenburgen is quite amazing in her roles. I'm put off as I am so often by the many critics who look to film for verisimilitude (the "if it couldn't or wouldn't ordinarily happen in real life" brigade) that sets us so far behind our European counterparts. The film has a remarkable sense of entrapment and claustrophobia in the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere. As far as whether the events really could happen like that, I suppose I was more interested in the style, craftsmanship and general concept than of probabilities or even possibilities. The camera work and rhythm at the end of the film are magnificent. As for the "damsel in distress" nonsense, how many thousands of movies fall into that genre anyway? Are they all uniformly bad because they use a successful formula? This is the kind of movie where it's fun to sit back and enjoy the fireworks without bothering about split infinitives and the like.

Curtis Stotlar

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