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The House on Carroll Street (1988)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  4 March 1988 (USA)
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Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to ... See full summary »

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Emily
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Cochran
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Salwen
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Miss Venable
Jonathan Hogan ...
Alan
Remak Ramsay ...
Senator Byington
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Hackett (as Ken Welsh)
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Stefan (as Christopher Rhode)
Charles McCaughan ...
Salwen Aide 1
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Salwen Aide 2
Michael Flanagan ...
Senator
Paul Sparer ...
Randolph Slote
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Warren
Mary Diveny ...
Maid
Bill Moor ...
Teperson
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Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, the more so since one of those involved is her main senator prosecutor. Starting to look into things, she gradually enlists the help of FBI officer Cochran who was initially detailed to check her out. Just as well when things turn nasty. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Une femme en péril  »

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$459,824 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Robert Stanton. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Emily overhears The Women in the House character (who is off-screen) speaking to one of the Russians through an interpreter. The Woman is telling the Russian that they will leave for Chicago "tomorrow." The interpreter mistakenly says "tomorrow" in English and then corrects himself mid-word to the correct Russian word "zaftra." See more »

Quotes

Hackett: You call this spring? I'm freezing to death.
Cochran: Doesn't feel cold to me.
Hackett: That's because where you come from, twenty below's a heat wave.
Cochran: At least where I come from, the people aren't colder than the weather. It's a dry cold, not like here. Doesn't feel the same.
Hackett: Yeah, till your nose drops off. I'm putting on the heat.
Cochran: Don't look suspicious! A motor running but no move?
Hackett: What are they gonna do, call the cops?
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Crazy Credits

After the usual "all incidents are fictional" disclaimer, it states "In particular, the producers do not intend to imply that Life Magazine dismissed any of its employees for their political beliefs or activities." See more »

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Excerpts from 'A WOMAN CALLED FANCY'
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An unlikely couple thwarts a government attempt to import Nazis
4 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is best in the final sequence in Penn Station, but it still doesn't hold a candle to Hitchcock's comparable closings in high places. It's a modest and earnest movie, matched by the earnestness of its lead players.

It's not a bad movie. It is enjoyable. It's reasonably well done, even if it is not excellent. The disappointment lies in what it could have been if the script and direction had been more inventive. As it stands, there were simply not enough good taut sequences, and in what there were the direction was not tight enough or creative enough to create significant ongoing tension or mysteriousness to raise the movie to above-average heights.

The principal antagonist was unlikeable from the get-go, but that is not enough to make the portrayal memorable. His lines after awhile were repetitive. The heroes had pretty much fixed expressions. It seemed that the whole movie was toned down. The range of acting was kept limited and bounded. It was pretty much white bread but yet had elements and scenes that held their own even if not fulfilling the promise of more.

The recreation of the era was excellent. That, the good settings, and the driving curiosity of Ms. McGillis in the lead were what sustained the film and made it most worthwhile. The film did hold one's attention and draw one in.

It's a kind of throwback to spy movies of the 1940s, which means modern gimmicks and language are absent. It's a good matinée movie.


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