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The House on Carroll Street (1988)

PG | | Thriller | 4 March 1988 (USA)
In 1950s America, an FBI agent and a blacklist victim uncover a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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Emily Crane overheard a secret. Now she's running for her life.

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Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une femme en péril  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$459,824 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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

Emily: We're oil and water, Cochran.
Cochran: Not last night we weren't.
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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
By Frank Yerby
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An overlooked Hitchcock-style gem
7 May 2013 | by (Ontario) – See all my reviews

Although the film's story-line is fiction, the facts of this low-key thriller are based on truth and provide a 'what if' scenario that keeps the viewer engaged. The director, Peter Yates, captured a style of filming and cinematography that makes it feel almost like an undiscovered Hitchcock film. Kelly McGillis is believable, although perhaps not quite the typical Hitchcock blonde, and Jeff Daniels may sound a bit too modern in some of his speech inflections, but Everything else about this film reeked of authenticity, from the genuine feel of the sets and authentic but real clothing, to the dialogue. I don't know why this film rated only a middlin score with viewers - perhaps they were expecting more of an action thriller,rather than the political intrigue style of thriller that it is.


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