6.2/10
1,708
24 user 17 critic

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

PG | | Drama, Thriller | 4 March 1988 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Suspect (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson
Winter People (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young widower moves with his daughter into a North Carolina mountain town in 1934. He quickly takes up with a young woman with an illegitimate baby. First he must prove himself to her ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly McGillis, Lloyd Bridges
Eleni (1985)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Paul Douglas, Richard Basehart, Barbara Bel Geddes
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The very eccentric Groomkirby family, in between inventing odd devices, decide to reenact a murder and trial in their living room.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Eric Sykes, George Cole, Julia Foster
Lawman (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A lawman from Bannock arrives in Sabbath to arrest all the cattlemen whose wild celebration the year before resulted in the accidental death of an old man.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a small village on the border of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland, the relationship between a short tempered policeman and his rebellious son becomes even more strenuous when the young man falls for a "wrong" girl.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Albert Finney, Matt Keeslar, Victoria Smurfit
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Daly, Louis Jourdan
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jimmie Rainwood was minding his own business when two corrupt police officers (getting an address wrong) burst into his house, expecting to find a major drug dealer. Rainwood is shot, and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Tom Selleck, F. Murray Abraham, Laila Robins
Ha-Holmim (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are... See full summary »

Director: Uri Barbash
Stars: Kelly McGillis, John Shea, Arnon Zadok
Betrayed (1988)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In a small village in Latin America, Santiago Nasar is killed in the morning, which surprises nobody. The Vicario brothers were openly declaring they would kill him to regain the lost honor... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Rupert Everett, Ornella Muti, Gian Maria Volontè
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Emily
...
Cochran
...
Salwen
...
Miss Venable
Jonathan Hogan ...
Alan
Remak Ramsay ...
Senator Byington
...
Hackett (as Ken Welsh)
...
Stefan (as Christopher Rhode)
Charles McCaughan ...
Salwen Aide 1
...
Salwen Aide 2
Michael Flanagan ...
Senator
Paul Sparer ...
Randolph Slote
...
Warren
Mary Diveny ...
Maid
Bill Moor ...
Teperson
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une femme en péril  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$459,824 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

[last lines]
Cochran: Miss Crane? I'd still like to talk to you.
Emily: I have nothing to say.
See more »

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 »

Soundtracks

Excerpts from 'A WOMAN CALLED FANCY'
By Frank Yerby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"A rock through a window should do the trick"
25 April 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

Much has been made of films which use past decades to set their stories in, but much less praise has been directed at those which emulate the style originally employed in that period. There has, of course, been many failures to replicate the successful Alfred Hitchcock formula. "The House on Carroll Street" is not one of those. It falls into neither common failing of such films - there is no attempt to graft an anachronistic approach to an older style, nor to bring that older style into a modern decade. This film understands that such a style cannot be separated from the emotions and perceptions of the time.

Peter Yates, a director who generally creates for the present time, does an unexpectedly excellent job at recreating this lost world. He uses cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (who went on to photograph "Quiz Show", another 1950s recreation) to wonderful effect, letting him capture his scenes in a manner that never once strays from the older approach. Yates shows us how thrilling the suspense and big set-pieces can be when not buried in special effects and quick cuts. Yates proves why he's one of the great overlooked talents.

Jeff Daniels and Kelly McGillis have very much that 'star chemistry' valued for this sort of picture. McGillis, especially, brings a lightness and intensity most modern actresses could only pretend at. Patinkin is appropriately menacing. Jessica Tandy was my favorite performance, a tiny role nonetheless brightened by the nuances she brings to it. Christopher Buchholz provides an engaging, fearful, yet somehow innocent performance to the character of Stefan.

Imagining that "The House on Carroll Street" were somehow released during the era in which it is set, I have little doubt it would be considered one of the great classics. Films such as "North By Northwest" have all the same limitations and plot implausibilities, yet are no more or less thrilling than this one. I see nothing of lower quality to be found here, only a picture made in a period where it couldn't be recognized. If you love the classic thrillers, you should certainly love this one as well.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
if this were made in the 1950s BERSERKERpoetry
Why do this remind me of another movie kstallings100
Based on the Truth swojtak
the ending Lizarita
Surprisingly good jonjax71
similar films in the Hitchcock style? marty-130-840283
Discuss The House on Carroll Street (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?