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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)  »

Also Known As:

Une femme en péril  »

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$459,824 (USA)
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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

[Cochran has taken a knee to the crotch during a fight]
Emily: Are you all right?
Cochran: [in pain] Yeah, I'm fine, I just like lying here.
Emily: Don't move!
Cochran: Right.
[Emily dashes into the bathroom to dampen a cloth; returning, she places it on his forehead]
Cochran: That's not where I need it.
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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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BECAUSE OF YOU
Written by Arthur Hammerstein (as A. HAMMERSTEIN) & Dudley Wilkinson (as D. WILKINSON)
Performed by DAN KROLL and THE AMBASSADORS
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The McCarthy Era with Style
6 August 1998 | by (Falls Church, Virginia USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully Hitchcockian, quite realistic, but also nostalgic return to the time when some people were looking for Communists under every bed, as well as in Hollywood and =Life= magazine. Kelly McGillis is terrific as the idealistic civil liberties type who discovers Nazis in the garden and her own personal SS man in a Senator's office. Mandy Patinkin is really convincing as the Senate staffer who hounds McGillis from her job. He even looks a little like a famous politician with the initials RMN. For a bang-up thriller without any shooting, car chases or explosions, this is one of the best videos around.


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