American Playhouse

Mrs. Cage (20 May 1992)

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A proper matron marches into a police station to announce that she has just shot a fellow shopper in a supermarket's parking lot.


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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Cage
Lieutenant Angel
Stanley Grover ...
Martin Cage
Stephen Hornyak ...
The Detective (as Steve Hornyak)
Amy Morton ...
Elizabeth Cage
The Thief
Phyllis Dean


Fifty-something Lillian Cage keeps house and meticulously irons her husband's shirts while humming the theme from "Rawhide" and enjoying a secret crush on the teenager who daily bags her groceries. When a robber shoots down the boy before her eyes, Mrs. Cage grabs the gun and turns it on the person she deems responsible, then carries the weapon to the police station in her straw hat to try to explain, in her own way, how it all happened. Written by Morganalee

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Comedy | Drama





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20 May 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lillian Cage: I confess to the murder of Phyllis Dean. I confess to the murder of Phyllis Dean! I grabbed the gun, I aimed it, I shot her through the head! I killed the woman, period. I didn't like her very much.
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Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
Published by Volta Music Corporation, Largo Music Inc. and Mrs. Ned Washington (ASCAP)
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Mrs. Cage: was a DVD or video ever made?
22 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Before finding this site, I have spent a great amount of time looking for a video or DVD of this movie. So many people have not even heard of it! I now feel extremely fortunate that I happened to turn on the TV many years ago and was able to see this remarkable film. I feel haunted by it still. I wonder how many references to the 'cage' I missed in the initial viewing. I also understand now that I have my own husband, family, and mortgage and a responsibility to duty that overrides anything I would like for my self, that the 'cage' is confining me. I have very few intellectual outlets and my family usually tries to thwart the ones I have. I too am finding a young man that I admire outside of my cage and know what it is like to dream of freedom.

I have a friend who teaches Grade 11 English in Alberta and she told me once she uses the film in class - no matter how many times I ask, she has never come up with a copy for me.

Was a video or DVD ever made of this Made for TV movie?

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