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House Arrest (1996)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  14 August 1996 (USA)
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A group of children, desperate to keep their various parents from getting divorces, kidnap them and hold them prisoner in a basement in order to force them to reconcile.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gregory Alan 'Grover' Beindorf
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T.J. Krupp (as Russel Harper)
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Janet Beindorf
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Ned Beindorf
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Stacy Beindorf
Mooky Arizona ...
Matt Finley
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Louise Finley
Alex Seitz ...
Jimmy Finley
Josh Wolford ...
Teddy Finley
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Victor 'Vic' Finley
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Brooke Figler
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Cafeteria Cashier
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Chief Rocco
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Donald Krupp
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Storyline

High-schooler Grover Beindorf and his younger sister Stacy decide that their parents, Janet and Ned, are acting childishly when they decide to divorce after 18 years of marriage, so they lock them up in the basement until they'll sort out their problems. Their schoolfriends also decide to do the same with their parents to solve their respective problems. Written by Anonymous

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There's More Than One Way To Keep A Marriage Together... See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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14 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Areszt domowy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,121,824 (USA) (16 August 1996)

Gross:

$6,970,578 (USA) (18 October 1996)
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T.J.'s van is a customized '70s Dodge Tradesman. See more »

Goofs

The string pulling the chair away from the door can be clearly seen, as Mr. Beindorf is trying to break down the basement door. See more »

Quotes

Janet Beindorf: [hears pounding up above] What's he doing now?
Ned Beindorf: I don't know. Grover, what're you doing?
Grover: I'm nailing the door shut.
Ned Beindorf: He's nailing the door shut. If you...
Janet BeindorfNed Beindorf: WHAT?
Grover: You guys are going to stay down there a while.
Janet Beindorf: [runs up to the basement door] He's really doing it, he's nailing it shut!
Ned Beindorf: Grover, stop it right now! What you're doing is very bad for the wood!
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, we are shown the various family members in Hawaii hula-dancing, often in native garb or something close to it, singly and in various combinations. The footage ends with Chief Rocco (Ray Walston) stumbling out of some bushes with a set of night-vision goggles with which he tries to observe the rest of the cast (in full daylight). See more »

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It's Not Unusual
Written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills
Performed by Tom Jones
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good actors make it worthwhile
25 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

After learning that his parents are getting separated, a sensitive, idealistic teenage boy is so shocked and distraught that he recruits his younger sister to help lock them in the basement in the desperate hope that they'll actually talk out their problems and come to a rational solution. It starts out as a good idea, until his friends bring over their parents and lock them into the basement as well. Film's premise is far-fetched and protracted, to be sure, but it benefits from a talented cast (especially Howard), believable characters, and a good sense of family values. Not easy to take seriously, but meaningful and not bad for what it is. **½


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