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The Trigger Effect (1996)

A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal and what is questionable in order to survive in a predatory environment.

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Joe
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Raymond
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Steph
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Gary
Tori Kristiansen ...
Sarah
Tyra Kristiansen ...
Sarah
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Johnny
Edhem Barker ...
Trendy German Guy
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Tripping Guy
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Hand Holding Guy
Monica Torres ...
Hand Holding Girl
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Double Date Guy
Kerri Vickers ...
Double Date Girl
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How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. Matthew's long-time friend, Joe, happens by on the second day and a rivalry between the two friends simmers as Annie cares for her sick baby. When rumors of looting spread through the neighborhood, the two men buy a shotgun for protection but Annie throws it in the pool. Later, that same night, Joe hears a prowler downstairs and awakens Matthew. They chase the stranger from the house and out into the street where a neighbor shoots him to death. No longer safe in their own home, they decide to drive to Annie's parents some 500 miles away. Before they reach their destination, more trouble comes their way when they stop to siphon gas from an abandoned car and discover the driver in the back seat... Is this what is meant by "man's inhumanity to man?" Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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When Nothing Works, Anything Goes.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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30 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Stromausfall - Eine Stadt im Ausnahmezustand  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,887,791 (USA) (30 August 1996)

Gross:

$3,594,848 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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Another source of inspiration for this movie came from the first episode of the TV series, Connections (1978), hosted by a co-writer of this movie, James Burke. The episode is called Connections: The Trigger Effect (1978). See more »

Goofs

When Matthew walks from the hospital to the pharmacist to steal the prescription for the baby, the trolley camera and the guy pulling it are reflected in the shop window. See more »

Quotes

[Her husband and Joe are arguing.]
Annie: Boys, if you can't play nice, we're not gonna have any more of these little sleepovers.
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Danger Tension
Written by Ib Glindemann (uncredited)
From 1968 Version of "Night of the Living Dead"
Courtesy of Ole Georg / Euroscreen Music
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adding insult to injury
5 April 1999 | by (Halifax, Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

One of those movies that could have been good, if Alfred Hitchcock was still alive. Everybody was in a bad mood anyway if the opening scenes were anything to go by. The opening scenes were good, by the way, which was one reason I kept watching, but to no avail. I agree, it gets worse as it goes along, as if the writer had one good idea then didn't know where to go with it, so it didn't go anywhere. If you're about to rent this movie anyway, think about why you've never heard of it.


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