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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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Storyline

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 television 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 opens a cabinet in the kitchens (which is hung backwards - opening the wrong way for a corner cabinet), the top hinge breaks loose and the door almost comes completely off the cabinet. Later, Joe opens the same cabinet. The door does not fall loose from the top as it did for Matthew and he is seen tightening the lower hinge. See more »

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Joe: The Martians have landed. They want our women.
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Connections

References Clockers (1995) See more »

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Futureshock
Composed & Arranged by Greg De Belles (as Greg DeBelles)
Performed & Produced by Greg De Belles (as Greg DeBelles)
Courtesy of Klektik Music
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Stupid, stupid movie
9 April 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

wow. I have never been so bored with a movie. A movie like "The Trigger Effect" starts off with an interesting premise. Normally, you would expect it to build suspense. This does not occur. In fact, nothing about this movie is suspenseful. Really lame, contrived, and full of scenes that do nothing to enhance the plot, characters, or add anything to the movie.

2/10


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