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The Alarmist (1997)
"Life During Wartime" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  16 October 1998 (USA)
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Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss... See full summary »

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Tommy Hudler
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Heinrich Grigoris
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Gale Ancona
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Sally
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April Brody
Ruth Miller ...
Mrs. Fielding
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Mr. Fielding
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Beth Hudler
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Bruce Hudler
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Andrew Hudler
Gabriel Dell Jr. ...
Skippy Hudler
Valerie Long ...
Doris
Kim Tobin ...
Bambi
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Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss Heinrich than he previously suspected. Written by Rob M. <rjtmel@hotmail.com>

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$7,787 (USA) (16 October 1998)

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$55,986 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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Did Stanley Tucci need the money?
2 February 1999 | by (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

I was at this film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997. After the screening, when the writer/director and some cast members offered to answer questions, no one could even be bothered to ask any. Rarely has a film been so poorly directed (why on earth were random frames snipped out of some scenes?), wretchedly acted (David Arquette, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker, does not run the emotional gamut from A to B. He parks at A and brings a lunch) and utterly pointless. Characters behave completely out of character for no reason except to force the plot to move in certain directions. At long last, the film comes to a completely random and pointless end that's supposed to "really make you think." Unfortunately, what it makes you think is, "Well, there's 90 minutes of my life I'm never getting back."


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