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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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Gale Ancona
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Sally
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April Brody
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Mrs. Fielding
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Beth Hudler
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Andrew Hudler
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Skippy Hudler
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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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Don't be alarmed... they're professionals. See more »

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

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$55,986 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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A Comedy That Takes A Strange Turn
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was surprising, maybe I didn't expect much: just the usual somewhat stupid and sleazy comedy of today. Instead it was one of those films that IS a comedy for the most part, but in the last segment turns dramatic.

The comedy in here is more subtle than normal and David Arquette does a nice job with, especially in one scene that is not-so-subtle. Just his stupid grin throughout the film was worth a few laughs. Stanley Tucci, meanwhile, is very convincing as as less-than-ethical salesman. Kate Capshaw makes the female lead role an attractive one.

Without giving anything away, suffice to say this film is a bit different, not what you might think, and worth a look. I can say one thing for sure: it is no award-winner but it's better than most of these reviews would have you believe.


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