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

R  |   |  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
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Mrs. Fielding
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Beth Hudler
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Bruce 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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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$7,787 (USA) (16 October 1998)

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$55,986 (USA) (13 November 1998)
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Life On the Bottom
by Bob Beland, Peter Curry
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14 July 2000 | by (St Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Loved it. Someone said the mark of a great mind is the capacity to hold two contradictory ideas in mind at the same time. It seems easiest for modern filmmakers to create a vision of humanity that is cynical/chilling or impossibly naive. I believe this film shares with Atom Egoyan's films, Milos Forman's late work, Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides and others, an essentially gentle but unclouded gentle view of humanity. From that, all things are possible: good satire, worthwhile commentary on the human condition, truly sexy scenes, all of which this film has. Consider the sex scene, once shocking, now a mainstay. When a film becomes trapped in either cynicism/dark brooding on one hand, or impossible romantic naivete on the other, it can no longer do anything but turn up the heat on accepted conventions. This film is not trapped in any such way. (See the scene in the kitchen when young Howard walks into the kitchen.)


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