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Safe House (1998)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 24 January 1999 (USA)
A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mace Sowell
Andi Travers (as Kimberly Williams)
Dr. Simon
Joy Kilpatrick ...
Michelle Sowell-Ross
Stuart Bittenbinder
James Harlow ...
Marc Ross
Admiral Thomas Michelmore
Asthma Girl Interviewee (as Brenda Klemme)
Robert Lee Barry ...
Rocket Scientist Interviewee
Scott Zacky ...
Wise Guy Interviewee
Wayne Demaline ...
'Butch' The Redneck Interviewee
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A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret information which implicates a Presidential front-runner, Mace struggles for his life while battling the debilitating effects of the disease. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1999 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Hank Garrett, who plays the mailman whose pen runs out of ink, played essentially the same role in Three Days of the Condor (1975). See more »


When Stewart gets shot and falls back into the pool, the rectangular outline of the squib-pad is visible through his shirt. See more »


Andi: Here's the deal: no clothes, no mail.
Mace: No, here's the deal. I'll get my own mail, you go fuck yourself!
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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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Simply put, you will not see a better movie this year

What an incredible movie this is! Patrick Stewart masterfully portrays a rich man who is trying to come to grips with the threat of Alzheimer's, and is plagued with paranoia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is nothing like Stewart has ever done before, and he deserves an Oscar more than any of the nominees this year did. Kimberly Williams (the bride in Father of the Bride) plays a psychiatrist who is assigned by the man's daughter to help him keep hold of his sanity, and the movie (most of the time) is about their growing relationship, which thankfully stays out of tired old romantic cliches and feels very real and very interesting to watch. It will no doubt remind many of movies like Rain Man and Good Will Hunting, and it is just as good, if not better, than them. It manages to be funny, touching, powerful, and clever, all in about equal doses. And rather than just confine itself to this plot, it moves back and forth between his paranoia and flirting with the notion that it may not be completely unfounded. Yet despite this jumping back and forth, it never fails to be as entertaining and interesting as any movie you'll see this year. This is a wonderful, highly overlooked gem of a movie, and I suggest you give it a look if you get the chance.

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