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Trapped (1973)

A man is accidentally locked in a department store overnight and finds himself held at bay by six vicious Doberman guard dogs.


Frank De Felitta (as Frank DeFelitta)


Frank De Felitta (as Frank DeFelitta)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
James Brolin ... Chuck Brenner
Susan Clark ... Elaine Moore
Earl Holliman ... David Moore
Robert Hooks ... Sergeant Connaught
Ivy Jones ... Connie Havemeyer
Bob Hastings ... The Bartender
Tammy Harrington Tammy Harrington ... Carrie
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ... Steward
Erica Hagen Erica Hagen ... Stewardess
Mary Margaret Robinson ... Waitress (as Mary Robinson)
Elliott Lindsey Elliott Lindsey ... Mr. Higgins


Shortly before closing time, Chuck Brenner is knocked down and robbed in a downtown department store. The security guards overlook the unconscious man and unleash the attack dogs for the night. Chuck is trapped and has to fight for his life. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's no way out ... no time left ... and the dogs are trained to kill! See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


G | See all certifications »

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Referenced in Chopping Mall (1986) See more »

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seek it out, or bring it out on DVD
10 February 2007 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

An early entry in the glory days of TV movies that stands well alongside other TV movies on the era. Well acted, very well edited and scored and most importantly written and directed by Frank De Felitta. It ages pretty well and of course has real dog attacks rather than CGI junk animals. For some reason this quality of TV production died out almost entirely in the 1980's when all the elements of craft that this film has vanished really until X Files and other shows brought back film type story telling to TV.

The story unfolds very well and is believable and involving, this should be on DVD and certainly is among the handful of memorable TV movies of any era, it's like a very good episode of the Hitchcock series or Thriller--the Boris Karloff series. Someone at Univeral get this out on DVD like it deserves. This movie will having you making sure you're home before any store closes. James Brolin sweats and suffers with the best of them.

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Release Date:

14 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doberman Patrol See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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