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The Attic (1980)

A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and ... See full summary »


George Edwards, Gary Graver (uncredited)


Tony Crechales (screenplay), George Edwards (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carrie Snodgress ... Louise Elmore
Ray Milland ... Wendell
Ruth Cox ... Emily Perkins
Rosemary Murphy ... Mrs. Perkins
Frances Bay ... Librarian
Fern Barry Fern Barry ... Mrs. Mooney
Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. Fowler
Dick Welsbacher ... Mr. Farley - the Missing Persons Agent
Joyce Cavarozzi Joyce Cavarozzi ... Secretary
Michael LeRoy Rhodes Michael LeRoy Rhodes ... Sailor (as Michael Rhodes)
Ron Luce Ron Luce ... Robert Orin Farnsworth
Phil Speary Phil Speary ... Mr. Lester - the Travel Agent
Patrick Brennan Patrick Brennan ... David Perkins
Mark Andrews Mark Andrews ... Marty - the Gardener
Terry Troutt Terry Troutt ... Donald


A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and finds joy only with her pet monkey. Her monkey disappears and a shocking past is revealed. Written by Bill Smith <bsmith30@ix.netcom.com>

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Louise's life downstairs is a living hell... and upstairs lurks a haunting nightmare! See more »


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Release Date:

October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El desván See more »

Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior sign for the Hotel Eaton (later renamed the Carey Hotel) in Wichita, Kansas, is seen. Coincidentally, an actress named Marjorie Eaton costars in the film. See more »


When Louise is hitting her father in the face with the chocolate cake, there is a mirror behind them. In the mirror you can clearly see the cameraman's legs - he's wearing white tube socks and dark shorts. See more »


Follows The Killing Kind (1973) See more »


The Ticket
Music by Hod David Schudson
Lyrics by Maggie Thompson
Performed by George Ball
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Pretty good story with dull pauses could use a re-make
29 January 2004 | by mamamiasweetpeachesSee all my reviews

Okay, the storyline here is pretty interesting. Louise is a lonley librarian who is developing a drinking habit which is about to get her fired. But if anyone has GOOD reason to be sneakin hooch its Louise. 19 years ago she was left at the altar by her true love who she's never heard from since (she calls Missing Persons on a regular basis and they are at a point where they dont think this man EVER existed anywhere but in Louise's mind!). She lives with her evil nasty belittling father who is in a wheelchair due to an accident he had trying to escape a building Louise set on fire during one of her "Crazys" episodes. Since then Louise has had to bathe him, feed him and wait on him hand and foot.As you can imagine its a real downer and Louise has even known to slit a wrist or two over it (which her father points out is just to get attention!) Louise makes freinds with a new younger girl at the library and they start a friendship that at least brings Louise a little bit of joy. Her father cant stand it. "Where were you?" he likes to yell when she comes home at night. (He listens to phone calls too.) From the point were Louise is gifted a monkey....yes, a monkey!.....the twists start hitting. Are they fast and furious? No, the movie moves slowly ...which is unfortunate because all-in-all it IS an interesting story with some cool plot twists. I really think this movie needs a re-make with quicker pacing and maybe a few more surprises thrown in. The first time I saw this movie I was a little kid who caught the last 20 minutes on TV and thought "Wow! What a mind-f***!". Renting it and watching it in full I now see that most of the action takes place in those last 20 minutes.

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