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A Gun in the House (1981)

Emily Cates is left at home alone when a stranger breaks in and holds her hostage.

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Ivan Nagy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Struthers ... Emily Cates
David Ackroyd David Ackroyd ... Joe Cates
Dick Anthony Williams ... Det. Frank Campbell
Joel Bailey ... Matt Grine
Frank Koppala Frank Koppala ... Henry Galsworthy
Jeffrey Tambor ... Lance Kessler
Allan Rich ... Roy Grutman
Belita Moreno ... Marcie Clark
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Diana Cates (as Missy Francis)
Valorie Armstrong Valorie Armstrong ... Phyllis Thatcher
Max Showalter ... Peter Schechter
Gary Wood ... Tompall Shockley
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Paul Clark
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ... Hal
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Thelma Grine
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Emily Cates is left at home alone when a stranger breaks in and holds her hostage.

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Hell has no greater fury than a woman's revenge! [UK Video] See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

After Midnight See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"Death Wish" for the small screen--and without that crummy feeling of exploitation...
15 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

This telefilm pulls no punches and can be tough to watch, but the central performance, the handling and the plot (which doesn't feel mechanized) makes it worthwhile. Perky Sally Struthers is attacked by two masked thugs in her home, who degrade and humiliate her; she breaks free and grabs her gun, but is later dragged through legal mud before facing one of her attackers yet again. Struthers takes a 'typical housewife' character and makes her immediate and dear to us; she's such a natural that her ordeal here is quite gripping. We follow her through the messy circumstances--which blessedly steer clear of courtroom melodrama--and we are most definitely on her side. In a downsized (but certainly no less important) way, this drama could be the "Death Wish" of the small screen.


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