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The Bedroom Window (1987)

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Hanson

Writers:

Anne Holden (novel), Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Terry Lambert
Elizabeth McGovern ... Denise
Isabelle Huppert ... Sylvia Wentworth
Paul Shenar ... Collin Wentworth
Carl Lumbly ... Det. Quirke
Wallace Shawn ... Henderson's Attorney
Frederick Coffin ... Det. Jessup
Brad Greenquist ... Carl Henderson
Robert Schenkkan ... State Attorney Peters
Maury Chaykin ... Pool Player
Sara Carlson Sara Carlson ... Dancing Girl
Mark Margolis ... Man in Phone Booth
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Blowsy Neighbor
Penelope Allen ... Judge
Myvanwy Jenn Myvanwy Jenn ... Maid
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Storyline

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't want to expose their relationship and so is reluctant about talking to the police. Terry, wanting to help, gives the police the description of the attacker. He soon becomes the main suspect in the case. He then sets to find the real rapist/killer with some help from victim Denise. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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The Secret They Share Will Drive Them Apart See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falso testigo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,919,657, 18 January 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,640,385
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theater sequence was shot in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the then-new Roger L. Stevens Center for the Performing Arts, now owned by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The dance company is the North Carolina Dance Theater, now Charlotte Ballet. The audience was required to stay in their seats for many, many hours during the filming. See more »

Quotes

Terry Lambert: Tell me one thing. It was him, wasn't it? The redhead.
Sylvia Wentworth: Let go off me, please.
Terry Lambert: You were sure, weren't you? Right from the beginning. You were sure it was Henderson.
Sylvia Wentworth: Alright, I was sure. Of course I was sure. There's nothing wrong with my eyes.
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Connections

References Frenzy (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Thief
Performed by Ava Cherry
Written by Raun & Jon Butcher
Produced by Spencer Proffer for Pasha
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Published by The Grand Pasha Publisher
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Neat Hitchcock-type thriller with unconvincing twists...
17 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is the kind of thriller you'd expect Alfred Hitchcock to do with someone like James Stewart or Cary Grant as everyman.

Here we have STEVE GUTTENBERG as the man in big trouble after witnessing a murder from his lover's bedroom window. He's having an affair with the boss' wife and nobly tells her that he'll give details of the assailant (which she saw) to keep their affair hidden from her husband. So far, so good. The story is stylishly photographed with the appropriate menacing mood and atmosphere.

But he soon becomes the man suspected of the crime and it's from that point on that the plot contrivances become just a little too implausible, straining credibility until the very suspenseful ending. Too bad. Otherwise, it's a tricky piece of entertainment and well worth watching.

ISABELLE HUPPERT has a little trouble getting her lines across with her French accent being quite a handicap but she's beautiful to look at. ELIZABETH McGOVERN does a nice job as Guttenberg's partner in finding the real killer.

It moves quickly under writer/director CURTIS HANSON's direction. While many consider it "counterfeit Hitchcock", it's still worth a look.


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