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The House on Carroll Street (1987)

PG | | Thriller | 1987 (USA)
In 1950s America, an FBI agent and a blacklist victim uncover a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country.

Director:

Peter Yates
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly McGillis ... Emily
Jeff Daniels ... Cochran
Mandy Patinkin ... Salwen
Jessica Tandy ... Miss Venable
Jonathan Hogan Jonathan Hogan ... Alan
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Senator Byington
Kenneth Welsh ... Hackett (as Ken Welsh)
Christopher Buchholz ... Stefan (as Christopher Rhode)
Charles McCaughan ... Salwen Aide 1
Randle Mell ... Salwen Aide 2
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Senator
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Randolph Slote
Brian Davies ... Warren
Mary Diveny Mary Diveny ... Maid
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Teperson
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Storyline

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, the more so since one of those involved is her main senator prosecutor. Starting to look into things, she gradually enlists the help of FBI officer Cochran who was initially detailed to check her out. Just as well when things turn nasty. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Emily Crane overheard a secret. Now she's running for her life.

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House on Sullivan Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$459,824
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Robert Stanton. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, Emily overhears The Women in the House character (who is off-screen) speaking to one of the Russians through an interpreter. The Woman is telling the Russian that they will leave for Chicago "tomorrow." The interpreter mistakenly says "tomorrow" in English and then corrects himself mid-word to the correct Russian word "zaftra." See more »

Quotes

Hackett: You call this spring? I'm freezing to death.
Cochran: Doesn't feel cold to me.
Hackett: That's because where you come from, twenty below's a heat wave.
Cochran: At least where I come from, the people aren't colder than the weather. It's a dry cold, not like here. Doesn't feel the same.
Hackett: Yeah, till your nose drops off. I'm putting on the heat.
Cochran: Don't look suspicious! A motor running but no move?
Hackett: What are they gonna do, call the cops?
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Crazy Credits

After the usual "all incidents are fictional" disclaimer, it states "In particular, the producers do not intend to imply that Life Magazine dismissed any of its employees for their political beliefs or activities." See more »


Soundtracks

BECAUSE OF YOU
Written by Arthur Hammerstein (as A. Hammerstein) & Dudley Wilkinson (as D. Wilkinson)
Performed by Dan Kroll and The Ambassadors
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Government shenanigans
25 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Many of us are too young to remember the McCarthy era, but that doesn't mean we should not be aware of it because many of the actions occurring during that time have been going on the last seven years.

Kelly McGillis, who did a great job in Witness with Harrison Ford, is Emily, a woman caught up in the witch hunt that occurred during that era. Quite by accident, she stumbles on a plot by these same people in power to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country, using the names of dead Jews, if you can believe that.

Mandy Patinkin plays a great evildoer in the government, and he even looks like the former President that made his reputation during this time.

Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale , Good Night and Good Luck) is very good a a farm-boy turned FBI agent who falls for Emily and helps her uncover the plot.

In the absence of CGI and FX, it was great acting that really made this an enjoyable movie.


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