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The Silent Alarm (1993)

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It looks like 1950s suburbia: kids at play outdoors, an ice cream truck, detached homes with liquor cabinets and Danish modern furniture. A boy watches a strange man get out of a ... See full summary »


Rob Morrow


Rob Morrow


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Credited cast:
Jesse Lee Soffer ... Boy
Scott Renderer Scott Renderer ... Man
Terry Walters ... Woman (as Terry Cain)
Claudia Silver Claudia Silver ... Aunt #1
Glen Roven Glen Roven ... Uncle
Charlotte Keatley Charlotte Keatley ... Aunt #2
Ethel Hazen Ethel Hazen ... Grandma
Mark Hammer Mark Hammer ... Grandpa
Bradley Whitford ... Referee Dad
Pete Farrell Pete Farrell ... Policeman #1
Ben Sears Ben Sears ... Boy with ice cream
Sean Creighton Sean Creighton ... Ice Cream Truck Driver
Katherine Wish Katherine Wish ... Tic Tac Toe Girl
Johnathan Sebastian Johnathan Sebastian ... Wrestling Opponent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jody Bradley ... Detective


It looks like 1950s suburbia: kids at play outdoors, an ice cream truck, detached homes with liquor cabinets and Danish modern furniture. A boy watches a strange man get out of a convertible and go into the boy's house to talk to his mom. The man is selling a home-alarm system, and that's not all mom is buying. She also buys his line, and soon he's moved in. But something isn't right, the lad's silent alarm keeps going off, even though the man treats the boy like a son, hosts barbeques for the neighbors, and brings a smile to mom's face. When the boy sees the man going through mom's jewelry, he knows he must do something. But what can he do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Music composed and performed by Multi-Grammy Award Wining Guitarist, Pat Metheny. See more »

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Excellent short
13 January 2001 | by SeanSSCSee all my reviews

Rob Morrow has created a very nice little film here. It's the story of a little fatherless boy who's mom takes an interest in the man who comes to install a burglar alarm.

We first see the boy hesitant and cautious about letting this strange man into his life, then he falls for him only to find out the man is not the loveable guy he appears to be. The story is told brilliantly with very few words, driven by great direction and Pat Metheny's great score.

It's a shame short films such as this don't get the chance to reach a broader audience.

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