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The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Two adults and a juvenile break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children. There, they must fight for their lives.

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Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Quintin Adams ... Fool (as Brandon Adams)
Everett McGill ... Man
Wendy Robie ... Woman
A.J. Langer ... Alice
Ving Rhames ... Leroy
Sean Whalen ... Roach
Bill Cobbs ... Grandpa Booker
Kelly Jo Minter ... Ruby Williams
Jeremy Roberts ... Spenser
Conni Marie Brazelton ... Mary
Josh Coxx ... Young Cop (as Joshua Cox)
John Hostetter ... Veteran Cop
John Mahon ... Police Sergeant
Teresa Velarde Teresa Velarde ... Social Worker
George R. Parker George R. Parker ... Attic Cop
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Storyline

The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday. In an attempted burglary (along with two others) of the home of his family's evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of the "children" that the insane brother and sister have been "rearing" under the stairs. Written by chinagirl

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In every neighbourhood there is one house that adults whisper about and children cross the street to avoid. Now Wes Craven, creator of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" takes you inside... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,522,250, 3 November 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,204,154
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Alice was a 12 year old girl, actress A.J. Langer was almost 17 when she played the character in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Alice is in the scalding hot bath tub, the steam is clearly coming from beneath/around the tub. See more »

Quotes

Man: Kiss your ass goodbye, boy!
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Connections

Spoofs The Immortalizer (1989) See more »

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LULLABY FOR A LITTLE TREE
Courtesy of Southern Music Publishing Co., Inc.
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Wes Craven is the man
3 September 2000 | by dx4lifexpacSee all my reviews

The People Under The Stairs is another Wes Craven movie that does not get the respect it deserves. it's a very strange movie and thats what i liked about it. it was pretty suspenseful but not really scary. Wes Craven made his first film in 1972 and he finally got his respect in 1996 with Scream, the only movie prior to Scream where Wes Craven gets his respect is Nightmare On Elm street but he has made many great films i give The People Under The Stairs 8/10


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