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An affluent and unexceptional homemaker in the suburbs develops multiple chemical sensitivity.

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Carol White
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Greg White
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Mover
Julie Burgess ...
Aerobics Instructor
Ronnie Farer ...
Barbara
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Anita
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Linda
Martha Velez ...
Fulvia (as Martha Velez-Johnson)
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Rory
Saachiko ...
Dry Cleaners Manager
Tim Gardner ...
Department Store Dispatcher
Wendy Haynes ...
Waitress
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Client (as Alan Wasserman)
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Client's Wife (as Jean Pflieger)
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Dr. Hubbard
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Hairdresser
Brendan Dolan ...
Patrolman
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Psychiatrist
Dana Anderson ...
Lynn
Wendy Gayle ...
Baby Shower Mother
Cassy Friel ...
Baby Shower Child
Frank Dent ...
Video Narrator
Peter Crombie ...
Dr. Reynolds
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Sarah (as Sarah Davis)
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Becky - Auditorium Speaker
Jo Wilkinson ...
Listener No. 1
Gerrielani Miyazaki ...
Listener No. 2
Edith Meeks ...
Patient No. 1
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Patient No. 2 (as Francesca Roberts)
Elinor O. Caplan ...
Patient No. 3
Joe Comando ...
Exterminator
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Marilyn
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Peter Dunning
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Claire (as Kate McGregor Stewart)
Tricia Dong ...
Wrenwood Patient
James Lyons ...
Cab Driver
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Nell
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Susan
Eleanor Graham ...
Singer
Mitch Greenhill ...
Accompanist
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Chris (as James LeGros)
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Lester
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Joyce
Ravi Achar ...
Wrenwood Instructor
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Steve

Directed by

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Todd Haynes

Written by

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Todd Haynes ... (written by)

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John Hart ... executive producer
Ted Hope ... executive producer
Ernest Kerns ... associate producer
Lindsay Law ... executive producer
James Schamus ... executive producer
Christine Vachon ... producer
Lauren Zalaznick ... producer

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Ed Tomney

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Alex Nepomniaschy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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James Lyons

Editorial Department

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Fergus Grant ... apprentice editor
Niall Grant ... apprentice editor
Philip Harrison ... apprentice editor
Sakae Ishikawa ... first assistant editor
Brian A. Kates ... second assistant editor
Erik McLane ... apprentice editor (as Eric McLane)
Ray Morfino ... color timer
Mark V. Phillips ... assistant editor
Eileen Schreiber ... editing room assistant
Susan Strine ... editing room assistant
Julie Wilde ... apprentice editor (as Julie Stalker-Wilde)

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Jakki Fink

Production Design by

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David J. Bomba ... (as David Bomba)
Clare Scarpulla ... (uncredited)

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Anthony Stabley

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Mary E. Gullickson

Costume Design by

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Nancy Steiner

Makeup Department

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Deborah K. Larsen ... makeup department head
David Syner ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Elizabeth Cunningham ... unit production manager
Brian A. Kates ... post-production supervisor
Eva Kolodner ... post-production supervisor
Anthony Bregman ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Liz Gill ... first assistant director (as Elizabeth Gill)
Shawn Haynes ... second second assistant director
Francesca Iorillo ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Curtis Baruth ... construction coordinator
Chris Brewster ... lead man
Yvonne Jean ... set dresser
Melanie Jones ... on-set dresser (as Melanie Paizis)
John T. Melick ... leadman
Susan Mengal ... art department intern
Dan Poche ... lead man
Sally Reed ... prop assistant
Chris Slivar ... art department intern
Kathy Stewart ... property master
Adam W. Wolf ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Mark Beck ... sound effects editor
Missy Cohen ... dialogue editor
Neil Danziger ... sound mixer
Alan deGraaf ... re-recording mixer
John Dykstra ... foley engineer
John Elliot ... foley assistant
Daniel Falcone ... sound apprentice
John Gare ... re-recording mixer
Marlena Grzaslewicz ... dialogue editor
Elliot Jacobson ... sound mixer
Jonas Kuhnemann ... dialogue editor
Sid Lieberman ... foley artist
David Novack ... re-recording mixer
Tim O'Shea ... sound editor
Sally Rowe ... sound apprentice
Reilly Steele ... re-recording mixer
V. Renee Taylor ... first assistant sound editor
Brian Vancho ... foley artist

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Luca Carena ... second assistant camera
Hae-kyung Chung ... electric intern
Kiely Cronin ... second assistant camera
Egor Davidoff ... additional second assistant camera
Kirill Davidoff ... first assistant camera
Renan Galindo ... lighting technician
Taj Gombart ... second assistant camera
Ángel González ... third electrician
Dean Hayasaka ... gaffer
Dean Jackson ... dolly grip / key grip (as Dean T. Jackson)
Tony St. John ... camera operator
Gabor Szitanyi ... still photographer
Kristen Wheeler ... third grip
Kerrec 'K-Man' Williams ... best boy electric

Casting Department

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Andrea Curtis ... casting
Shawn Haynes ... extras casting
Stacey Winkler ... casting intern

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michelle Arthur ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Catherine Budh-raja ... location assistant
Jeffrey L. Davidson ... location manager

Music Department

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Carol Sue Baker ... music supervisor
Brendan Dolan ... composer: department store music
William Ewart ... executive soundtrack producer / music supervisor
Ed Tomney ... musician

Other crew

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Brent M. Becker ... production accountant
Alan Botvinick ... assistant production coordinator
V.S. Brodie ... technical production assistant
J. Robert Brown ... assistant production coordinator
Sheralyn Bundy-Morrow ... researcher
Rachel Cunningham ... production assistant
Reeve Howard ... technical production assistant
Linda Krantz ... key set production assistant
Pascal Launay ... press attache: France
Paige Litz ... production assistant
Marlene McCarty ... title designer
John Morrisseau ... key set production assistant
Sean O'Connell ... craft service (as Sean Paul O'Connell)
Alex Panagakis ... publicist
Lisa Riznikove ... production coordinator
Kat Slater ... assistant to director (as Christina Peters)
Barbara Tuss ... script supervisor
Kim Yu ... publicist: Canada
Victor Glynn ... studio executive (uncredited)
Guinevere Turner ... adr loop group (uncredited)

Thanks

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Joe Alfano ... thanks
Jeff Arnoni ... thanks (as Jeff Arnone)
David Azzoto ... thanks (as Dave Azzato)
Karim Aïnouz ... thanks (as Karim Ainouz)
M. Sean Bailey ... thanks
Michael Balais ... thanks
Jeremy Barnett ... thanks
Scott Bauman ... thanks
Steven J. Brandman ... thanks (as Steve Brandman)
Barbara Bubla ... thanks
Linda Cassidy ... thanks
Melanie Chapman ... thanks
Terry Chin ... thanks
Ann Christensen ... thanks
Adam Chuck ... thanks
Jim Coen ... thanks
Lisa Cohen ... thanks
Richard Croul ... thanks
Phil Diaz ... thanks
Brendan Dolan ... thanks
Phelim Dolan ... thanks
Allen Edwards ... thanks
Peter Friedman ... thanks
Joyce George ... thanks
Eloisa Godoy ... thanks
Kathy Goldberg ... special thanks
Nicki Goldstein ... special thanks
Jorge Gonzales ... thanks
J. Scott Grant ... special thanks
Tjmder Grewal ... special thanks
Bob Hadler ... special thanks
Benjamin Harris ... thanks (as Benji Harris)
Melody Hinkell ... special thanks
Neil Hobbs ... special thanks
Dawn Hudson ... special thanks
Sally Iorillo ... special thanks
Sakae Ishikawa ... special thanks
Eliana Jantz ... special thanks
Chuck Jones ... special thanks
Tom Kalin ... special thanks
Derrick Kardos ... special thanks
Lynda Klein ... special thanks
Karl Kresser ... special thanks (as Carl Kresser)
Bob Lee ... special thanks
Dylan Leiner ... special thanks
Bill Lennert ... special thanks
Patrick Lyons ... special thanks
Dane Marble ... special thanks
Lily Marnell ... special thanks
Jan Mason ... thanks
Ray Mason ... thanks
Byrd McDonald ... special thanks
Camdon Morse ... special thanks
Dave Niles ... special thanks
Susan Norman ... special thanks
Michael Nusinow ... special thanks
Dean O'Brien ... special thanks
Jerry Ott ... special thanks
Craig Paull ... special thanks
Paulo Pausic ... special thanks
Kevin Pensanti ... special thanks
Michelle Peters ... special thanks
Steven Peters ... special thanks
Sharon Pillon ... special thanks
Tom Porcaro ... special thanks
Marten Rabarts ... special thanks
Dean Ramser ... special thanks
Jacob Ribicoff ... special thanks
George Ricci ... special thanks
Ann Ruark ... special thanks
Gerry Sanseviero ... thanks (as Geraldine Sivero)
Gladys Saunders ... thanks
Julian Saunders ... thanks
Cynthia Schneider ... special thanks
Mort Schrag ... thanks
Gerges Scott ... thanks
Hillary Selvin ... thanks
Mark Shoatz ... thanks
Mary Jane Skalski ... thanks
Mike Stevens ... thanks
Craig Stevenson ... thanks
David Suber ... thanks
Daniel Sudit ... thanks
Guinevere Turner ... thanks
Mark Van Horne ... thanks
Filberto Vasquez ... thanks
Alex Wengert ... thanks
Patricia White ... thanks
Teresa Wilson ... thanks
Stacey Winkler ... thanks
Bill Winters ... thanks
Mark Young ... thanks
Rhonda Zwillinger ... thanks

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Plot Summary

"Safe" has been described as a horror movie of the soul, a description that director Todd Haynes relishes. California housewife Carol White seems to have it all in life: a wealthy husband, a beautiful house, servants, beauty, and a lot of friends. The only thing she lacks is a strong personality: Carol seems timid and empty during all of her interactions with the world around her. At the beginning of the film, one would consider her to be more safe in life than just about anyone. That doesn't turn out to be the case. Starting with headaches and leading to a grandmal seizure, Carol becomes more and more sick, claiming that she's become sensitive to the common toxins in today's world: exhaust, fumes, aerosol spray, etc. She pulls back from the sexual advances of her husband and spends her nights alone by the TV or wandering around the outside of her well-protected home like an animal in a cage. Her physician examines her and can find nothing wrong. An allergist finds that she has an allergic reaction to milk but explains that there is no treatment for that sort of allergy. She sees a psychiatrist who does nothing but make her nervous. In the hospital, Carol sees an infomercial for Wrenwood, a new-age retreat for those who are "environmentally ill," and leaves her husband and stepson to try and find salvation at this retreat: headed by a phony, grandstanding, "sensitive" individual named Peter Dunning. Written by David Eschatfische

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Taglines In the 21st century nobody will be...Safe. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Chemical Syndrome (Japan, English title)
  • Schronienie (Poland)
  • Спасение (Russia)
  • Elkülönítve (Hungary)
  • Güvenli (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Filming occurred right after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake which heavily damaged large parts of Los Angeles. The threat of aftershocks and damage to filming locations (such as the community center used for the Wrenwood scenes) kept the production team jittery. See more »
Goofs Although this film was explicitly set in 1987, while Carol is driving on the highway, she passes a burgundy 1992 Cadillac de Ville. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Batman Forever/The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love/Smoke/Safe (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Lucky Star See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Carol White: I love you. I love you. I really love you. I love you.
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