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The Alarmist (1997)

Life During Wartime (original title)
R | | Comedy | 16 October 1998 (USA)
Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss... See full summary »

Director:

Evan Dunsky

Writers:

Keith Reddin (play), Evan Dunsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Arquette ... Tommy Hudler
Stanley Tucci ... Heinrich Grigoris
Kate Capshaw ... Gale Ancona
Mary McCormack ... Sally
Ryan Reynolds ... Howard Ancona
Tricia Vessey ... April Brody
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Mrs. Fielding
Hoke Howell ... Mr. Fielding
Michael Learned ... Beth Hudler
Lewis Arquette ... Bruce Hudler
Richmond Arquette ... Andrew Hudler
Gabriel Dell Jr. Gabriel Dell Jr. ... Skippy Hudler
Valerie Long Valerie Long ... Doris
Kim Tobin Kim Tobin ... Bambi
Colin Campbell ... Waiter
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Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss Heinrich than he previously suspected. Written by Rob M. <rjtmel@hotmail.com>

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Don't be alarmed... they're professionals. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alarmist See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,787, 18 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,986, 15 November 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Disappointing and dull.
20 January 1999 | by thepetshopboySee all my reviews

I had looked forward to seeing this film after reading about it, especially given Stanley Tucci's involvement. The first half of the film is quirky and interesting in it's "Tin Men" like overview of the home security sales business. However, the second half of the film veers sharply into post-Tarantino plot devices, none of which are remotely interesting or innovative. By the end of the film (and it's pointless prologue), I was thoroughly bored and ready to leave. Tucci is OK as the slimy proprietor but Arquette's one-note performance grew tiresome. Kate Capshwaw, who looks absolutely gorgeous, is wasted but Ryan Reynolds is outstanding as her son. His scene with Arquette in which he described his attempt at lovemaking was worth the price of admission. In fact, I would have preferred to see a movie about his character rather than Arquette's.


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