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Safe House (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 24 January 1999 (USA)
A psychological thriller. Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the on-set of Alzheimer's ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Steven Stahl

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Eric Steven Stahl (story), John Schalter (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Mace Sowell
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Andi Travers (as Kimberly Williams)
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Simon
Joy Kilpatrick Joy Kilpatrick ... Michelle Sowell-Ross
Craig Shoemaker ... Stuart Bittenbinder
James Harlow James Harlow ... Marc Ross
Richard Livingston ... Admiral Thomas Michelmore
Julia Vera ... Teresa
Brenda James ... Asthma Girl Interviewee (as Brenda Klemme)
Robert Lee Barry Robert Lee Barry ... Rocket Scientist Interviewee
Scott Zacky Scott Zacky ... Wise Guy Interviewee
Wayne Demaline Wayne Demaline ... 'Butch' The Redneck Interviewee
Hank Garrett ... Hitman / Postman
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Storyline

A psychological thriller. Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the on-set of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret information which implicates a Presidential front-runner, Mace struggles for his life while battling the debilitating effects of the disease.

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The less you know, the safer you are.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az otthon biztonsága See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mace Sowell (Sir Patrick Stewart) is putting the dummy back in the closet, he straightens his clothes. During the shooting of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Stewart did this so often, that it came to be called the "Picard Maneuver". See more »

Goofs

At the final shootout, the girl empties the magazine of her submachinegun pointed up into the ceiling, but the bullets fly around horizontally. See more »

Quotes

Andi: Here's the deal: no clothes, no mail.
Mace: No, here's the deal. I'll get my own mail, you go fuck yourself!
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Connections

References Three Days of the Condor (1975) See more »

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Fascinating premise and interesting movie
8 April 2006 | by TRoweTrainingSee all my reviews

The concept of making the audience wonder whether the hero is really being threatened or is the victim of delusions, has been used several times recently. I enjoyed this take on it better than most and I love Patrick Stewart in any role! I hadn't expected it to be so heart-wrenching at times, but it was. One scene, in which Mace (P.S.)is doing a cognitive test for his doctor, was particularly effective. As a result, this was not only a suspense movie it had some very realistic portrayals of the slow but steady mental decline of Alzheimer's victims--and how tragic that is, as they realize it is happening. I think I appreciated that accurate and informational aspect as much as I did the mystery of Mace's activities with his complex computer set-up. I watched this while walking on my treadmill and usually do a movie in two sessions. This one kept me going through the entire time.


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