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Lady in the Box (2001)

R | | Mystery | 11 May 2001 (USA)
An unsuspecting bartender believes he has been set up for the murder of his own girlfriend, in this film-noirish, Hitchcockian suspense thriller.


Christian Otjen (as Christian J. Otjen)


Christian Otjen (as Christian J. Otjen)

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Credited cast:
Darren E. Burrows ... Jerry Holway (as Darren Burrows)
Robert Knepper ... Chris Stark
Paige Rowland ... Jill Sweeney
Mark Sheppard ... Doug Sweeney
Robert Glen Keith ... Tipper Johnson
Apesanahkwat ... Felix
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Planut Alberti Brian Planut Alberti ... Parking Valet
Steve Blair Steve Blair ... Bar Patrons
Chris Topher Butler Chris Topher Butler ... Fisherman
Kristina Christensen Kristina Christensen ... Bar Patrons
Matt Cooper Matt Cooper ... Fish Gutters
Connie Dudek Connie Dudek ... Nurses
Captain Ed Captain Ed ... Fisherman
Daniel Finley Daniel Finley ... Officer Cooper
Michael J. Fratantuno Jr. Michael J. Fratantuno Jr. ... Paul


An unsuspecting bartender believes he has been set up for the murder of his own girlfriend, in this film-noirish, Hitchcockian suspense thriller.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An entertaining 2 hours
11 May 2001 | by CptPtniaSee all my reviews

Being from Milwaukee, I was interested in seeing this film. Since the bar that the main character works at in the film, "Barnacle Buds", is owned by a friend of mine, I was doubly curious, and rushed out on opening night to see it. I mean, how often are movies filmed in good old Milwaukee, WI. (And how often will I have a friend make a cameo? Hasn't happened since "Major League"!)

I had no idea what to expect. I really didn't even know what kind of a movie it is until I saw it. What I got was a wonderful little film noir, a whodunnit type murder mystery filled with little twists and turns, and just a few laughs. I was surprised how riveted I was in wondering, "how will they get through THIS situation?"

On the negative side, there were some very predictable moments, and the movie was obviously filmed on a low budget. When you see a police car appear while they have evidence in the car, of course they will be getting pulled over for something...but this does lead to the movies funniest moment, so it is forgivable.

I have given "Lady in the Box" 7 out of 10 stars....(I am a very tough with giving out my votes. 7 is considered in the "Very Good, but with some problems" range). Go see it, it is an entertaining 2 hours.

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