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The Glow (2002)

A newly-wed NYC couple move into a low-rent luxury apartment only to be harassed by cryptic elderly neighbors. Matt (Dean Cain) and Jackie (Portia de Rossi) are living in NYC, brimming with... See full summary »


Craig R. Baxley


Brooks Stanwood (book), Gary Sherman (teleplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Portia de Rossi ... Jackie Lawrence
Hal Linden ... Arnold Janusz
Dina Merrill ... Phoebe Janusz
Joseph Campanella ... Ben Goodstein
Grace Zabriskie ... Sylvia Goodstein
John Gilbert John Gilbert ... Victor
Corrine Connely Corrine Connely ... Miriam
Ian Downie Ian Downie ... Buddy
Sabrina Grdevich ... Trish
Jason Blicker ... Allan
Kari Matchett ... Allison
Dean Cain ... Matt Lawrence
Jonas Chernick ... Randy
Phoenix Gonzales ... Kim Barnett (as Phoenix Gonzalez)
Nelson Tynes ... David Barnett


A newly-wed NYC couple move into a low-rent luxury apartment only to be harassed by cryptic elderly neighbors. Matt (Dean Cain) and Jackie (Portia de Rossi) are living in NYC, brimming with that certain "glow" all newly-weds possess. They are in love despite failed attempts at pregnancy and a tight budget. One day, Matt meets a group of health-obsessed elderly people in the park. They seem kind, and offer Matt and Jackie a beautiful low-rent apartment in their building. How can the couple resist a luxury apartment with a state-of-the-art gym, cheap rent, and friendly neighbors? Jackie believes it all too good to be true when she notices a young couple in their building disappears, and elderly neighbors are watching her every move... Written by merryweather

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In this neighborhood you don't grow old


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Surprisingly entertaining
30 August 2002 | by NonnaYobidnessSee all my reviews

Usually these TV movies are pretty lame. I was surprised to find myself thoroughly interested in this one from the first scene. The first hour is quite good, filled with spooky innuendo and little clues as to what these kindly old folks are really up to. You know there's something not quite right about them, but what is it?

After the first hour, the story drags a little bit because they just keep heaping more and more of the same clues on the watcher, but it never gets bad enough to ruin the movie. The final twenty minutes or so has one or two cliched camera tricks and plot devices but that can be excused in a made-for-TV movie.

There are no really big surprises in this movie. The viewer has a fair idea of what's really going down pretty early in the movie, but it's fun to watch it all unfold. The cast (especially the old folks) do a great job with their roles and it's interesting to see Hal Linden playing such a two-faced shady character.

All in all, I give this movie a 7/10. The first hour is the best part because of the creepy atmosphere but it's worth watching to the end if you don't want to watch another lame game show or Friends re-run.

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Release Date:

30 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esencia vital See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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$5,250,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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