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While She Was Out (2008)

A young woman out late for Christmas Eve shopping is soon terrorized by a small gang of troublemakers, and she must fight for her life.

Director:

Susan Montford

Writers:

Edward Bryant (short story), Susan Montford

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Basinger ... Della
Lukas Haas ... Chuckie
Craig Sheffer ... Kenneth
Jamie Starr Jamie Starr ... Huey
Leonard Wu ... Vingh
Luis Chávez ... Tomas (as Luis Chavez)
Luke Gair Luke Gair ... Terry
Erika-Shaye Gair ... Tammi
Wayne Bernard Wayne Bernard ... Angry Driver
Ari Solomon ... Rent A Cop
Sadie Lawrence Sadie Lawrence ... Perfume Sales Lady
Alana Husband ... Lingerie Sales Assistant
Katie Messina ... Coffee Sales Person
Rachel Hayward ... Lynn
Lossen Chambers ... Pharmacy Sales Assistant
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Della Myers is an overwhelmed upper-middle-class housewife who lives in a large house in the suburbs with her twin children and her abusive husband, Kenneth. Kenneth lets Della know that he thinks she gives all her attention to the twins and neglects her house and her appearance. Late on Christmas Eve, Della drives to the local mall to buy gift-wrap. While searching for a parking space in the jam-packed lot, Della notices an old car taking up two spaces. Frustrated and annoyed, she decides to leave a paper message on the windshield of the old car, writing, "Hey, Jerk. Two parking spaces. How selfish can you be?" After the mall closes, Della's car is held by the driver of the old car and she is threatened by four punks -- Chuckie, Huey, Vingh, and Tomás. When the security guard of the mall attempts to protect Della, he is shot and killed by Chuckie. Della tries to escape from the criminals in her truck, but the gang chases her. In the chase, she crashes in a nearby forest. What unfolds... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edited and revised for clarity by JKS, United States

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Everyone has a breaking point. Tonight, she reaches hers See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada | Germany

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English | Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

26 March 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mientras estás fuera See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Version of this story was filmed as a segment of the anthology series The Hidden Room starring Stephanie Zimbalist as Della. See more »


Soundtracks

What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
Traditional tune, lyrics by William Chatterton Dix (uncredited)
Arranged by Eric Weber
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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What did you get me at the mall?
5 December 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

She may have an Oscar and a Golden Globe, but this film shows why she also is a perennial Razzie nominee. To do a film that is so bad must be an indication that she needs money. She could do ads on why you shouldn't talk on a cell phone while driving, especially at night on the way to a crowded mall.

Susan Montford should stick to producing (Shoot 'Em Up ) as she is not very good as a writer/director.

She is accosted by four thugs in the mall parking lot, and the first thing they do is tell her they have a gun. What does she do? She starts pushing and cursing them like she knows martial arts or something. She manages to get away, but gets lost in the forest after crashing. Why didn't she run to someones house? We get four thugs with guns chasing a lady with a toolbox. Of course, their guns are no match for her wrench. Ha! Of course, she also has a tire iron and a screwdriver. Those poor thugs.

Now, she's home for Christmas - and she brought a gun!


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