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Safe House
     

Safe House

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Director: Eric Steven Stahl, Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams, Hector Elizondo

Cast: Eric Steven Stahl, Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams, Hector Elizondo

 
Patrick Stewart plays Mace Sowell, a retired government operative who possesses damaging information about a presidential hopeful, and holes himself up inside his secure compound because he fears reprisal. In order to protect himself, Sowell has designed a system whereby the information will be released to the public if he is not there to type in a password at regular

Overview

Patrick Stewart plays Mace Sowell, a retired government operative who possesses damaging information about a presidential hopeful, and holes himself up inside his secure compound because he fears reprisal. In order to protect himself, Sowell has designed a system whereby the information will be released to the public if he is not there to type in a password at regular intervals. This he believes will keep him from being assassinated, but just in case, he stages elaborate self-defense drills with unwitting servants, and tries to convince his family that the explanation he gave them about his career was a cover story to hide his true military affiliations. The problem is, Sowell is also suffering the early stages of Alzheimer's, so his daughter (Joy Kilpatrick) considers his paranoid stories to be delusional ravings. She hires a psychiatrist (Kimberly Williams) to analyze her father and watch over him, in the hopes of easing his dementia. Sowell initially distrusts his new companion, but begins to lower his guard and care for her deeply. Meanwhile, his disease is advancing, and if he can't remember the password, his critical information will be released prematurely and he'll be hunted down by his enemies.

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All Movie Guide
Safe House is a thoughtful, if gradually paced, thriller that explores a fascinating issue: how the crisis of a degenerative brain disease becomes greater when it involves someone burdened with secret information. Not only might the information die, or at least lose its credibility once the affliction reaches a certain level, but the Alzheimer's patient will also lose the ability to defend himself against his enemies, especially when his loved ones don't believe they exist. The intelligent subject matter and an unrestrained performance from Patrick Stewart elevate Safe House above the usual straight-to-video fodder. Stewart's work adds dimension to an already thoughtful screenplay, and the details of his blockading his home against outsiders -- the behavior of either a deranged fool or a prudent planner, it's hard to say which -- make for funny material with built-in ambiguity. Even the viewer is not always sure what's real and what's only a manifestation of Mace Sowell's henpecked mind. His relationship with the young psychiatrist (Kimberly Williams) develops in a manner free from cliché. All of this makes Safe House a minor original worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
UPC:
0758445102024
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
15,536

Special Features

Cast and crew interviews; Spanish language; Web link; Interactive game; Filmographies; Motion menu; Scene access; Ultra stereo; Closed captioned

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Intruder Alert [:13]
2. Diagnosis [7:43]
3. Andi Moves In [13:28]
4. Security Check [12:58]
5. Detente [6:29]
6. "no More Drills!" [10:12]
7. Attack [11:00]
8. Disarmament [14:00]
9. Dead Man's Switch [10:50]
10. Final Preparation [8:27]

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Safe House 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Patrick Stewart does a good job in this role which is quite different from his role in Star Trek. Really suspenseful and keeps you guessing until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick Stewart stars as Mace Sowell, an ex-agent who's involvment in deadly ''Black Bag'' operations has now put his life at risk. He has turned his home into a safehouse, from which he dare not venture forth, lest he become executed to keep him from revealing the dirty secrets of a presidential wannabe. At the same time, Mace's own family has begun to doubt his sanity and is threatening to remove him from his home as Alzheimer's disease renders him less and less able to care for himself. Patrick Stewart gives an awesome performance as an intelligent man who prides himself on his mental and physical health, but who, while facing a threat to his life, is also facing the undeniable reality of physical and mental breakdown caused by Alzheimers'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patric Stewart has a bushel of great performances to his credit, but this one is probably my favorite. The story weaves a spiderweb of confusion and danger around the personality and past experiences of an aging agent from the world of shady operations. Is he crazy, or not? Is there a deadly threat from a rising-star politician with a shady past, or is it all in the confused mind of the aging father (Patrick, suspected by his family of loosing contact with reality), or is it both? A fast-paced trip into a common problem faced by all families. An excellent story performed by an outstanding cast. One of the excellent few that deserve a place in the home library.