A Gun in the House

A Gun in the House


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A Gun in the House

When Stockard Channing agreed to co-produce the made-for-TV Gun in the House, she fully intended to play the leading role of Emily Cates herself. But schedule conflicts intervened, and Channing was forced to relinquish the role to Sally Struthers, who was quite good. Attacked in her home by two male assailants, Emily Cates grabs a handgun and shoots and kills one of the intruders. Alas, the police find no evidence that Emily was in fact attacked--nor do they discern any need for excessive force. As a result, Emily is arrested like a common criminal and charged with murder--targeted as an "example" to other would-be gun owners by politically ambitious DA Lance Kessler (Jeffrey Tambor). The Stephen Zito-James M. Miller teleplay takes an inordinately melodramatic approach to the film's provocative subject matter, offering cut-and-dried hero and villain types and occasionally illogical plot twists. Still, Gun in the House has remained food for thought ever since its February 11, 1981 debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
UPC: 0018619198186
Original Release: 1981
Rating: NR
Source: Mvd (Generic)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Ackroyd Actor
Joel Bailey Actor
Millie Perkins Actor
Allan Rich Actor
Sally Struthers Actor
Jeffrey Tambor Actor
Dick Anthony Williams Actor
Matthew Faison Actor
Jenny Gago Actor
Julianna McCarthy Actor

Technical Credits
Ivan Nagy Director
Stockard Channing Producer
Dennis Dalzell Cinematographer
David Debin Producer
Jimmie Haskell Score Composer
Peter Locke Producer
Jerrold L. Ludwig Editor
James M. Miller Screenwriter
Herman Zimmerman Art Director
Stephen Zito Screenwriter

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