The Alarmist


1h 33m 1997

Brief Synopsis

A whodunit about Tommy Hudler, a naive, all-American guy, who lands a job as a door-to-door salesman for a home security company owned by Heinrich Grigoris, a fast-talking charismatic con artist. Tommy is entranced by Heinrich's slick sales techniques and feel flattered when the boss insists that he

Film Details

Also Known As
Alarmist
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Palmdale, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

Synopsis

A whodunit about Tommy Hudler, a naive, all-American guy, who lands a job as a door-to-door salesman for a home security company owned by Heinrich Grigoris, a fast-talking charismatic con artist. Tommy is entranced by Heinrich's slick sales techniques and feel flattered when the boss insists that he is a natural. Heinrich and his faithful sidekick Sally are soon teaching Tommy the tricks of the trade: how to take advantage of the fear-and-spending habits of their gullible prey. Life is good for Tommy. Sales are soaring, passion is burning, and Heinrich has even put him on TV. But when Tommy hits a dry-spell in his sales, a more sinister side to his mentor emerges. Heinrich now lets Tommy in on the fact that he sometimes stages fake break-ins while their clients are at home--to justify their services and help boost sales--and then intimates that, on occasion, these break-ins take place when their clients aren't at home. When a sudden turn of events end in murder, Tommy suspects Heinrich.

Film Details

Also Known As
Alarmist
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Palmdale, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States October 16, 1998

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States Fall October 16, 1998

Released in United States February 1998

Released in United States January 1998

Released in United States June 1998

Released in United States October 23, 1998

Released in United States on Video February 2, 1999

Released in United States September 1997

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 11-22, 1998.

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 26 - November 15, 1998.

Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 2-7, 1998.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation) September 4-13, 1997.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has purchased all worldwide rights. The film will likely be released theatrically by a division of Sony Pictures.

Film distributed by Avalanche Releasing , which is a division of Lions Gate Films.

Began shooting March 16, 1997.

Completed shooting mid May 1997.

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 26 - November 15, 1998.)

Released in United States January 1998 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 15-25, 1998.)

Released in United States February 1998 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) February 11-22, 1998.)

Released in United States on Video February 2, 1999

Released in United States June 1998 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival June 2-7, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1997 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation) September 4-13, 1997.)

Limited Release in United States October 16, 1998

Released in United States Fall October 16, 1998

Released in United States October 23, 1998 (Los Angeles)