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Safe House

Patrick Stewart , Kimberly Williams , Eric Steven Stahl  |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick Stewart, Kimberly Williams, Hector Elizondo
  • Directors: Eric Steven Stahl
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YM0D3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

For former Department of Intelligence Agent Mace Sowell, his house is his fortress. High-tech security systems guard the property's perimeter, ready to detect unwanted intruders. Loaded firearms are stashed in every room. His family thinks he's crazy. For Mace, it keeps him alive. For years, Mace has been the keeper of a dark secret, one that could destroy the life of a certain up-and-coming presidential candidate. It's a secret that has already killed many, and Mace's name is next on the list. Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Insurrection) and Kimberly Williams (Father Of The Bride) star in an action-packed espionage thriller where the worst enemy of all is time.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranoia in the Hollywood Hills with Captain Picard February 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I pulled SAFE HOUSE, a made-for-cable thriller, off the video rack solely because it stars Patrick Stewart. I mean, how bad could it be? In reality, it was much, much better than expected.
Stewart plays Mace Sowell, a reclusive widower living in the Hollywood Hills inside a house packed with more security systems and personal weaponry - pistols hidden in every room - than were ever aboard the Starship Enterprise. Mace claims to be a retired deep-cover agent for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a fact that has put him in mortal danger for a reason he leaves unspecified. He's also obsessively disturbed by the political progress of a certain presidential candidate, who's apparently on his way to winning the Oval Office by a landslide. His fears are given little credence by his daughter, her husband, or the psychiatrist retained by the former to treat her Old Man's apparent delusions. The daughter has also just hired Andi, a perky young college graduate, to be Mace's live-in cook and housekeeper. Kimberly Wiliams plays Andi, short for Andrea, whose character displays a delicate beauty and charming appeal somewhat reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn.
It's been made perfectly clear to Andi that she's not Mace's employee to fire, so the cardinal delight of the film's first third is watching the curmudgeonly Sowell (with a capital "C") engage in a battle of wits with Andi for turf rights as she gamely carries out her assignment. Luckily, Andi is made of tough stuff. She cleanly fields the verbal and psychological abuse that Mace throws at her, and sometimes manages to give back as good as she gets.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is it a serious comedy or a comic action flick? December 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I recommend this movie for the craft that went into it. I also recommend it for the story and its unexpected sensitivity.
For the first half I thought it was very funny but took itsef too seriously. When Patrick Stewart, disguised (so as to be incognito while away from his home) as a construction worker, asked his shrink if he thought the shrink felt Stewart liked leaving his house dressed as one of the Village People, I thought I'd fall over laughing. Then it got quite serious and I started enjoying it on a totally different level.
Patrick Stewart claims, without any supporting evidence, to be a retired government spy who has fatal information regarding a current presidential hopeful. Fatal to Stewart and fatal to the candidate's future.
A housekeeper is hired by Stewart's daughter to avoid having him committed. After various humorous interviews, a sprightly young woman is hired and the war of nerves begins. The plot is complicated as Stewart realizes he is sucumbing to Alzheimer's. I particularly enjoyed where he tries to memorize the standard quizzes asked by shrinks so the level of disease advancement wouldn't be so apparent during his regular shrink visits.
The acting by all is superb. Stewart continues to show why he isn't a one-trick pony.
Yes there are a few unexplained occurrences but the movie is quirky enough to not be bothered by these little things. The ending is well done and one doesn't need those silly little text messages to explain what the director forgot to or how to put in the movie.
This is a fun movie, enjoy it!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Entertainment from Showtime. No, Seriously. January 16, 2004
Format:DVD
With the long-running James Bond franchise now disintegrating into simple body-counts-and-explosions action fare, it really is good to see a proper espionage thriller that was filmed in the same vein as the classic Sean Connery (or even early Roger Moore) Bond protrayals.
This one has a twist; our protagonist is British and equipped with charm by the truckload...but he's also quite possibly crazier than a ...rat.
The beauty of this movie is that from the very beginning you're aware that there is definitely SOMETHING going on...you're just not sure what. The plot moves on through the eyes of someone who might not necessarily be seeing reality as clearly as he should; is this man, merely eccentric? Is he completely insane? Or is he...well, who and what he says he is?
Patrick Stewart is just fantastic. He's definitely not one to spend his time traveling from one Star Trek convention to another now that his time serving the small screen franchise of Gene Roddenberry's "generational" vision is done. His propensity for bombast and overacting that he brought to "A Christmas Carol" isn't found here; he does a fantastic job relaying the problems experienced by a man for whom the borders or reality seem to be in various stages of dissipation. You don't know whether to laugh or cry at times.
And the supporting cast plays off of him brilliantly. It's obviously Stewart's show, but the interaction with characters whose attitudes range from enabling to pessimistic to completely disbelieving (and questionably sinister) makes for an intense viewing experience. How far will things go? How far will Stewart's character go? What is real and what is fabrication? It's a terrific ride, a truly engaging thriller that Cubby Broccoli (or Alfred Hitchcock) himself would have been proud to direct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This was weird. Is it a comedy or what ...
This was weird. Is it a comedy or what? There seem to be clear subliminal hints that it is not and winds up where, in retrospect, as hinted.
Published 10 days ago by John H. Danahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast serve, quality unbeatable.
Published 1 month ago by Jimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good movie
Was expecting something akin to "Panic Room", but this movie ended up being much more complex and interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Grade
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie
This is not a bad movie but than again i didn't think it was that great of a movie. The shipping was super slow and even to this day after i have received the movie in the mail the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hannah Robison
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Great Movie!
I think Patrick Stewart did his best ever acting in this movie. I'm normally not a big fan of his, but I loved his acting in this show. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathy Penfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B Movie
I really did enjoy Safe House! Patrick Stewart is a good actor, you should AT LEAST watch this movie once.
Published 6 months ago by Jared Crugnale
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Si-Fi..................
Not as good as I remember the first time we watched, but not bad either. I would rate just above average. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blue & Gray 29er
5.0 out of 5 stars LUV
I have tried for years to find this book. A few weeks ago while looking for another movie I thought I would see if amazon had this one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pas-indi
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique drama
The film has a very good premise and is written well. There are some logic flaws but all in all it is very watchable and enjoyable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mary Dash
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie wish you'ld make it Instant Video Available.
Patrick Stewart plays a great alzhiemers sufferer in this cult thrill classic. It is believable and original to watch begining to end.
Published 8 months ago by Joseph D. Oathout
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