The Alarmist

Synopsis: Young Tommy Hudler decides to become a security systems salesman, and is an instant success. Everything seems to be going great until he discovers there's more to this business and his boss Heinrich than he previously suspected.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Evan Dunsky
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
 
IMDB:
5.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
56%
R
Year:
1997
92 min
8 Views


Pay attention now, Thomas.

I want you to watch

and see how it's done.

- You ready?

- Yes, sir.

Sally, send in Miss Brown.

Yes, Mr. Grigoris.

- Mr. Grigoris?

- Please, Heinrich.

- Your secretary--

- Come in.

Can I get you a coffee

or perhaps a soda?

- Don't bother.

- No bother at all.

- I'm not thirsty.

- Of course. Mineral water?

Miss Brown, will you say hello

to Tommy Hudler, my trainee?

- Tommy, say hello to Miss Brown.

- Hello, Miss Brown.

Could he sit?

Do you mind?

- Thank you.

- Not at all.

Sally, hold all my calls.

Did I say something to amuse?

No, it's just

that my name is Sally too.

Really? Well--

May I call you Sally?

The thing is, you want

to live your life without all this...

terror.

It doesn't seem like

so precious much to ask for.

But that's exactly what it is:

precious life!

I'm sure your husband

would agree with me.

- If he were here today.

- I'm so sorry.

No, he's not dead.

He's just not here today.

- He's sick.

- I hope it's not serious.

I'm afraid it is.

I'm so sorry.

Yes?

The A.R.S.S. Nine--

a deluxe, armed-response, fully

self-actuating home security system..

I'm afraid that one's

beyond my means. The other one.

The S.S. Nine?

Yeah, also a good choice.

No armed response, but if you decide

later you want the upgrade...

it's an easy thing.

I'm still concerned

about the cost.

Of course you are. That's why

we offer the 48-month payment plan...

practically interest free.

We do want you

to have the system.

How much interest?

Four point two five.

- Three five.

- I can't do three five. I can do four.

For you,

I couId do three five.

- Okay.

- Done!

Sign here.

And basically,

that's all she wrote.

- You are wonderful.

- I know.

Thank you for participating in this

demonstration for young Thomas.

My pleasure.

Heinrich's blue ribbon, Tommy,

a master.

- Yeah, he's smooth.

- Like silk.

- I'll make calls, finish up some stuff.

- Thank you.

She is really good.

That woman is the heartbeat

of this operation.

So, what do you think?

I think I have a Iot to learn, sir.

You don't have to sell fear.

It sells itself.

Now the chances of you

or a member of your family...

being the victim

of a vioIent crime...

are better than one in four.

- One in four?

- Yeah, I'm afraid so.

Like that lady that got cut into little

pieces and mailed all over the pIace.

I read about that.

You know, it's one thing

if someone just breaks in...

and merely vandalizes or robs.

But it's another if you

or a member of your family...

are put into danger.

I'm sure your husband

would agree with me.

- He's dead.

- I hope it's not serious.

- I'm so very sorry.

- Don't worry about it.

You seem nervous.

Did you know that 60 percent

of all rapes...

are committed by burglars?

I have to admit

I feel terribly vulnerable here.

Sometimes-- It's silly.

Sometimes I feel

like I'm being watched.

- Like the night has eyes.

- Really?

Do you have any reason

to beIieve that--

It's just fear.

Groundless fear.

I understand...

and I'm happy to say you could protect

yourseIf with one of these systems.

The S.S. Nine

or the Deluxe A.R.S.S. Nine.

24 hours a day,

365 days a year.

They're the cutting edge

in home security.

Perhaps I should consider it.

- Hi, Mom.

- Howard.

This is Mr.--

Hudler.

You can call me Tom.

Hi, Tom.

Hi, Howard.

Do they call you Howie?

How about How?

It's like an lndian saying hi.

Yeah.

So, I'll be in my room

until dinner.

- He's gigantic.

- I know.

You seem so young

to have such a large son.

Thank you.

So, what do you think?

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Evan Dunsky

Evan Dunsky is an American television writer, producer and director. Evan Dunsky wrote and directed the 1997 feature film The Alarmist based on the play Life During Wartime by Keith Reddin. A writer/producer for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation since 2006, Dunsky co-created and wrote the original pilot episode of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie with Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius in 2008. Starring Edie Falco of The Sopranos, the half-hour drama about a "flawed" emergency room nurse in a New York City hospital premiered on Showtime in June 2009 and has recently finished its sixth season. Falco won the Emmy for her role on the show, and Dunsky was a recipient of the 2010 Humanitas Prize. more…

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