PANIC

Directed by Henry Bromwell. USA. 2000.


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Bitingly funny, disturbing and heart-breaking, PANIC is a “psychological thriller of the first order” about a devoted husband and father who leads a bizarre double life as a hitman. A notable success at the Sundance Film Festival, it is graced by a stunning cast headed by WILLIAM H. MACY (Fargo), DONALD SUTHERLAND (M*A*S*H), NEVE CAMPBELL (Scream), JOHN RITTER (Bad Santa), TRACEY ULLMAN (The Tracey Ullman Show) and BARBARA BAIN (Mission: Impossible).  

In PANIC, Macy gives a typically superb performance as the middle-aged and disillusioned Alex.  From boyhood, his gruff, bullying dad Michael (Sutherland) and chilly, authoritarian mother Deidre (Bain) have groomed Alex to carry on the family business as a professional killer.  But now the job and the double life are taking their toll on Alex and his devoted wife Martha (Ullman). So he goes into therapy with Dr Josh Parks (Ritter) - and in Parks’ waiting room encounters Sarah (Campbell). Alex becomes obsessed with this sexually adventurous young woman.  But as Michael discovers that Alex may have betrayed the family’s darkest secrets, both Sarah and Parks are in jeopardy as they pose a threat to Alex’s world of twisted family loyalties and carefully constructed deceit.

PANIC marks the assured big-screen writing/directing debut for the Emmy Award®-nominated HENRY BROMELL (Last Call).   A writer, director and producer of numerous top TV series, including Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, I’ll Fly Away, That’s Life and Northern Exposure, Bromell was awarded the Humanitas Prize for his work on I’ll Fly Away and shared a Peabody Award for Homicide: Life on the Street.

PANIC was nominated for the Grand Special Prize (Henry Bromell) at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival and the 2002 Saturn Award (Best DVD Release), Academy for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA.

Odyssey Video will release the DVD of Panic onto the UK market on 10th October 2005. 
RRP: £15.99 
 
 
 
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