Fear (1988)

R | 93 mins | Drama | 4 November 1988

Director:

Robert A. Ferretti

Producer:

Lisa M. Hansen

Cinematographer:

Dana Christiaansen

Editor:

Michael Eliot

Production Designer:

Fernando Altschul

Production Company:

C. F. Productions
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HISTORY

Referring to the picture as Honor Betrayed, a 10 Dec 1986 Var article announced the forthcoming feature as one of Cinetel Films 1987 releases. A Feb 1987 start date was anticipated, and the budget was listed as $4 million.
       Principal photography began more than a year later, however, on 20 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 16 Feb 1988 HR production chart, which reported the title change to Flashback. The picture marked director Robert A. Ferretti’s first theatrically-released feature film.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: Michael McLean, Louis Mawcinitt, Albert Coleman, Sal ... More Less

Referring to the picture as Honor Betrayed, a 10 Dec 1986 Var article announced the forthcoming feature as one of Cinetel Films 1987 releases. A Feb 1987 start date was anticipated, and the budget was listed as $4 million.
       Principal photography began more than a year later, however, on 20 Jan 1988 in Los Angeles, CA, according to the 16 Feb 1988 HR production chart, which reported the title change to Flashback. The picture marked director Robert A. Ferretti’s first theatrically-released feature film.
       The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: Michael McLean, Louis Mawcinitt, Albert Coleman, Sal Perez.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1988
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Los Angeles Times
7 Nov 1988
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Variety
10 Dec 1986
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Variety
9 Nov 1988
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Cinetel Films, Inc. Presents
A Robert A. Ferretti Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
Key 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit dir of photog
2d unit asst cam
2d unit asst cam
2d unit asst cam
Underwater key grip
Steady cam op
B cam op
B cam op
Still photog
Cam equip by
Grip & lighting equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Storyboard artist
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Key set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst prop
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward asst
MUSIC
Addl mus by
Mus rec at
SOUND
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR mixer
Dial ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec at
Re-rec mixer
A. D. R. and foley rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Key makeup & hair
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Spec eff makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Tech consultant
Prod coord
Prod secy
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Scr supv
Creative consultant
Legal counsel
Legal counsel
Prod auditor
Asst prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Asst to dir
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver/Mechanic
Honey wagon driver
Animal trainer
Animal trainer
Assoc casting dir
Extra casting
Extra casting
Publicity/Promotions
Publicity/Promotions
Craft services
Craft services
Catering by
Set security
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt double
Stunt double
Stunt double
COLOR PERSONNEL
Lab processing by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Loving With A Credit Card," words & music by Blake Schaefer
"(The Night She Tied The Knot) I Tied One On," words & music by Blake Schaefer.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Honor Betrayed
Flashback
Release Date:
4 November 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 4 November 1988
Production Date:
began 20 January 1988
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A prisoner named Armitage ridicules his cellmate, Vietnam veteran Jack Gracie, for having recurring flashbacks about his time in the war. Sometime later, a riot erupts when an older prisoner, Lenny, attempts to molest a young prisoner named Mitch Barnett. Cyril Canelle, rescues the youth by attacking Lenny. As security guards converge on the scene to restore order, two inmates procure a master handcuff key hidden inside a janitor’s bucket. Mitch thanks Cyril but is told they will never be friends. Elsewhere, the Haden family plans a vacation at the cabin they recently inherited from their uncle Billy. Teenage daughter Jennifer sees the outing as a chance for her parents to mend their troubled marriage. As Sharon Haden complains to her husband, Don, that their lives have become routine, Don refuses to discuss the matter, and leaves to pick up a motor home they rented for the journey. Searching for camping gear in the garage, their adolescent son, Brian, finds a small metal box filled with medals his father received while serving in Vietnam. His mother tells him to replace the box, but he first pockets a cigarette lighter. Back at the prison, inmates board a bus to transfer to another penitentiary. During the drive, the guard falls asleep and a prisoner removes the stolen key from his mouth, and begins to unlock the handcuffs of surrounding inmates. A fight ensues, and a guard ventures back with his rifle, but Lenny strangles him with twine. The bus driver loses control of the vehicle, which plummets down an embankment into a river. As five prisoners avoid drowning, Armitage kills a fellow convict who refuses to take part in an escape, ... +


A prisoner named Armitage ridicules his cellmate, Vietnam veteran Jack Gracie, for having recurring flashbacks about his time in the war. Sometime later, a riot erupts when an older prisoner, Lenny, attempts to molest a young prisoner named Mitch Barnett. Cyril Canelle, rescues the youth by attacking Lenny. As security guards converge on the scene to restore order, two inmates procure a master handcuff key hidden inside a janitor’s bucket. Mitch thanks Cyril but is told they will never be friends. Elsewhere, the Haden family plans a vacation at the cabin they recently inherited from their uncle Billy. Teenage daughter Jennifer sees the outing as a chance for her parents to mend their troubled marriage. As Sharon Haden complains to her husband, Don, that their lives have become routine, Don refuses to discuss the matter, and leaves to pick up a motor home they rented for the journey. Searching for camping gear in the garage, their adolescent son, Brian, finds a small metal box filled with medals his father received while serving in Vietnam. His mother tells him to replace the box, but he first pockets a cigarette lighter. Back at the prison, inmates board a bus to transfer to another penitentiary. During the drive, the guard falls asleep and a prisoner removes the stolen key from his mouth, and begins to unlock the handcuffs of surrounding inmates. A fight ensues, and a guard ventures back with his rifle, but Lenny strangles him with twine. The bus driver loses control of the vehicle, which plummets down an embankment into a river. As five prisoners avoid drowning, Armitage kills a fellow convict who refuses to take part in an escape, since it would add time to his short sentence. Speaking as if he was still fighting in Vietnam, Jack Gracie orders the men to uphold their mission, and suggests they look for a place to hide. Meanwhile, the Hadens begin their journey. When they park at a roadside rest stop, the inmates enter the RV and take the family hostage. Jack Gracie holds a kitchen knife to Sharon’s throat as the prisoners remove their handcuffs with tools they find on board. Don offers them money and the camper in return for his family’s release, but learning of the cabin where they are en route, the convicts decide to make it their hideout. Armitage threatens to rape Jennifer, but the convicts persuade him to find the cabin first. Along the way, they stop at a country store for supplies. As Armitage is busy trying on clothing, Don, a former Green Beret, secretly grabs knives off the shelves and hides them in his pocket. Meanwhile, Jack Gracie trades war stories with the shop owner. After a few minutes of conversation, the owner realizes that Gracie is mentally ill, and reaches for his rifle, but Gracie snatches the weapon, and shoots the man in the chest. Armitage breaks open a locked cabinet and steals weapons and ammunition, as Gracie goes on a rampage, searching the aisles for a woman with a crying baby. Don rescues the infant and hides it, but Gracie shoots the mother dead. Armitage orders they leave, but Gracie lags behind to kill more customers. When Gracie finally exits the store, he calls Armitage a coward, and shoots him dead. Arriving at the cabin, the convicts restrain the Haden family with rope and lock them in a bedroom. Don instructs Sharon to remove the stolen knife in his pocket so he can set them free. Meanwhile, Gracie listens proudly to a newscast about the carnage he left at the country store. Don devises an escape plan, as the convicts have become distracted by the arrival of a sheriff patrol car. Deputy Ernie Bates knocks on the door, looking for his fishing companion, Billy. When Mitch claims that Billy could not make the trip, and lent the cabin to him and his wife for the weekend, Deputy Bates goes back to his car suspicious, knowing that Billy died the year before. Hiding in the back seat, Cyril Canelle ambushes the deputy and slits his throat. As Cyril returns to the cabin, the Hadens escape in the patrol car. However, Gracie shoots the tires as Don drives away, and the vehicle comes to a halt after a short distance. The convicts surround the cruiser and break the windows to reclaim the Hadens, causing a gasoline leak in the destruction. Gracie plans to kill the family, but Cyril argues that it would be foolhardy to get rid of hostages. Brian tosses his father’s Vietnam pocket lighter on the stream of gasoline by the squad car, and sets off an explosion. In the mayhem, Gracie shoots Cyril dead, and the family runs into the woods. Don announces they cannot outrun the inmates, and orders his family to help him create makeshift weapons and booby traps from the contents of their pockets. Afterward, he instructs his wife and children to hide in a nearby boathouse. As Gracie and Mitch pursue the Hadens, Don uses a slingshot to defend himself. Mitch dodges the rocks, but cuts his hand and face on Don’s traps. Hearing Mitch cry in pain, Brian believes his father is hurt, and goes to his rescue. Inside the boathouse, Sharon lights a lantern as Mitch crashes through a skylight. Jennifer wonders aloud why Mitch does not escape from Gracie, he believes she has accused him of being a homosexual. To prove otherwise, he tries to rape her, but she clamps a rattrap to his groin. As he writhes in pain, Sharon kills him with a blow to the head. Elsewhere, Gracie hallucinates that he is lost in the jungles of Vietnam, and needs to find his unit. Don attacks Gracie, and he loses his weapon in the lake. During their fight, Don tries to convince Gracie that he is not at war, but his attacks continue until Don appears to have killed him. Afterward, he finds his son, Brian, and they return to the boathouse to reunite with Sharon and Jennifer. Their happiness is short-lived, as Gracie returns and battles Don. As the fight moves outside, a can of gasoline spills into a nearby rowboat, and the men also fall into the vessel. Don uses a flare gun to ignite the boat, incinerating Gracie. He returns to his family and embraces them, professing his love for Sharon. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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