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The Trigger Effect (Widescreen) R

The Trigger Effect (Widescreen)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 20, 1999
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Single Layer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital 3.0 - French
  • Additioal Release Material:
    • Cast & filmmakers' bios
    • Film highlights
    • Trailer - Theatrical
  • Text\Photo Galleries
    • Production notes
  • DVD Rom Freatures:
    • Web links

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 24


User Ratings: 2,459
Psychological thriller that shows the selfish and bestial impulses that lie just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Aug 27, 2002
Rating: 3/5 -- Interesting thriller that loses its tension and doesn't know how to end.
Aug 1, 2003
Rating: 3/4 -- ...a fascinating and terse look at the breakdown of common decency during a time of crisis. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Aug 1, 2003
A refreshingly stimulating premise and an efficient thriller... -- Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 20, 1996
...From the start, Koepp sets out to get under the viewer's skin, which he does with relentless ease...
Chicago Sun-Times
Aug 30, 1996
Rating: 1.5/4 -- One bad idea sets off a series of more bad ideas until the film becomes unsalvageable. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 3/5 -- Flawed but worthy.
Jan 6, 2006

Product Description:

A young, suburban couple find themselves inexorably drawn into increasing lawlessness when a long-lasting, region-wide power failure plunges the entire city into anarchy. Joined by a friend, they flee for other, safer parts of the country, only to face strangers, distrust, fear, and--ultimately--their own humanity.

Plot Synopsis:

An examination of the pressures of middle-class suburban life, as seen through the eyes of yuppie couple Matt and Annie one eventful night. After a volatile evening at the movies, the pair come home to find that their daughter has an infection. Shortly thereafter, a blackout occurs in their town, making it tough for Matt to get help for his child. Matters worsen when a macho old friend named Joe pays the couple a surprise visit during the power outage. Soon, macho Joe's working class mores begin to fray Matt's last nerve...
These stressful elements -- combined with alcohol consumption -- manage to remove Matt and Annie from the reality they once knew. And that leads to unfortunate circumstances when a looter breaks into their home...


Production Notes:

  • Shown in competition at the Seattle Film Festival on June 4, 1996.
  • Released theatrically in the USA on August 30, 1996.
  • The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter David Koepp, cowriter of the films MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and JURASSIC PARK. Koepp also wrote and directed the short film SUSPICIOUS, starring Janeane Garofalo.
  • Koepp was inspired to write THE TRIGGER EFFECT after viewing the BBC documentary CONNECTIONS, written and directed by James L. Burke and originally broadcast in the late 1970s.
  • The MCA/Universal laserdisc version (Cat. #43122) has THX sound recording.
  • Additional cast: Rick Worthy, Molly Morgan, Shishir Kurup, Richard Schiff, Gary Bayer, Elizabeth Gandy
  • Copyright 1996 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc.

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  • UPC: 025192006128
  • Shipping Weight: 0.27/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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