MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 812 this week

Closet Land (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  6 March 1991 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,987 users  
Reviews: 51 user | 15 critic

A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 22 May 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 08 Feb 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 01 Mar 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 04 Apr 2014
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Closet Land" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Closet Land (1991)

Closet Land (1991) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Closet Land.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Matthew Barnes is a young exec on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger. He's to replace John Gissing; Gissing's gotten ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Binder
Stars: Mike Binder, Tim Briggs, Allan Corduner
Tropical Snow (1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

New York is the dream city of Tavo and Marina, where the lovers hope to start a better life; at home in Bogota they have to work as pocket pickers at the airport to support their families. ... See full summary »

Director: Ciro Durán
Stars: Jsu Garcia, Madeleine Stowe, David Carradine
We Know Where You Live (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Declan Lowney
Stars: Eddie Izzard, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard Blackwood
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates
Nobel Son (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Miller
Stars: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Once upon a time there were two people in love, their names were Nina and Jamie. They were even happy enough to be able to live happily ever after, (not often the case) and then Jamie died.... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jenny Howe
Judas Kiss (1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A woman and her lover, who has made a living by running sex scams at hotels, decide to enter the big time by kidnapping a computer company owner and demanding $4 million ransom. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Carla Gugino
The Song of Lunch (TV Movie 2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A London publisher recounts a lunchtime reunion with a former lover, in poetic monologue.

Director: Niall MacCormick
Stars: Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Andi Soric
Worth Winning (1989)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Taylor is a man who has no problems with women. So confident is he that he accepts a challenge from his friends: he has to secure proposals of marriage from three women of their choice.

Director: Will Mackenzie
Stars: Mark Harmon, Madeleine Stowe, Lesley Ann Warren
Octane (2003)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

Director: Marcus Adams
Stars: Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, Bijou Phillips
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Father Michael McKinnon goes from the UK to Boston circa 1935. For unknown reasons, he avoids at all costs the most prominent parishioners, Arthur and Eleanor Barret. Meanwhile Eleanor and ... See full summary »

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Madeleine Stowe, William Hurt
China Moon (1994)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle relucantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an... See full summary »

Director: John Bailey
Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Edit

Storyline

A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only the two actors. The movie is set in an unidentified, modern police state. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No one can harm you in your imagination.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for psychological torture | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Szekrényország  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$259,012 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This story was inspired by the experiences Veronica De Negri, a Chilean activist jailed and tortured under Pinochet during the 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Recording: Sign the confession, or suck my dick! Which ever you please, you tease!
See more »


Soundtracks

Hernando's Hideaway
Written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Performed by Richard Einhorn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A definite thinking film
2 June 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie only a few days ago at a convention, and was moved to think about a side of torture tactics that I had never examined. The power of mental abuse can surely override any physical abuse, and that is shown through Madeline Stowe's wondrous acting in this movie. Likewise, Alan Rickman brings to the screen a marvelous portrayal of a ruthless government interrogator. It is interesting, though, even while he tortures Stowe's character, how you see a bit of himself shine through his terrorist personality. It grabbed me, in the scene where she is blindfolded, and he is pretending to be someone else, how he lets the mask fall from his face even as his voice continues his work.

The basis of the plot is this: A children's book writer (Stowe) is arrested on the premise that her books hold subversive political ideas, trying to get children to go against the government. The writer continues to deny these allegations, even as she is questioned and eventually abused physically and mentally by a government agent (Rickman). The showing of these torture techniques is disturbing, and probably should not be watched by those who are squeamish about such things.

The film was made in partnership with Amnesty International in the early 90's. On the surface of this movie, I would have to agree with all their policies, but as with any movie of this sort, a viewer should not support the organization purely on the face of the movie screen, but it should spur the viewer to outside research. I believe that is what this movie does for many of us.

The upshot of this: I would say I enjoyed the movie, but 'enjoy' is not quite the right word. I would watch this movie again if the opportunity arose, and would also recommend it to anyone who has a taste for realistically disturbing movies.

4 stars out of 5.


20 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Star Trek TNG Rip-Off aleutian1
DVD???? :( Insert_clever_name_here
Video clips? weather_gurl1
Question for Harry Potter fans BorovnianHeir
question about the DvD bballqt227
Spain Closet Land DVD? ladydomini
Discuss Closet Land (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page