Arlington Road (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  9 July 1999 (USA)
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A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent Whit Carver
Brady Lang
Grant Faraday
Dr. Archer Scobee
Delivery Man
Sid Hillman ...
Phone Technician
Hannah Lang
Mary Ashleigh Green ...
Daphne Lang


In suburban Arlington, Virginia, George Washington University American History professor Michael Faraday is still mourning the death of his wife, FBI agent Leah Faraday, after three years. His inside knowledge of the agency colors what he teaches in his classes. Although on good terms with Leah's ex-partner, Whit Carver, and the agency in general, Michael wants the agency at least to acknowledge their responsibility in her death in the line of duty. Michael is moving on with his personal life, he being in a serious relationship with his former teaching assistant Brooke Wolfe. Although he likes Brooke, Michael and Leah's nine year old son, Grant Faraday, may not yet be quite ready for Brooke to be a permanent part of their lives. It is only in helping adolescent Brady Lang who he sees in medical distress that Michael meets his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, Brady's parents. In the process, Michael and Brooke becomes friends with the Langs, as Grant and Brady become friends. ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arlington Rd.  »

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Box Office


$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£527,427 (UK) (19 March 1999)


$24,362,501 (USA) (24 September 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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The car crash during the climactic chase scene was unplanned; the plan was for the car to duck behind the oncoming bus and complete the left turn. When the collision occurred, the car trunk sprung open, revealing the bright blue sandbags that had been placed there to allow certain stunts. The quick cuts following the collision are necessary to avoid showing the sandbags. Subsequent shots including the car had already been filmed, and show a markedly less-damaged car. See more »


When Oliver gets into the car in the garage and in every scene that you can see him driving, with Brooke following him, he is on the left side of the car. However, at the courier place, he gets out of the right side and there is a steering wheel on the right side which he uses to lift himself out of the car. See more »


Oliver Lang: Never wiser than when we're children. They say it and it's true. We'll never see things that clear again.
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Do You Know Those People Across The Street?
15 August 2000 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Contrary to what you may think initially, nothing happens by coincidence on `Arlington Road.' Outstanding performances by Jeff Bridges (As Michael Faraday) and Tim Robbins (Oliver Lang) highlight this taut thriller about terrorism in America, a disturbing film instilled with a sense of loss, fear and paranoia. Director Mark Pellington perhaps does not mine this vein to the depths, but there is still a silver lining in this movie, which contains elements of two of Alfred Hitchcock's classics, `The Man Who Knew Too Much,' and `North By Northwest.' Had this film been made forty years ago, in fact, Hitchcock would have been at the helm and we would have had James Stewart instead of Bridges and Richard Widmark in place of Robbins. When Jeff Bridges stars in a thriller, you can usually bet that the project is going to be a cut above the average fare of the genre, and this one is no exception, arguably his best of it's kind since `Jagged Edge.' This is a riveting film, and the tension builds steadily throughout as we uncover, along with Faraday, the dark secrets which ultimately lead to an explosive climax. The excellent supporting cast includes Joan Cusack, Hope Davis and Robert Gossett. A trip to `Arlington Road' is a jolt to the senses and may cause you to stop and rethink a few things about your life. At the very least, you're going to want to finally meet that neighbor who moved in across the street last year. I rate this one 8/10.

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