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Arlington Road (1999)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  9 July 1999 (USA)
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A college professor begins to suspect that his neighbour is a terrorist.

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FBI Agent Whit Carver
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Grant Faraday
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Dr. Archer Scobee
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Daphne Lang
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Widowed when his FBI agent wife is killed in an operation against suspected terrorists, a college professor becomes increasingly obsessed with the culture and sub-society of these dangerous groups. The arrival of new neighbors, gives him new spirit, as they are gregarious and friendly, with a ten year old boy that his son can be friends with. He is even beginning to see another woman. However, he begins to suspect something is odd about the neighbors, something about the way they don't want him to see certain parts of the house, or a set of blueprints they have there. Are his neighbors terrorists... or is the stress of losing his wife merely driving him past the point of paranoia? Written by Anonymous

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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9 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Arlington Rd.  »

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Budget:

$21,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,515,145 (USA) (9 July 1999)

Gross:

$24,362,501 (USA) (24 September 1999)
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You need only subtract a few letters from director Mark Pellington's name to get the word "Arlington." See more »

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After the bombing at the end of the film, a red ford Taurus is seen driving down a thruway, the same car with visual resemblance to the one driven by Michael Faraday before the bombing. See more »

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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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Written and Produced by Miriam Cutler
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Solid thriller – good paranoia and good ending
21 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Professor Faraday teaches on terrorism and FBI tactics in Washington, despite losing his wife in a blundered FBI raid on suspected terrorists. When new neighbours move in next door he begins to suspect that the husband Oliver Lang has a double life and may be part of an internal terrorist movement. However as he looks into Lang's past the evidence seems to lead nowhere – is he just being paranoid?

This starts well. It feeds off the US paranoia that has arisen from the fact that they are as likely to be attacked from within as they are from external agents. That said we are really not sure if Lang has a past or if Faraday is just paranoid. This tension is good right up till the lines are drawn in the sand and goodies and baddies are identified. At this point it becomes a more traditional cat and mouse thriller – but even then it is better than most of the same ilk. The tension builds to a great ending whose only fault is dragging it's point out over a few minutes.

Bridges is great as the crumbling Faraday – he sometimes get a little bug-eye crazy at times but overall he works very well. Robbins is also good for the most part – his average Joe with bite act is good and his ruthless terrorist (maybe!) has some genuine menace about it. However outside of the main two I can't say anyone caught my eye in particular.- but they were all good nevertheless.

Overall this is a superior thriller that trades off USA fear of internal terrorism. The plot may be a little too neat at times, but the ending is worth seeing.


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