Arlington Road (1999)

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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 ...
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On July 9, terror hits home. See more »


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.  »

Filming Locations:


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 script for "Arlington Road", written by Ehren Kruger, was discovered when it won the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting competition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This film is only the sixth winner of the competition to actually be produced. See more »


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Oliver Lang: You're doing it again, Michael. I told you if you want to know something about me, just ask.
Michael Faraday: [frantic] Where's my son? Where's Grant? Where is he?
Oliver Lang: He's with mine. They're safe. They're out on an excursion...
Michael Faraday: [cutting him off] I saved your son's life!
Oliver Lang: I'm sorry, what?
Michael Faraday: I said I saved your son's life!
Oliver Lang: I know you did. That is the reason why you're still alive.
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Effective Low-Key Thriller
28 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe because I expected some heavy-handed Liberal bias in here with Tim Robbins, I was pleasantly surprised. Oh, it was there but on the mild side.

What I found, basically, was an interesting thriller with good suspense and good clever twists at the end. It was nicely filmed, too, and I liked the lower-key atmosphere in here.

Another pleasant surprise was Joan Cusack, who was very effective as Robbins' creepy wife. If you're paranoid, you should like this story. I owned the DVD and traded it, but would like to see it again. It's worth several looks if you wait long enough to forget some of those twists.

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