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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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Dr. Archer Scobee
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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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On July 9, terror hits home. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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

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$21,500,000 (estimated)

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

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

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In the opening scene, the amount of damage to Brady's left hand varies between shots. See more »

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Oliver Lang: [Talking about Grant] If you want to be his father, you will walk to your house, sleep in your bed, teach your classes, and live your life!
Michael Faraday: What are you doing? How many people are you going to kill?
Oliver Lang: Well, if I see any strange cars on my street, if you feel compelled to talk to someone, a federal agent perhaps, I imagine we're just going to kill one.
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What a movie!
26 September 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I have watched this twice, and despite its many flaws, I thought this movie was dynamite. This movie has the most effective opening sequence ever. The pulsating techno score, the giddy camerawork, if this movie didn't have that opening, I would have given Arlington Road a 7 instead of a 8.5. The movie had excellent, if sometimes overracted performances, particularly from Jeff Bridges, but I'll give special mention to Joan Cusack, her performance was chilling. Tim Robbins, was disappointing. He doesn't cut it as the villain. He was excellent in Jacob's Ladder, but here doesn't make the grade. The script faltered sometimes, towards the end (But not the ending), because it grew a bit confusing. However the dialogue was excellent and always realistic. The direction was outstanding. I could see no flaw in the direction. The cinematography was also excellent, the editing, too. And the music, just fabulous.

I'd like to discuss the ending. After seeing the commercial for this movie and reading the reviews, I knew there was going to be a big, surprise ending. Then how come I predicted the ending to occur?

But in a movie like this it didn't matter. Just sit back, and enjoy this for the acting, direction, music and cinematography. And if you don't predict it, the ending will be a big, satisfying surprise for you. 8.5/10.


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