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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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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.  »

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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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You need only subtract a few letters from director Mark Pellington's name to get the word "Arlington." See more »


The phone technician played by Sid Hillman, in the scene where he cuts Michael's phone lines looks surprisingly like his girlfriend Brooke (Hope Davis) with her head shaved. This would make for some confusion in the fact that Brooke would have had no reason to call Michael's house from a pay phone, leave a concerning message about their neighbor's, stage her own death, and then cut Michael's phone lines. See more »


Oliver Lang: I'm a messenger Michael, I'm a messenger! There's millions of us, waiting to take up arms, ready to spread the word... millions of us!
Michael Faraday: No! The government's not who you're killing!
Oliver Lang: Yes. Yes... they'll pay. They'll pay for their sins. Their lies.
Michael Faraday: You're killing children! Children die!
Oliver Lang: Children... I know that. This is war, Michael. In a war, children die.
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Referenced in The Hole (2003) See more »


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Written by Teddy Lasry (uncredited)
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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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