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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:
Robert Gossett ...
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 Reston, 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.  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£527,427 (UK) (19 March 1999)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeff Bridges's second film for Polygram. The first was The Big Lebowski (1998). See more »


The movie is supposed to take place in Washington D.C. However, during the final car chase scenes, the skyline of downtown Houston (which is where most of the movie was filmed) is clearly visible. See more »


[last lines]
Oliver Lang: Where do we go from here?
Cheryl Lang: Someplace nice.
Oliver Lang: I hope so.
Cheryl Lang: Someplace safe.
Oliver Lang: Definitely.
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References Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) See more »


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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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