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In the Bedroom (2001)

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »
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Katie Grinnel
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Marla Keyes
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Tim Bryson
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Father McCasslin
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Jason Strout
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Storyline

In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. Written by Bryan Way

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A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

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Crime | Drama

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

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8 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hálószobában  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,972, 25 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,930,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,368,779, 12 October 2003
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Based on the 1979 short story by Andre Dubus, "Killings". See more »

Goofs

The camera lens is plainly visible in the shot of Matt Fowler driving in his car. See more »

Quotes

Richard: [to Frank, attacking him] Get out, motherfucker!
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Crazy Credits

Credits are given to the Maine Highway Patrol. There is no such animal. There is, however Maine State Police. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Marisa Tomei (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby I Love Your Way
(1975)
Written by Peter Frampton
Performed by Peter Frampton
Copyright 1975 Almo Music Corp.
On behalf of itself and Nuages Artists Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterpises
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A Subtly Brilliant And Restrained Film About Human Nature, Instinct, And Emotion...
12 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Everything about this film is wonderfully done, from the restrained direction and acting, to the inexorable progression to tragic conclusion following preceding events. All the actors and acting are excellent, with a particularly subtle and brilliant portrayal by Tom Wilkinson as Dr. Fowler. Always great, he is, in my estimation, one of the unsung and underrated actors in film today. Sissy Spacek is also wonderful, and the inevitable emotional fall-out in their relationship after their shared experience is beautifully done. Very human - and very real.

Though difficult to watch, it is a great film, great story, with great performances all around by gifted actors. Not to be unsung are the excellent performances by Marisa Tomei, and all the other supporting actors. A film that would benefit one to watch more than once, there is that much substance there. Worth paying particular notice to is the opening metaphor in the scene on the lobster boat where Tom Wilkinson (Dr. Fowler) explains the nature of how a lobster-trap works - and the name the lobster-men (and tradition) have given to the inner part of the trap. This is the metaphor for the human story that will, tragically, unfold.

A great film, with great work all around. Todd Field is a director to remember.


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