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In the Bedroom (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  8 February 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Wise ...
Frank T. Wells ...
W. Clapham Murray ...
Terry A. Burgess ...
District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh ...
Diane E. Hamlin ...
Davis' Assistant


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...


Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hálószobában  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$93,972 (USA) (23 November 2001)


$35,918,429 (USA) (10 May 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The words of Father McCasslin at the burial are the last five lines from Chapter 25, "Death", in "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran. See more »


The bruising around Frank's eye dissapears during talking to Henry and Jason at lunch but when reappears when talking to Matt outside. See more »


Matt: [greets Frank on the dock] How'd you pull?
Frank Fowler: Not too bad, about 40 pounds.
Matt: I haven't caught sight of you in days.
Frank Fowler: You know where to find me.
Matt: When are you coming home?
Frank Fowler: Has it come to this?
Matt: Come to what?
Frank Fowler: You having to run errands for Mom.
[Matt laughs silently]
Frank Fowler: I'm thinking of building a couple hundred more traps. See if can do better than break even.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »


References The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by William Mapother
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perhaps not my favorite film but a perfect one.
21 February 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A dark story told with amazing weight and balance, it is cinematically perfect. Aside from the excellent performances by Wilkinson, Spacek and Tomei, it is

Field's film. He uses a deft touch to examine the lives of a couple devastated by loss. The perfection of this film lies in the small touches, the subtle gestures, the powerful symbolism that Field displays throughout. Even the most powerful

moment, the shooting, is done off camera. It isn't so much what you see, its what you don't, what Field implies throughout the film. He creates moments in this movie that convey complex emotion through subtle actions. The film creates

unsettling scenes without being disturbing. Reflections of actors moving as if underwater through their lives, we see them caught in the windows of their

home, ghosts in their house and in their lives, struggling to cope until the film's resolution. Attempting to heal each other and themselves through a single act of redemption that seems at the same time surprising and inevitable. It isn't my favorite movie, but i still think it's as close to a perfect film i've seen.

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