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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sissy Spacek decorated the house in which her character lives. See more »


Matt's hair changes between shots during their argument in the living room. See more »


Natalie: [Frank plays with blocks while Natalie relaxes in a beach chair] Hey... You know I've been ignoring our difference in age but you keep playing with those blocks, I'm gonna start to worry.
Frank Fowler: You're not looking at the house. Look.
[Natalie moves closer to Frank]
Frank Fowler: It's not all mine, it's part Mack. See, the whole idea of what Mack was trying to achieve was a common area in the center of the house. I mean, large, open spaces- they weren't unique to Mack but the idea of seperating the family so that the ...
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Graham Leader gratefully acknowledges ... Ann, Kira & Saks. See more »


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Macedonian Traditional
Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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User Reviews

Delivers what Movies are meant to deliver.
26 August 2008 | by (South Carolina USA) – See all my reviews

I have friends who do not want to see dark movies. Too depressing, given the news these days. I can understand that.

But farce grows quite tiresome. Clever repartee is fine sometimes. Action films are frequently exhausting and you can only watch so many cars, trains, planes and buildings explode. Plus, you are hungry an hour later.

This movie is a rare opportunity to miss excessive violence, pratfalls and smart-mouthed kids, teenage titillation, explosions, chases, stock characters, overacting and thin plot contrivances.

Enjoy a movie where the characters are complex, the actors spot-on in their craft, and the story is compelling.

Or don't. "Independence Day" is probably on cable somewhere.

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