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In the Bedroom -- When young Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) becomes romantically involved with an older single mother (Tomei), his parents (Spacek and Wilkinson) are concerned. But when the relationship takes a sudden and tragic turn, the Fowlers are forced to confront the harsh reality of their situation and the inescapable consequences of their actions.
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8 February 2002 (USA) See more »
A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...
A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Wilkinson ... Matt Fowler

Sissy Spacek ... Ruth Fowler

Nick Stahl ... Frank Fowler

Marisa Tomei ... Natalie Strout

William Mapother ... Richard Strout
William Wise ... Willis Grinnel

Celia Weston ... Katie Grinnel

Karen Allen ... Marla Keyes
Frank T. Wells ... Henry
W. Clapham Murray ... Carl

Justin Ashforth ... Tim Bryson
Terry A. Burgess ... District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh ... Father McCasslin
Diane E. Hamlin ... Davis' Assistant

Camden Munson ... Jason Strout
Christopher Adams ... Duncan Strout
Henry Field ... Young Frank / Rockland T-Ball
Deborah Derecktor ... Janelle
Harriet Dawkins ... Alma Adamson
Bill Dawkins ... Elwyn Adamson

Kevin Chapman ... Tim's Friend
Joseph Field ... Judge (as The Honorable Joseph Field)
Harold Withee ... Grocery Clerk
David Blair ... Marlboro Man
Elisabeth McClure ... Elderly Woman
Alida P. Field ... Young Gymnast

Andrea Wright ... Waitress (as Andrea Walker)
John Campanello ... Reporter
Robert Demkowicz ... Reporter

Veronica Cartwright ... Minister on Television

Daran Norris ... Red Sox Replay
Don Lewis ... Bridge Operator
Doug Rich ... Fork Lift Operator
Sara Armstrong ... Chorus
Elly Barksdale ... Chorus
Erin Barksdale ... Chorus
Adah Holman ... Chorus
Gwendolyn Gilchrist ... Chorus
Shauneen Grout ... Chorus
Jessie Lanoue ... Chorus
Alicia Laplant ... Chorus
Iris Leslie ... Chorus
Erica Towle-Powers ... Chorus
Nichole Wimbiscus ... Chorus
Anna Winsor ... Chorus
Evanne Weirich ... The Newark, Vermont Balkan Girls Chorus Director
Robin Wimbiscus ... Performance Coordinator
Lisa Carlton ... Rockland T-Ball
Rebecca Benner ... Rockland T-Ball
Francis Mazzeo ... Rockland T-Ball
Tyler Shane Smith-Campbell ... Rockland T-Ball
Brian Hagley ... Rockland T-Ball
Sam Cousins ... Rockland T-Ball
Jackie Hagley ... Rockland T-Ball
Comenic Cuccinello III ... Rockland T-Ball
Ronald Russell ... Rockland T-Ball
Rachel Freeman ... Rockland T-Ball
Dale Johnson ... Rockland T-Ball
Daniel Hendricks ... Rockland T-Ball
Parker Spear ... Rockland T-Ball
Sam Johnson ... Rockland T-Ball
Matthew Maxwell ... Rockland T-Ball
Shyann Gauthier ... Rockland T-Ball
Joshua Mills ... Rockland T-Ball
Bethany Berry ... Rockland T-Ball
Eric Rahkonen ... Rockland T-Ball
Hope Berry ... Rockland T-Ball
Natalie Russell ... Rockland T-Ball
Chelsea Peasley ... Rockland T-Ball
Misty Seekins ... Rockland T-Ball
Daniel Baxter-Leahy ... Rockland T-Ball
Philip Spearing ... Rockland T-Ball
Brandon Carleton ... Rockland T-Ball
Mackenzie Tucker ... Rockland T-Ball
Owen Thompson ... Rockland T-Ball
Ben Staples ... Rockland T-Ball
Ryan Ecker ... Rockland T-Ball
Jared Mekin ... Rockland T-Ball
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Cumler ... Father with daughters at picnic (uncredited)
Jennifer Struk ... Young Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Field 
Writing credits
Robert Festinger (screenplay) (as Rob Festinger)

Todd Field  screenplay and
Andre Dubus  story "Killings"

Produced by
Stephen Dembitzer .... co-executive producer
Todd Field .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Ross Katz .... producer
Graham Leader .... producer
John Penotti .... executive producer
Penn Sicre .... co-executive producer (as PennSicre)
Tim Williams .... co-producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Antonio Calvache 
Film Editing by
Frank Reynolds 
Casting by
Randi Hiller 
Belinda Monte 
Art Direction by
Shannon Hart (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Josh Outerbridge  (as Joshua Outerbridge)
Costume Design by
Melissa Economy 
Makeup Department
Bob Harper .... additional makeup artist
Sally J. Harper .... hair stylist (as Sally Harper)
Terri Harper .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mary Feuer .... production supervisor
Per Melita .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victoria Lang .... second second assistant director
Aida Rodgers .... assistant director
Amanda Slater .... assistant director
Daniel M. Stillman .... first assistant director (as Dan Stillman)
Eric Yellin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Laurie Anne Gardner .... property assistant
Kirsten Gilg .... set dresser
Terry Goodhue .... construction
Shannon Hart .... sets
Cameron Matheson .... set dresser
Martin Merritt .... scenic
Matthew Nagle .... set dresser
Meghan Nichols .... art department assistant
Wilder Oaks .... scenic
Tim Payson .... property master
Tyris Smith .... lead man
Kenneth Weinberg .... set dresser
Harmony Gosbee .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Alexander 'Sandy' Nesbitt .... prop maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bruce Greenspan .... additional dialogue editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montano)
Mark Narramore .... sound recordist
Will Riley .... supervising sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist: Warner Hollywood
Caleb Snyder .... boom operator
Edward Tise .... sound recordist
Lisa Varetakis .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Brian Ricci .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Ben Apley .... digital effects coordinator
Rod Basham .... digital effects composite artist
Clyde Beamer .... digital effects supervisor
Jonathan Bradstreet .... rendering artist
Keith Bryant .... digital effects producer
Kyle Cooper .... supporting digital effects artist
Peter Frankfurt .... supporting digital effects artist
Ray Harvie .... rendering artist (as Raymond Harvie)
Chip Houghton .... supporting digital effects artist
Jonathan Morse .... rendering artist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Althoff .... dolly grip (as John S. Althoff III)
Woody Bell .... key grip
Jason Bowen .... camera grip
Evans Brown .... gaffer
Dave Cambria .... best boy
Rick Cardillo .... electrician (as Richard Cardillo)
Robert Clark .... electrician
John Clifford .... still photographer
Erica Colegrove .... camera assistant
Robert Colman .... camera grip
Brant S. Fagan .... Steadicam operator (as Brant Fagan)
Rachelle Fankhauser .... electrician (as Rachelle Frankhauser)
Bill Floyd .... focus puller
Michael Genne .... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Michael Genne .... cinematographer: second unit (as Michael A. Genne)
Michael Hadley .... camera grip
Sean Hadley .... camera grip
Amanda Hannan .... camera grip
Scott Hering .... camera grip (as Scott Herring)
Deborah Lipman .... camera assistant
Jenn Mears .... electrician (as Jennifer Mears)
Tim Metivier .... camera assistant
Chris Nickerson .... electrician
Anthony Norton .... electrician (as Anthony D. Norton)
Brian A. Pitts .... rigging gaffer (as Brian Pitts)
Shane Reilly .... camera grip
Michael Rudolph .... camera grip (as Mike Rudolph)
Janice Stone .... still photographer: Katie's snapshots
Greg Wimer .... camera assistant (as Greg Wilmer)
Todd Field .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Lambiase .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rachel Carey .... casting assistant
Debra Lord Cooke .... extras casting (as Dee Cooke)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shana Schoepke .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Mia Goldman .... editorial consultant
Chris Regan .... color timer (as Christopher Regan)
Betsy Wyeth .... editor: "The Wyeths" (as Betsy James Wyeth)
Heidi Zellner .... negative cutter: West Coast Editorial
Location Management
Keith Crofford .... location consultant
Sandy Shapiro .... location manager
Kathryn E. Smith .... location manager (as Kathryn Smith)
Tom Yeager .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Jordan Corngold .... assistant music editor (as Jordon Corngold)
Joe Gaswirt .... music mastering
Marcy Gensic .... music contractor
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Ohkee Kim .... assistant music scoring mixer (as Okhee Kim)
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator: strings
Norman Ludwin .... bass (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
Sharon Smith .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Carnes .... transportation captain
Allan Macdonald .... driver
George Smith .... driver
Other crew
Roy Allen .... consultant: lobster
Jane Bartelme .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Mark L. Beigelman .... production counsel (as Mark Beigelman P.C.)
Casey Block .... post-production accounting assistant
Paul Bremer .... film runner
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Adam Carroll .... production assistant
Brian Collins .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Gwendolyn Cooper .... production assistant
Cathi Dicocco .... caterer
Shannon Dilloway .... production assistant (as Shanon Dilloway)
Jeb Dubus .... defender of the faith
Suzanne Dubus .... defender of the faith (as Suzanne Andre III)
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finances
Caitlin Feeley .... production assistant
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant (as John Finn)
Jake Fleming .... production assistant
Greg Gadbury .... film commissioner: Maine
Lea Girardin .... film commissioner: Maine
Jamie Gordon .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Shawn Hamilton .... post-production accounting assistant
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process effects (as William Hansard Jr.)
Bill Hansard .... process effects (as William Hansard)
Bobby Kerr .... consultant: lobster
Walter Kerr .... consultant: lobster (as Dr. Walter Kerr)
Sig Libowitz .... production executive
Annie Lukowski .... production assistant (as Annie Lynch)
Rodney Lynch .... Willis' war memorabilia
Andrew B. Marcus .... assistant: Mr. Penotti (as Andrew Marcus)
Glen Mathias .... assistant to director (as Glenn Mathias)
Peter McDonald .... production assistant
Elaine McFarland .... production assistant
Zachary Miner .... production assistant
Mike Misner .... craft service
Gregg Molander .... production assistant
Nat Mundel .... film runner (as Nathaniel Mundel)
Anne Nevin .... production coordinator
Tanoa Parks .... production accountant
Susan T. Parsons .... assistant production coordinator (as Susan Parsons)
Courtney Potts .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Ned Price .... technical consultant
Serena Rathbun .... special consultant
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
Sebastian Salomo .... production assistant
Paula Schmit .... completion bond: Film Finances
Mark Schoen .... assistant: Ms. Spacek
Fisher Stevens .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Charles Stone Jr. .... consultant: lobster
Ivan Stone .... ATV
William Suhr .... process effects
Tiffany Thomas .... accounting assistant
Melinka Thompson-Godoy .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Leon Vitali .... technical consultant
Eleda Wacker .... production assistant
Soso R. Whaley .... deer trainer
T. Michael Wickersham .... production counsel
Betsy Wyeth .... courtesy of: "The Wyeths" by N.C. Wyeth (as Betsy James Wyeth)
Bradley Yonover .... crew: GreeneStreet Films
Julia Ziegler-Haynes .... assistant: Mr. Wilkinson
Julia Ziegler-Haynes .... production assistant
Dylan Verrechia .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Ann Marie Almeida .... acknowledgment: Camden Amphitheatre
Louis Bacon .... grateful acknowledgment: GreeneStreet Films
Hannah Baldwin .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Joel Baldwin .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Jonathan Brand .... acknowledgment: Ship Street House
Monica Brand .... acknowledgment: Ship Street House
Julie Bryer .... acknowledgment: Trevette Country Store
George Carrol .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Clifford Christensen .... acknowledgment: Mace's
Marcella Christensen .... acknowledgment: Mace's
Lester Dembitzer .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Greg Dorr .... acknowledgment: City of Rockland city attorney
Andre Dubus .... dedicatee
Michael Garfinkle .... grateful acknowledgment: GreeneStreet Films
Robert Gasper .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Gordon Goldstein .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Tom Hall .... acknowledgment: City of Rockland town manager
James Harmon .... acknowledgment: Old Orchard Beach
Richard Harrison .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Chip Highfield .... acknowledgment: Crockett's Beach
Frances Holdgate .... acknowledgment: Market on Main
Patricia Hubbard .... acknowledgment: Lincoln Street Center for the Arts
Jimmy Kalloch .... acknowledgment: The Woods
David Ladik .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Jeff Lewis .... acknowledgment: Trevette Country Store
Carolyn May .... acknowledgment: The GrassHopper Shop
Kimberly McLain .... acknowledgment: Trevette Country Store
Roger Moody .... acknowledgment: City of Camden town manager
Ellen Myers .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Frank O'Hara .... acknowledgment: Boat House
Joanne Parsons .... acknowledgment: Stinson Seafood/Cannery
Friederike Penberg .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Mitchell Penberg .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Simon Pentecost .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Christopher Pia .... grateful acknowledgment: GreeneStreet Films (as Chris Pia)
Mary Spitzer .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Philip Spitzer .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Johanna Strassberg .... acknowledgment: The GrassHopper Shop
Janette Sulides .... acknowledgment: Ginn's Point
John Sutin .... grateful acknowledgments: Graham Leader
Kevin Taylor .... acknowledgment: The Landings
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for some violence and language
130 min | USA:138 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Color (CFI)
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This is the highest grossing non-IMAX film in history to never reach the top 10 in a given week.See more »
Continuity: When Matt, Frank and Natalie are eating lunch Frank picks up his drink from Matt's point of view, but from Natalie's point of view a second later he is not holding a drink.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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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A dark drama that will have you glued to the screen, 23 January 2002
Author: shades033

Sometimes, it's fun to go see a movie without having any expectations, or even having knowledge of the basic plot or premise. It's also nice to see a movie that would usually get ignored in a crowded market get a large amount of attention without having the plot be too obvious from trailers or commercials. Although In the Bedroom has been in theatres for a number of months, it's only recently started getting attention and positive word of mouth after Sissy Spacek's Golden Globe nomination.

Tom Wilkinson plays Dr. Matt Fowler and Sissy Spacek plays his music teacher wife, an older couple living in a small Maine fishing town, who become worried when their only son becomes involved with an older woman with two kids, played by Marisa Tomei. Their worries soon prove to be warranted, as the woman and her estranged husband proceed to destroy the teenager's life. Ultimately, it has a devastating effect on the couple's everyday life and their relationship.

This movie is a fascinating and powerful character study of people in a small town and how conflict and tragedy affect them. It is a story that takes place in three clear-cut acts separated by two twists, both of which take the viewer by surprise although they're both foreshadowed and somewhat expected.

It's hard not to compare this movie to the recently released Monster's Ball, one of my least favorite movies of last year, but it's a fair comparison, since it also showed a series of tragic and sudden events and how they affect the people in a small town. Unlike Monster's Ball, I found the actions and emotions of the characters in this movie to be a lot more plausible, and you can't help feeling the despair of the couple as they deal with their son's problems.

In the Bedroom also compares to last year's The Deep End, and Sam Raimi's underrated A Simple Plan, two other slow movies that dealt with how small town folk deal with problems and how those problems sometimes lead to more drastic actions. It's never clear whether the Fowlers disapprove of their son's relationship is because the woman is older and has two kids or because of the problems that her estranged husband brings to the relationship. At times, it seems like the Fowlers' only worry is that their son may not go to college in order to stick around and take care of his older lover and her kids.

Either way, the parents starts to drift apart due to their overpowering sense of grief and inability to change things, and it's not long before they're playing the blame game on who is responsible for their son's situation. When they finally explode, it's one of the most powerful film moments in recent memory. The shorter third act shows how they learn to cope and deal with their problems.

Despite the slow pace and the excessive length, the performances and the beautiful yet subdued camerawork and choice of setting keeps the viewer riveted to the screen.

It's been far too long since we've seen Sissy Spacek in a movie, and like this year's other comeback kid, Robert Redford, her age is showing. But her age also makes her perfect for the role of Ruth Lawler, as her world -weary eyes seem suitably representative of Ruth's own frustrations.

Like last year's The Deep End and The Others, this movie shows how an over-protective mother can alienate her children while trying to help them. Spacek gives another groundbreaking performance that shows talented yet less experienced actresses Tilda Swinton. Nicole Kidman and especially Halle Berry how to create realistic emotions on screen. Late in the movie, there is a particularly tense yet short confrontation between Spacek and Marisa Tomei that shows how much better these two actresses are.

Tom Wilkinson has played comedic parts in The Full Monty and has appeared in a number of period pieces including Sense and Sensibility and The Patriot. In the Bedroom proves him to be quite a talented dramatic lead actor, as his performance allows him the full range of emotions, and he creates a character as believable and real as Spacek's.

First-time director Todd Field is probably best known as playing Nick Nightingale, the pianist who gets Tom Cruise in a bit of trouble in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Field uses the Maine setting beautifully to create a portrait of the couple's life, and he uses the pacing to create insurmountable tension before driving a wedge between the couple. The script by Field and Robert Festinger is one of the better ones of the year with dialogue that is far too real, yet perfectly suited for talents such as Spacek and Wilkinson.

Obviously, this movie will be getting a good deal of Oscar attention due to the performances by Spacek, Wilkinson, Tomei, and the terrific script. If you want to see action, go see Blackhawk Down; if you want to see the fine form of filmmaking as perfected by two master thespians and a talented new director, than In the Bedroom will have you riveted to the screen. Rating: 9 out of 10

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