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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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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
Dee Cooke .... extras casting
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
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
Keith Crofford .... location consultant
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
Sandy Shapiro .... location manager
Kathryn E. Smith .... location manager (as Kathryn Smith)
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)
Tom Yeager .... location manager (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)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18PL (uncut version) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)
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Many of the products used in the film are real regional products commonly found in seacoast Maine (i.e. Oakhurst brand milk).See more »
Continuity: When Frank, Natalie and Matt are eating lunch, Natalie picks up a pickle, but in the next shot she is holding her glass in that hand, not the pickle.See more »
Ruth:He needs his head in school, not in her.
Matt:So to speak.
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77 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
something's going on in the bedroom, 10 December 2002
Author: Evil_Will_Hunting ( from Salt Lake City, Utah

9 out of 10

Watching Todd Field's feature film debut `In the Bedroom,' I could not help but be impressed by the sheer audacity of the film, by the spot-on performances, and by the many twists and turns that no critic should reveal. Yet amidst all the film's obvious strengths, there was still something missing-something to tie it all together, something to endow the film with more than just a fleeting impression.

Ironically perhaps, I was provided this missing bit of information not by the film, but by a male audience member sitting at the end of my aisle, trying to explain the point of the film in less than derogatory terms to his female companion.

`You're missing the whole point of the film,' he said. `It was all about men being controlled by women.'

No doubt he read this interpretation from someone else's review of the film (and what a sweet piece of justice it would be if that critic were a woman). It is quite possible that he was not even aware of the ramifications of what he had said. But this man's legitimacy aside, his statement has not left me since, and the film in turn has had the same luck in escaping me.

We are first introduced to Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl, `Bully') and Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei, `My Cousin Vinny'), he a young college student with no immediate plans to settle down, she an older divorcee raising two children. They are in love, though for Frank she is little more than a `summer fling.' Meanwhile Natalie's ex-husband, Richard (William Mapother, `Mission: Impossible 2'), is unwilling to let her out of his life, and begins to be physically abusive to Frank. Frank's parents, Matt (Tom Wilkinson, `The Full Monty') and Ruth (Sissy Spacek, `The Straight Story')-both in top form here-show appropriate concern for their only son, and they intervene in this dangerous love triangle with unexpected twists and tragic results.

The film jumps about in tone from a light romantic romp to a seeming political treatise to a creepy, nocturnal thriller. Some have criticized the film for this alleged inconsistency in tone, slow pacing, and a deliberate ending. But these naysayers have overlooked the point.

Frank may not even really love Natalie, so much as he loves being controlled by her and sating his mother by being with her. Richard becomes a threat to everyone because he is unwilling to let Natalie consider him out of her life; he is a slave to her whim. The resulting tension reveals a rift between Frank's parents, and in particular, his father's actions in the end demonstrate a helpless allegiance to his wife and her command.

Field, who up until now has been primarily an actor (he was the piano player in `Eyes Wide Shut'), understands these important points but does not beat the viewer over the head with them. He presents a reality more raw and true than any other piece of film in recent memory. Yet he does so with a restraint that Hollywood seems to have forgotten. Most of the film's violence is overheard or implied, and only explicitly shown when necessary for the audience to completely understand what has happened. This allows for more subtle details, like a bridgekeeper who must run around in circles to alternate traffic between the road and the sea, to emerge as truly haunting, lasting images.

But `In the Bedroom' is not about any of these things. It is, first and foremost, about its characters. It does not fall prey to plot mechanics, nor does it flinch at exploring even the most sympathetic characters' darkest sides. For this and so many other reasons which are best left discussed behind closed doors between loved ones, `In the Bedroom' succeeds at turning the camera on flawed relationships of all forms, and it is one of the best films of the year.

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