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Far from Heaven (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 January 2003 (USA)
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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.



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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 88 wins & 78 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Bowman
Bette Henritze ...
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Kyle Timothy Smith ...
Billy Hutchinson (as Kyle Smyth)
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Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she surprises her husband Frank kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives. Written by Jonas A. Reinartz <jonas.reinartz@web.de>

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What lies beneath the surface? What hides behind the walls? What imprisons desires of the heart? See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dem Himmel so fern  »

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Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$211,279 (USA) (8 November 2002)


$74,530 (Hong Kong) (2 May 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Russell Crowe turned down the role of Frank Whitaker because he felt it was too small. See more »


When Cathy and Raymond were at an all black eating establishment (in North Arlington, NJ), he opens the car door for her. You can see an modern day airline jet in the reflection of the window mostly likely heading to Newark International Airport. See more »


Raymond: I've learned my lesson about mixing in other worlds. I've seen the sparks fly. All kinds.
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Crazy Credits

The first end credit reads "for Bompi" See more »


References Imitation of Life (1959) See more »


Autumn in Connecticut
by Elmer Bernstein
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Beautifully well made film is unforgettable thanks to rich performances.
16 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) has it all, a handsome husband (Dennis Quaid), Two wonderful children (Ryan Ward & Lindsay Andretta), a loyal housekeeper (Viola Davis) and her close best friend (Patricia Clarkson). Everything for Cathy goes well until her husband starts questions his own sexually. Things are slowly changing for Cathy, when she meets her new gardener (Dennis Haysbert). Which her Gardener is a nice, caring African American man. Cathy's wonderful life is only an illusion and she forced to live a lie or following her heart.

Written and Directed by Todd Haynes (Poison, Safe, Velvet Goldmine) made an genuinely well done melodrama with plenty of style and substance. Moore gives an beautiful, touching performance. Quaid in his best performance yet, which he's outstanding. Haysbert is terrific as Cathy's Gardener. Excellent production designs, lush cinematography and an beautiful music score are the highlight of this film.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an fine DTS 5.1 Surround Sound (Also in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound). DVD has an featurette, a half-hour "Anatomy of a Scene", an featurette with Julianne Moore & the Director and more. This film was nominated for four Oscars including Best Actress, Best Original Score by the late Elmer Bernstein (Bringing Out the Dead, The Maginificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird), Best Cinematography by Edward Lachman (Less Than Zero, Selena, The Virgin Suicides) and Best Original Screenplay. This film is a must-see. This film is a loving tribute to the 1950's melodrama films. Executive Produced by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven-2001, Out of Sight, Solaris-2002) and George Clooney (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night and Good Luck, Insomnia-2002). (**** ½/*****).

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