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The Clearing (2004)

As an executive is held captive by an employee, it's up to his wife to deliver the ransom.

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Wayne and Eileen Hayes live the American Dream. Together they've raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. But there have been sacrifices along the way. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man, Arnold Mack, and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned inside out. Eileen finds her home full of FBI agents, their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other. With each passing hour, the need and desire for Wayne to return home safely becomes ever more urgent. Written by Austin4577@aol.com

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You only really know what you have when you're about to lose it.


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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Secretos de un secuestro  »

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$618,674 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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$5,763,875 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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Went straight-to-video in the UK. See more »

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Wayne's new, white sneakers started looking less new and white, but when Wayne tries to escape and is running through the rain and mud, the sneakers look very white. See more »

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Agent Ray Fuller: Describe your husband
[Robert Redford]
Eileen Hayes: Six foot tall...
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For ALAN J. PAKULA See more »

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Featured in Six Feet Under: The Dare (2004) See more »

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The Trout
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of The Extreme Music Library plc
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Kidnapping as Cross-Class Conflict
15 July 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Clearing" is a taut, suspenseful kidnapping story.

But the tension is primarily ratcheted up not by action, but what we learn what stuff each of the characters is made of, particularly as to how superbly Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe surround Robert Redford.

Ironically, Mirren's husband Taylor Hackford directed a more muddled take on a very similar story line in "Proof of Life," which couldn't decide if it was an action movie or a drama. Here first-time writer Justin Haythe and director Pieter Jan Brugge are more focused, even while playing a few tricks on the viewer with time-shifting "Rashomon" rewinds, though there are a couple of questionable holes in the story as it takes surprising directions.

It's a relief to finally see Redford in a role fitting his age, with an age-appropriate spouse and adult children, including Alessandro Nivola not playing his usual sensual snake. It's nice to see Mirren get to play an attractive, rich matron who can carry off nice clothes and hair styles as she usually hides herself in her roles.


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