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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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Jill Hayes
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Louise Miller
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Tom Finch
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Eva Finch
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Cindy Mack
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Agent Kathleen Duggan
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Lane Hayes
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Graciela
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Detective Kyle Woodward
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John Dewitt
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Storyline

After decades of happy marriage and a life surrounded by luxury and wealth, Wayne Hayes, a successful car-rental businessman and his loving wife Eileen, are looking forward to a tranquil and comfortable retirement. However, the dreams of a peaceful life will eventually crumble like a pack of cards, when at gunpoint, Arnold Mack, a disgruntled former employee, will abduct Wayne in broad daylight right in front of his mansion in Pittsburgh. Suddenly, the life of the accomplished entrepreneur and seasoned negotiator rests entirely in the hands of his nervous, yet ruthless kidnapper who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. This is Wayne's most important negotiation in his life, nevertheless, has he the strength to succeed? Written by Nick Riganas

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One Kidnapping... Three Victims. See more »


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Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretos de un secuestro  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$5,763,875 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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During the fight scene in the woods, Willem Dafoe actually cracked a rib when Robert Redford's stunt double Dan Shea rammed into him, tackling him to the ground during the shooting. See more »

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When Eileen returns home from the FBI and checks the mail, two identical looking business letters are visible that both have "Pittsburgh, PA" spelled without h in the recipient address. On the first letter the same mistake can also be seen in the sender address. See more »

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[last lines]
Wayne Hayes: Do you love me?
Eileen Hayes: Yes.
Wayne Hayes: Then I have everything I need.
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For ALAN J. PAKULA See more »


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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Sophisticated thriller
20 January 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this movie at the Sundance Film festival and were very entertained with it. A wealthy businessman played by Robert Redford is kidnapped by a loser played by Willem Defoe. This is a very low key movie that lets the suspense build slowly until the climax. The characters are realistic and the plot is believable. Screen play has some twists which were not overdone. Robert Redford and Willem Defoe were both at their best. Wife's part played by Helen Mirren was one of the most difficult emotionally and she showed an outstanding performance. Overall the cast's acting was very good. If you like sophisticated thrillers you shouldn't miss this one.


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