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The Clearing (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  16 July 2004 (USA)
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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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$618,674 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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$5,763,875 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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One of the numbers listed at the top of the ransom note is 814-949-9207, the fax number for Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. See more »

Goofs

When both men are climbing through the woods, Wayne pauses to rest, and Arnold cocks his handgun and discharges it, aiming for, and hitting the trunk of a nearby tree, to show that he means business. The sound overdubbed is the distinctive sound of a hammer being locked into position, consistent with a revolver, but the handgun Arnold is holding is actually small automatic. The sound effect should be that of a 'rack and slide'. See more »

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Agent Ray Fuller: Describe your husband
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Eileen Hayes: Six foot tall...
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Not so bad
2 January 2005 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

After all of the negative reviews I read about this movie, it was with reluctance and groaning that I agreed to watch it when my wife picked it out. I fully expected a bomb. What a pleasant surprise. "The Clearing" is, as many have pointed out, a slower moving film. Just because there is no action does not mean a film is bad. "The Clearing" is a drama with two story lines moving along in parallel. There is interesting dialogue building up to an uncertain climax. "The Clearing" held my interest and developed suspense. With an only 90 minute running time, I kept wondering how they were going to wrap everything up. And that is the strength of this movie. It is not formulaic. You will not guess the ending. All of the loose ends in both plot and character development come to a conclusion in the final minutes. All in all, much better than expected and well worth renting. 7/10


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