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The Clearing (2004)

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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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Jill Hayes
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Louise Miller
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Tom Finch
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Graciela
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John Dewitt
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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)  »

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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Went straight-to-video in the UK. See more »

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When Eileen returns home from the FBI and checks the mail, see grabs the top two letters from the pile, but in the next shot she has three letters in her hand. See more »

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Eileen Hayes: You know, I never talked to him about it. I never ask him why. I just told him to get rid of her, and we got on with our life. I didn't want to know. I love him, and she admires him.
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Referenced in Goedemorgen Nederland: Episode dated 21 October 2004 (2004) See more »

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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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