MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,306 this week

The Clearing (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  16 July 2004 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 11,118 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 142 user | 109 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 29 Dec 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 25 Mar 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 34 titles
created 05 Apr 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Clearing" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Clearing (2004)

The Clearing (2004) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Clearing.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A down on her luck woman, desperate to provide care for her daughter, moves in with her father in-law from whom she is estranged. Through time, they learn to forgive each other and heal old wounds.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing
Havana I (1990)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin
Legal Eagles (1986)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Robert Redford, Debra Winger, Daryl Hannah
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo
Brubaker (1980)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Morgan Freeman
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A former Weather Underground activist goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.

Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci
Comedy | Western | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sonny Steele used to be a rodeo star, but his next appearance is to be on a Las Vegas stage, wearing a suit covered in lights, advertising a breakfast cereal. When he finds out they are ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Valerie Perrine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A young Italian woman inherits from her deceased lover an enigmatic modern house in the New York country side, and goes to see it for the first time. When she arrives she meets the caretaker of the house...

Director: Giada Colagrande
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Giada Colagrande, Seymour Cassel
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill
Precious Brother (TV Movie 2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Mika Lehtinen
Stars: Timo Tuominen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Minna Suuronen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jill Hayes
...
Louise Miller
...
Tom Finch
...
Eva Finch
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
Cindy Mack
...
Agent Kathleen Duggan
Sarah Koskoff ...
Lane Hayes
...
Graciela
...
Detective Kyle Woodward
...
John Dewitt
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretos de un secuestro  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,763,875 (USA) (8 October 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 Wayne is leaving the table by the pool, he picks up his jacket. In the next scene just a second later, he picks up the ball to the throw to the dog and his jacket is on. There is no way he would have had time to put on his jacket. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

For ALAN J. PAKULA See more »

Connections

Referenced in Goedemorgen Nederland: Episode dated 21 October 2004 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Trout
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of The Extreme Music Library plc
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


30 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This film is criminally underrated... Macca_UK_2000
confused about the ending blackpose
disappointed doesnt even come close shaweet84
What's Dafoe's motivation? Jonathan Dore
True story kim-n-andersson
Trailer misleading josh26809
Discuss The Clearing (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?