The Door in the Floor (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  6 August 2004 (USA)
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A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minty O'Hare
Harvey Loomis ...
Dr. Loomis
Mike S. Ryan ...
Reception Fan
Woman at Reception
Eduardo Gomez
Robert LuPone ...
Bookstore Assistant
Amanda Posner ...
Frame Shop Clerk


Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East Hampton, New York and chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's book author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. Her resulting despondency and his subsequent infidelities have prevented the couple from confronting a much-needed change in their relationship. Eddie O'Hare, the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant, is the couple's unwitting yet willing pawn - and, ultimately, the catalyst in the transformation of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una mujer infiel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$456,876 (USA) (16 July 2004)


$34,520 (South Africa) (12 November 2004)

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Did You Know?


The photograph of Marion (Kim Basinger) and the boys' feet was taken the first day of the shoot; the feet belong producer Anne Carey's sons. See more »


The flashback scene in the car with the boys is supposed to take place during a heavy snow fall, and the back window and tail lights of the car are supposed to be covered with snow, but the window is completely clear. See more »


Eddie O'Hare: [matter-of-factly] Wrong cubes!
Ted Cole: [looks at his glass and realizes he did not used ice cubes for his whisky]
Ted Cole: [gets rid of the glass contents]
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References The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »


Giovinette, Che Fatte All'Amore
Don Giovanni - No. 5, Duet and Chorus
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of Promusic
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JEFFS Oscar?
2 March 2005 | by (BIRMINGHAM UK) – See all my reviews

Having just seen this movie I cannot believe Jeff Bridges was not nominated for this performance (but after Paul Giametti getting overlooked this year, what do you expect) Perhaps people don't know what good acting is: not 'ACTING' but truth, naturalness, and a revelation of how people really behave--but Jeff is so subtle and unshowy that he just becomes the part (Kim Basinger was first rate too)Put this film up against the pretentious and showy twaddle that was American Beauty, and we see what a farce the Oscars really are. The monologue towards the end of this film where Jeff talks about the accident and the death of their two sons was heartbreaking--because it did not go for drama or histrionics, just pure, emotional truth. I urge people who have not seen this movie to please check it out--I don't think you will be sorry--if you are open to the possibility of films that treat you and respect you as an adult, and shows human beings in all their frailties in the most heartbreaking of experiences.

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