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The Door in the Floor (2004)

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A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

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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.


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

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17 September 2004 (Norway)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$34,520 (South Africa) (12 November 2004)
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The painting of "The Door in the Floor" was actually painted by Jeff Bridges. See more »

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The title of the paper that Eddie is typing is "A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound." As he is typing it the first occurrence of 'Sound' is upper case. When he finishes typing the title 'sound' is lower case. Later in the movie when he looks at the paper 'Sound' is upper case again. See more »

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Ted Cole: [discussing Eddie's first story] Oh, its very heartfelt. Very personal. Well, its just a collection of personal anecdotes that don't really add up to much.
Eddie O'Hare: I was just trying to see if could write something that seemed true.
Ted Cole: Oh, it seems true. It just isn't very interesting. It sort of an emotional outburst, but it really isn't a story.
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Four in the Evening
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Mail the little gold statue to Bridges right now for my money
25 July 2004 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Jeff Bridges has always seemed to me to be on the edge of doing some really good things and not quite getting there. He was pretty good in Seabiscuit and back a ways he was good as "Dude" in The Big Lebowski, but in The Door in the Floor he is stretched and put to the test in a complicated role and he is WONDERFUL in it!

The story is at times intricate and somewhat tedious, but it holds and makes its case because of Bridges. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels obliged each year to give out a best actor award. Many years I think they should just say...."none of the works meet minimum standard"...but this year we won't have to worry about that, at least one role so far is head and shoulders above the rest and that is Jeff Bridges as Ted Cole in The Door in the Floor.

Kim Basinger, still a beauty at "50 something", plays his troubled wife Marion with great style and feeling.

The story is not all that original. Tragedy and dealing with it are Hollywood fare of many decades. However, this one is a bit different and entwines a boy becomes a man twist and a whole lot more. Just go see it! It is not a typical summer movie...I wonder why it came out so early ????...but it is great.


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