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The Door in the Floor -- A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.
The Door in the Floor -- A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
John Irving (novel)
Tod Williams (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 September 2004 (Norway) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.
Plot:
A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Challenging, unique script, beautifully directed and edited See more (128 total) »

Cast

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Elle Fanning ... Ruth Cole

Jeff Bridges ... Ted Cole

Kim Basinger ... Marion Cole

Jon Foster ... Eddie O'Hare

Larry Pine ... Interviewer

John Rothman ... Minty O'Hare
Harvey Loomis ... Dr. Loomis

Bijou Phillips ... Alice

Mimi Rogers ... Evelyn Vaughn
Mike S. Ryan ... Reception Fan

Libby Langdon ... Woman at Reception
Louis Arcella ... Eduardo Gomez
Robert LuPone ... Mendelssohn

Rachel Style ... Bookstore Assistant
Amanda Posner ... Frame Shop Clerk

Donna Murphy ... Frame Shop Owner

Marion McCorry ... Bookstore Customer
Kristina Valada-Viars ... Effie
LeAnna Croom ... Glorie Mountsier

Claire Beckman ... Mrs. Mountsier
Tod Harrison Williams ... Thomas Cole
Carter Williams ... Timothy Cole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Burrascano ... Girl at Bon-Fire (uncredited)

Lynn Laurence ... Fishmonger's Wife (uncredited)

Charlie Rose ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tod Williams 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Irving (novel "A Widow for One Year")

Tod Williams (screenplay)

Produced by
Anne Carey .... producer
Michael Corrente .... producer
Julie Fischer .... post-production producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Amy J. Kaufman .... executive producer (as Amy Kaufman)
Roger Marino .... executive producer
Marisa Polvino .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
Terry Stacey 
 
Film Editing by
Affonso Gonçalves 
 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
 
Art Direction by
Nicholas Lundy 
 
Set Decoration by
Nick Evans 
 
Costume Design by
Eric Daman 
 
Makeup Department
Jane English .... body makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist: Mr. Bridges
Lori Hicks .... key makeup artist
Thomas Nellen .... makeup artist: Mr. Bridges
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Aaron F. Quarles .... key hair stylist
Sacha Quarles .... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Ms. Basinger
Mitchell Stone .... hair stylist: Ms. Basinger (as Mitch Stone)
 
Production Management
Lori Johnson .... production supervisor
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Falewicz .... second second assistant director
Bernadette Lee .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Meryl Stavitz .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Bridges .... illustrator
Gary Cergol .... art department coordinator
Gary Cergol .... graphic artist
Brent Godek .... set dresser
Dierdre Kane .... on-set dresser
Jennifer Santucci .... art department assistant
Steven Shellooe .... on-set scenic
Danielle Webb .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
David Flynch .... foley editor (as Dave B. Flynch)
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (2004)
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising adr editor
Nicholas Renbeck .... supervising dialogue editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr editor (as Victoria Sampson)
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Lila Yomtoob .... first assistant sound editor
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects librarian
Kyle Godbey .... sound effects intern (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects foreman (as Conrad V. Brink)
Connie Brink .... special effects coordinator (as Conrad F. Brink)
Edward Drohan .... special effects (as Ed Drohan)
Charlie Simunik .... special effects (as Charles Simunek)
 
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals
Adam Stern .... digital compositor
Alex Thiesen .... visual effects producer: main title sequence, THDX
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Loyd Catlett .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Keith Siglinger .... stunts
D.J. Surgent .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kip Bogdahn .... camera operator
Oliver Cary .... first assistant camera
John Clifford .... still photographer
Jeffrey Dutemple .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert K. Feldmann .... grip
Gary Jackiewicz .... grip
Tim McAuliffe .... best boy electric
Sean McCardell .... electrician
Hernan Otaño .... camera operator (as Hernan Michael Otaño)
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer
Chris Reynolds .... additional assistant camera
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... best boy grip
Tom Vulliez .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Sage Lehman .... casting assistant
Michelle Levitt .... casting assistant
Terri Tracy .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marta Font .... costumer
Nancy Mayer Allan .... costume assistant: Ms. Basinger
Christopher Peterson .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Fred Heid .... color timer
Jamie Kirkpatrick .... second assistant editor
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Craig Seti .... telecine operator
Katy Skjerping .... assistant editor (as Katherine Fisher)
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
Ben Urquhart .... post-production assistant
Joe Violante .... dailies supervisor
Martin Zeitler .... telecine operator
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Gary Chester .... music contractor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Pavel Pranil .... music contractor
Beth Rosenblatt .... music supervisor (as Beth Amy Rosenblatt)
Jiri Simunek .... copyist (as Jiri Simunek)
Marcelo Zarvos .... score producer
 
Other crew
Adi Amit .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Abby Bailey .... assistant accountant
Carlos Barbot .... production intern
David Bausch .... production coordinator
Danielle Blumstein .... production secretary
Jenn Bubka .... production assistant
Tomas Cabral .... production assistant
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Anthony Demarinis .... security: Ms. Basinger
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant
Kimberly Feinman .... location scout
Pablo Ferro .... title consultant
Simona Fish .... production intern
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant: Trevanna Post
Rich Glassey .... assistant: Michael Corrente
Nancy Grigor .... location scout
Mitchell Gutman .... production assistant
Nicola Hulme .... assistant: Mr. Bridges
Andrew Kassov .... production intern
Alan Kenny-Rudolph .... production assistant
Julie Landholt .... graphic artist: titles
Christine Leaman .... assistant location manager
Annie Marter .... assistant: Ms. Polvino
Howard Neustadt .... projectionist
Kim Noble .... assistant location manager
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist
Claire Pacacha .... assistant: Anne Carey
Eric Papa .... assistant: Mr. Hope
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Jonathan Rubenstein .... production intern
Ashley Rudden .... assistant: Ms. Carey
Ray Sullivan .... stand-in
Carter Williams .... set production assistant
Tom Yeager .... location manager
Samara Yeshaiek .... production executive
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language
Runtime:
111 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:16 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:MG6 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40314)

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Trivia:
The last minute of the movie was filmed in the United Methodist Church in Pleasantville, NY. The crew built a two story racquetball court in order for Jeff Bridges to open to door in the floor and walk down the stairs.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Ted Cole:Everything in fiction is a tool: pain, betrayal, even death. These are, you know, these are like, uh, different colors on a painter's palette. You need to use them.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Dubsonix (Bass and Drum Remix)See more »

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55 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Challenging, unique script, beautifully directed and edited, 3 July 2004
Author: Radio_Lady from Portland, Oregon

"The Door in the Floor" may be one of the best movies so far this year. It offers a moving experience and memorable characters that you will not soon forget.

The story is an adaptation of the best-selling novel, "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving (who also wrote "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules"). I haven't read the book, but the screenplay by writer/director Tod Williams is so good that it's hard to imagine that it doesn't do justice to its source. (Apparently, the book spans many decades in the life of this family; that's certainly a different approach than what is presented in the film.) Applause to Tod again for his brilliant direction in which he obtains sensitive, extraordinary performances from the sterling cast.

Jeff Bridges is sublime as Ted Cole, a children's book author. His character dominates the plot and it's an Academy Award level portrayal. Bridges only gets better with time, and he is at the top of his form here. In a more understated, introspective role, Kim Basinger plays Ted's wife, Marion Cole. It's another performance deserving of Academy Award notice. Basinger's beauty is only exceeded by the depth of her acting ability. Elle Fanning, younger sister of the talented ten-year-old Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam", "The Cat in the Hat", "Man on Fire") is an amazing, natural talent as young Ruth, daughter of Ted and Marion.

Jon Foster plays teenaged Eddie O'Hare in yet another superlative job of acting in this movie. Mimi Rogers supports well as Mrs. Vaughn. Her filmography notes she was born in January 1956, which makes her 48 years old. Few actresses would have the ability to play this movie role. She appears in a tense scene, fully nude, and filmed from every angle while she is revolved on a life model's turntable. Wow! More power to her!

"The Door in the Floor" title comes from one of Ted's children's books. We hear the story as Ted does a reading before a local audience. It is clear from the outset that the Cole family is in a state of severe distress, which relates to earlier losses of two sons. Writer/director Tod Williams is masterful in carrying the audience through the gradual and painful exposition of what happened to the couple's children, Tommy and Timothy.

Pleased be aware that all of the principals (except Ruthie) are seen in various stages of nudity in this film -- front, side, back and on top of one another. Everything is shown with great subtlety and sensitivity within the delicate context of the film. There was certainly no prurient interest in any of it. All of the nude scenes are handled in a realistic and matter-of-fact way. For example, little Ruthie sees her father naked, which some viewers may find objectionable, but which certainly works within the context of this film.

This is a movie for all seasons. It's still early in the year and we can only hope that "The Door in the Floor," with its wonderful script, direction, editing, and acting, will still be remembered as we approach nominations for the best films at the end of the year. Go out of your way to see this A++ accomplishment.

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