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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:
Still haven't decided how seriously I should take this one See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The painting of "The Door in the Floor" was actually painted by Jeff Bridges.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Marion Cole:Am I going to die? No, you're not going to die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
My Neck, My BackSee more »

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44 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Still haven't decided how seriously I should take this one, 1 November 2004

Spoilers

A few days after watching the movie and reading an assortment of reviews from IMDb, local magazines, New York Times to Ebert, I still have not made up my mind how seriously I should take this one.

The two names alone, Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, should make any serious moviegoers sit up and take note. As well, the subject matter itself is not something to be taken lightly, the tragic loss of children and the devastating aftermath to the parents. (Two films dealing with this subject matter immediately come to mind, Moonlight Mile and In the Bedroom, both quite 'serious' in a sense, particularly the latter). The movie losses no time in coming directly to the point, in a scene where the silent gloom freezes the air, with children books author Ted (Bridges) suggesting to Marion (Basinger) that they should have a trial separation. However, as the events unfold, it seems as if the moviemakers are worried that the audience wouldn't be able to take this heavy stuff, and start to lead us through a maze of eccentricities that almost become noire.

The catalyst is 16-year-old writing student Eddie (Jon Foster) hired by Ted as a summer apprentice. It soon becomes quite evident that Ted has little intention to get Eddie involved in literary pursuits, but wants him rather as a chauffeur (Ted has lost his own license through drunk driving charges) and maybe also as a backup baby sitter for little Ruth (Elle Fanning). (A deeper reason for choosing Eddie was revealed much later). A little reminiscent of The Graduate, Marion's seduction of Eddie is however handled with much more gentleness and even some comic relief. Meanwhile, Ted's licentious relationship with a neighbour becomes noir-ish as we see him chased around the swimming pool by her with a butcher knife.

The 'hook' in the movie is the delay in revealing to the audience the details of the tragic events that led to the death of the couple's two sons (one of whom looked remarkably like Eddie). The revelation, when it comes, isn't exactly earth shattering, but does serve to give the strained relationship between Ted and Marion another dimension. And we will recall that throughout the movie, we see very little of direct interaction between them. After Eddie's arrival they seem to be communicating through him.

Bridges and Basinger are definitely the reasons for watching this movie. From underneath the eccentricity of Ted and the sensuality of Marion, Bridges and Basinger portray beautifully the depth of helplessness of these two characters. Little known Jon Foster is perfectly cast to bring out convincingly the innocence of Eddie. Little Elle Fanning ably demonstrates the family acting tradition. I noticed from her filmography that she played the 2-year-old stage of the character her sister Dakota played in I Am Sam.

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