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The Woodsman (2004)

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A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

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7 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Bob
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Mary-Kay
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Pedro
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Rosen
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Candy
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Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
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Robin
Jessica Nagle ...
Annette
Liam Daniels ...
Boy at Playground
Joey Hazinsky ...
Cherub
Clara Hopkins Daniels ...
Little Girl on Bus (as Clara Infinity Daniels)
Ashley C. Coombs ...
Girl on Bus
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Storyline

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Nothing can undo the past. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language | See all certifications »

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon in mir  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,985 (USA) (24 December 2004)

Gross:

$42,069 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Trivia

The part in the movie where he is looking down at a children's carousel was shot in the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Pennsylvania. See more »

Goofs

The first time Walter and Vicki drive in her truck, the transmission is clearly in "park". See more »

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Walter: Uncommon beauty is commonly overlooked.
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Crazy Credits

In the soundtrack section of the credits, for the song "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)," "Performed" is misspelled as "Perfromed". See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.1 (2010) See more »

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Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
(1975)
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.), Jerome Brailey and Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins)
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Ignore the low rating
6 October 2004 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Vancouver Film Festival. Not only was it one of the best movies I saw at the fest, but one of the best of the year. I truly believed it to be Bacon's career performance.

The script is solid, full of great dialogue and thick symbolism. The characters all fully developed and never one-sided. Each has their dark side. A commendable effort to Emmy winner, Mos Def, who makes us hate him when he's a good cop, and love him when he's a bad one.

The reason the rating is so low is because it's hard to accept a character that is a child molester. Probably because everyone knows someone or is someone who has been sexually abused. This is a film about redemption and forgiveness--something we can all definitely agree with. It is also a story about humanity--something we all have in common.


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