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The Woodsman -- A pedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
The Woodsman -- A pedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.


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21 January 2005 (USA) See more »
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A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Sympathy For The Devil: Bacon's best performance to date See more (216 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Walter

David Alan Grier ... Bob

Eve ... Mary-Kay

Kyra Sedgwick ... Vicki

Benjamin Bratt ... Carlos

Carlos Leon ... Pedro

Michael Shannon ... Rosen

Kevin Rice ... Candy

Yasiin Bey ... Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)

Hannah Pilkes ... 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
Floriane Miniscloux ... Girl in Mall (as Floriane Maniscloux)
Aunt Dot ... Saleswoman
Spencer Ross ... Sportscaster (voice)
Nicole Gibson ... Girl with Red Ball
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Van Cameron ... Lumber Yard Worker (uncredited)

Colleen Dengel ... School Girl (uncredited)

Suzanne Dengel ... School Girl (uncredited)

Laura Holloway ... Waitress (uncredited)

Ashley Jackson ... Background (uncredited)

Paul Majors ... Lumber Yard Worker (uncredited)
Bobby Prochaska ... Clerk (uncredited)

David C. Roehm Sr. ... Older Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicole Kassell 
Writing credits
Steven Fechter (play)

Nicole Kassell (screenplay) and
Steven Fechter (screenplay)

Produced by
Kevin Bacon .... executive producer
Marvet Britto .... co-executive producer
Lisa Cortes .... co-producer (as Lisa Cortés)
Lee Daniels .... producer
Damon Dash .... executive producer
Valerie Hoffman .... co-producer
Brook Lenfest .... executive producer (as Brook)
Dawn Lenfest .... executive producer
David Robinson .... co-producer (as Dave Robinson)
Simone Sheffield .... associate producer
Candice Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Xavier Grobet (director of photography) (as Xavier Pérez Grobet)
Film Editing by
Lisa Fruchtman 
Brian A. Kates 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice 
Set Decoration by
Christine Wick 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Fleming  (as Frank Fleming)
Makeup Department
Ljiljana Lee Cado .... assistant makeup artist (as Ljiljana Cado)
Diane Dixon .... key hair stylist
Anthony Giunta .... assistant hair stylist
Lindsay Irish-Desarno .... body makeup (as Lindsay Irish)
Robert Johnson .... key makeup artist
Eva N. Marinakis .... assistant makeup artist (as Eva Marinakis)
Jaqueline Noel .... hair stylist: Eve
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Michael Mezaros .... post-production supervisor
Missy Moyer .... production supervisor
Debra J. Olchick .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Casey .... second second assistant director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick Gibbons .... second assistant director (as Patrick D. Gibbons)
Art Department
Greta Alexander .... scenic artist
Scott G. Anderson .... construction coordinator (as Scott Anderson)
D. Keith Cleary .... shop craftsman
Jonathan A. Davidson .... shop craftsman (as Jonathan Davidson)
Michael Davidson .... construction grip
Matthew Dicks .... set production support
Jordan Gable .... construction grip
Michael T. Galvin .... set dresser
Jon E. Graf .... shop craftsman (as Jon Graf)
Alicia Jacobson .... charge scenic
Erika S. Katz .... scenic artist (as Erica S. Katz)
Laila Kjoersvik Swanson .... scenic artist (as Laila Swanson)
David W. Lowe .... construction grip (as David 'Bigfoot' Lowe)
Janice E. Manser .... draper (as Janice Manser)
Nicole Marsella .... art department support
Ken McCallum .... construction grip (as Kenneth Mccallum)
David McMahon .... shop craftsman (as David P. Mcmahon)
Alan J. Mehlbrech .... key construction grip
Morgan Miller .... on-set dresser
Charles D. Minter .... shop craftsman (as Charles Minter)
Evan O'Neill .... set production assistant
Sharon Potts .... property master (as Sharon L. Potts)
Charles J. Scott .... on-set dresser
Christopher Sneade .... props production assistant
Nancy Stroud .... camera scenic artist
Jay C. Stuart Jr. .... shop craftsman
Christine Sysko .... leadman
Kendra D. Wadsworth .... scenic artist (as Kendra Wadworth)
Tom West .... assistant property master
Patrick Edward White .... construction grip
Jim Williams .... set dresser
Linda Yeckley .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Joe Caterini .... re-recording mixer
Joe Caterini .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Haasch .... supervising foley editor
Brian Jordan .... boom operator (as Brian M. Jordan)
Chris Kellet .... boom operator (as Chris Kellett)
Igor Nikolic .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Michael Primmer .... boom operator
Jen Ralston .... supervising dialogue editor
Aaron J. Rudelson .... boom operator (as Aaron Rudelson)
Paul Sacco .... consultant: Dolby
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator (as Karl G.E. Wasserman)
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Russomanno .... titles and opticals: Duart
Keith Yurevitz .... titles and opticals: Duart
Brian Scott Benson .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mitch Paulson .... digital preview colorist (uncredited)
Dakota Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Norman Douglass .... stunts (as Norman Douglas)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Asbury .... best boy electric
Chris Beattie .... key grip (as Christopher Beattie)
Patrick Bentley .... photographer: Lee Daniels Entertainment
David Brandon .... electrician
Sheridan Braxton .... grip (as Sheridan Braxton Jr.)
Ryan Callahan .... grip
Mark Catania .... dolly grip
Andrew Reed Conner .... gaffer
Adger W. Cowans .... still photographer
Lindsay Curtius .... rigging grip (as Lindsay K. Curtius)
David A. Darrowski .... rigging grip (as David A. Dabrowski)
Michael Davidson .... rigging grip
Dave Fortino .... rigging grip (as David Fortino)
Susan Gabbay .... first assistant camera (as Susan Gabay)
Kevin Hackenberg .... dolly grip
Matthew Hanlon .... best boy rigging grip
Jerry Holway .... additional Steadicam operator (as Jerome Holway)
Michael Kleiman .... second assistant camera
Michael Leonard .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Craig Ligget .... rigging gaffer (as Craig Heston Liggett)
Rob Mabin .... electrician
Paul S. Magee .... director of photography: second unit
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as James O. Mayfield III)
Richard A. Mitchell .... electrician (as Richard Mitchell)
Francine Natale .... generator operator
Chong K. Pak .... additional camera loader
Brian Raby .... electrician
Kimberly A. Rial .... best boy grip (as Kimberly Rial)
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera (as Leon S. Sanginiti Jr.)
Daniel D. Sariano .... camera loader
Jennifer Schoenewald .... electrician (as Jennifer Shoenwald)
David Schwartz .... Steadicam operator
David Schwartz .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Staranowicz .... electrician
Jay Stuart .... rigging grip (as Jay Stuart Jr.)
Tim Weston .... grip
Timothy Weston .... rigging grip
Daniel Wiener .... additional camera loader
Casting Department
Diane Heery .... location casting: Mike Lemon Casting
Jason Loftus .... extras casting assistant
Maribeth Rubenstein .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teresa Binder .... costume supervisor: Philadelphia (as Teresa Binder-Westby)
Lisa R. Frucht .... costume supervisor: New York (as Lisa Frucht)
Monica Gonzalez .... costume support
Kara Morasco .... seamstress
Gabriella Palumbo .... costume support
Kathie Pierson .... on-set costumer
Maren Reese .... costume support
Editorial Department
Laura Galli .... post-production intern
Fred Heid .... color timer
Charles Herzfeld .... film lab coordinator
Florence Holdeman .... post-production intern
Desiree Jones .... post-production intern
Marin Sander-Holzman .... assistant editor
Stan Sztaba .... additional negative cutter
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor
Sam Daley .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Âsa Håkansson .... musician
Brian A. Kates .... music editor
Nathan Larson .... musician
Transportation Department
Patrick Bolger .... driver
Gregory J. Cimino .... driver
Gerald Ehresmann .... driver (as Jerry Ehresmann)
Don Greenleaf .... driver (as Donald J. Greenleaf)
Robert Hall .... driver
William M. Hamilton Jr. .... transportation coordinator (as William Hamilton Jr.)
John Keller .... driver
William MacCready .... driver (as William Mccready)
Ed Malseed .... driver
John Morrone IV .... driver (as John Marrone IV)
George Naylor .... driver (as George D. Naylor)
Robert J. Rocco .... driver
John Tarlini Jr. .... driver (as John A. Tarlini)
Other crew
Lauren Almasy .... location supporter
Nana Ashong .... set production assistant
R.C. Baral .... post-production accountant
Mary Berkelbach .... medic (as Mary Frances Berkelbach)
Jason Block .... post-production accountant
Ronald Brescio .... set production assistant
Andrew Brett .... set production assistant (as Andrew M. Brett)
Erika S. Byard .... producer/director support
Maya Choldin .... set production assistant
Andrew Cinquino .... set production assistant (as Andrew J. Cinquino)
Wayne Clemons .... chef assistant: Premiere Catering
Carol A. Compton .... clearances: Indieclear (as Carol Compton)
Amy Comstock .... accountant (as Amy S. Comstock)
Kenneth Cue .... chef: Premiere Catering
Amy D'Alio .... set production assistant
Katie R. Dailey .... craft service support
Denise DePalma .... medic (as Denise Mallee Depalma)
Victoria Dilks .... craft service assistant
Josh Dorn .... assistant location manager
Princess Idia Gamble .... producer/director support
Todd Giresi .... additional production assistant (as Todd Tirisi)
Benjamin Goldberg .... production coordinator
Staci Hagenbaugh .... location assistant
Colin Helb .... welfare worker
Michael Hernandez .... catering: Premiere Catering
Carolyn Holloway .... production consultant
Steven Holtzman .... first assistant accountant
Steven Holtzman .... payroll accountant
Jennifer James .... office production assistant
Sondra James .... loop group coordinator
Terra Johnson .... additional production assistant
Kathleen Kelly .... set medic (as Kathleen Maller Kelly)
Monique LaMontagne .... location manager (as Monique Lamontagne)
Eileen Marks .... stand-in: Ms. Sedgwick
Jason Marshall .... additional production assistant
Tommy Martin .... set production assistant (as Tom Martin)
Jonathan Martofel .... office support
Margaret Mazzei .... medic
Syreeta Mccoy .... additional production assistant
Hally McGehean .... welfare worker (as Hally Mcgehean)
Brett McKenzie .... office production assistant (as Brett Mckenzie)
Megan McNichol .... set production assistant (as Megan Mcnichol)
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Kevin Bacon / Kyra Sedgwick
Kenneth Min .... office production assistant
Barbara Muehleib .... animal coordinator
Ruben O'Malley .... office production assistant
Doreen S. Oliver-Akinnuoye .... assistant: Lee Daniels / Nicole Kassell
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Jennifer Pope .... additional production assistant
Irwin M. Rappaport .... legal services
Gil Richardson .... process trailer
Andy Sforzini .... creative consultant
Raushanah S. Shamsid-Deen .... producer/director support
Mark Shandley .... set production assistant (as Mark Shandlay)
Amy Silverman .... key set production assistant (as Amy Danielle Silverman)
James Sloane Jr. .... security officer
Edward Spencer .... craft service support
Jared Springer .... office support
Shannon Stewart .... craft service
Tim Susco .... location supporter (as Timothy Susco)
Kim Thompson .... stand-in: Mr. Bacon (as Kimberly Anne Thompson)
Pamela Thompson .... set teacher
Jim Titus .... adr voice (as James T. Williams II)
Robert Tyler .... set production assistant
Ryan Wachter .... additional production assistant
Charles Washington Jr. .... key production assistant
Thaddeus Weintzen .... craft service support
Joyce Werner .... additional production assistant
Mark Westman .... falconer
Michael J. Arbouet .... graphic artist: motion graphics and logos (uncredited)
Luis Garcia .... office clerk (uncredited)
Asger Hussain .... Assistant to Ms. Cortes & Mr. Robinson (uncredited)
L.J. Strong .... graphic artist: motion graphics and logos (uncredited)
Sarah Alpert .... thanks
David Altman .... thanks
Barry Bella .... thanks
Dinky Bingham .... thanks
Chris Brooks .... thanks
Matt Carey .... thanks
William Case .... thanks
Drew Crevello .... thanks
Carol Dysinger .... thanks
Kenny Gamble .... thanks
Stuart Gelwarg .... thanks
Kay Jackson .... thanks
Patti LaBelle .... very special thanks (as Patti Labelle)
Peter Leokum .... thanks
Bill Luterman .... thanks
Steve McKeever .... very special thanks (as Steve Mckeever)
Beth Melillo .... thanks
Tamara Menteer .... thanks
Al Momjian .... thanks
Ashley Nichols .... thanks
Natasha Kassell Osborne .... thanks
Sharon Pinkenson .... very special thanks
Hal Roseman .... thanks
Ronald Rubin .... thanks
Rashmi Skaadegard .... thanks
Mike Smyth .... thanks
John F. Street .... thanks (as Mayor John Street)
Jessica Trupin .... thanks
Vurv .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Yung .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language
87 min
Color | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:16 | Ireland:18 (video rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R

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As research, director Nicole Kassell interviewed sex offenders and therapists who worked with them.See more »
Continuity: The first time Sgt. Lucas enters the room, he notices the cherry table that Carlos brought back. The plant is already there, even though Vicki doesn't bring it to Walter until later.See more »
Carlos:[throws him a can of beer] Boy, you still think fast!
Walter:You don't need to think fast to handle a beer.
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94 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Sympathy For The Devil: Bacon's best performance to date, 27 December 2004
Author: ( from fairview, nj

THE WOODSMAN (2004) ***1/2 Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, David Alan Grier, Eve, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def, Hannah Pilkes.

Sympathy For The Devil: Bacon's best performance to date

Kevin Bacon has always been one of my favorite actors and constantly proves to be such a truly exceptional one at that. In his latest as a recently paroled convicted pedophile he gives the performance of his career that should entitle him to his first Academy Award nomination (long overdue).

Walter (Bacon) is an ex-con attempting to begin a normal life after being incarcerated for molesting several young girls. What seems to be a large task at hand only proves to be increasingly difficult for a variety of reasons including the fact his apartment is just out of reach of the mandated length he cannot be within the distance of a school which rests – tauntingly like a diabetic a candy factory – directly across the street where he now lives. This is a test he rationalizes and reports this discovery and others to his appointed therapy sessions with a psychiatrist which only makes Walter increasingly uncomfortable as the good doctor suggests he keep a journal and reflect on what he has done (or worse what he may do).

Getting a job as a factory worker in his run-down Philly suburb Walter keeps to himself especially from the slyly sexy Mary-Kay (rapper Eve) who has other plans for the newcomer and instead is befriended by the tomboyish yet open-minded Vickie (Bacon's real-life wife Sedgwick also giving a career high performance with just the right amount of fronting toughness and vulnerable empathy when she beds and eventually discovers Walter's burning secrets.

All of the proceedings lead to a keg of explosive ramifications as Walter tries desperately to walk the straight and narrow but it isn't helping matters as the deck is stacked against him in the form of police Sgt. Lucas (rap star Mos Def in the Walter Matthau role) dogging Walter as a likely suspect in rash of recent child molestings. Sooner or later Walter is going to return to his old form. Or so it seems.

Bacon is truly amazing in his implosive turn as a man so at odds with being in his own skin it threatens to suffocate him in his vein gestures at becoming 'normal' and his body language suggests a crumbling man of sand about to blow away in the winds of society. His pained, grimace of accepting his sickness only curdles his well intended desire to shirk his monstrous past but will not embrace the touchy-feely psycho-babble that he must endure to delve into his childhood as perhaps the key to his perversities.

Smartly directed by newcomer Nicole Kassel – who co-scripted the usually on-target screenplay with Steven Fechter (they bungle it when Walter's play-by-play inner monologue of a perceived local molester makes a mark outside his window is a tad uneasy) – wisely allows her character just enough rope to hang himself before reeling himself back to square one. There is a nice interplay of just the right amount of nervous tension between Bacon's Walter and a little girl named Robin (perfectly played by Pilkes) he espies one day and follows into a local park .

Bacon is a journeyman character actor trapped in a leading man's body but has what so few of his contemporaries do : moxy, talent and the chops to tackle a taboo subject without being exploitative. That is the true skill of a marksman and that is truly what Bacon is.

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