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Down to the Bone (2004)

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy (as Caridad De La Luz)
Jasper Daniels ...
Ben (as Jasper Moon Daniels)
Taylor Foxhall ...
Giles Penderghast ...
Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna ...
Richard Lieske ...
Hector Vasquez ...
Joel Saeks ...
Lori Berryman ...
Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde ...
Gia Mitchell ...


Winter in hard-scrabble upstate New York. Irene is working class, a mother of two boys, and a user of cocaine. She gets into trouble and checks into a rehab program where she meets Bob, a nurse. After she goes home to her husband and returns to her job as a grocery checker, she stays in touch with Bob and the intimations of an affair begin. By now, she's changed jobs, cleaning houses with her friend Lucy. The temptations of drugs are close at hand. Can she handle sobriety? What about Bob? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Old Habits Die Hard



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2005 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Az do kosci  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,352 (USA) (25 November 2005)


$7,352 (USA) (25 November 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Extension of Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Short SNAKEFEED. See more »


Anytime the aquarium and snake are shown with the actors, it has wood chips in it. Whenever the snake is fed, it only has newspapers and rocks in it. See more »


Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »


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Vera Farmiga was GREAT in this movie
28 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Down to the Bone' is a mirror depiction of the lower-to-middle class struggle to keep clean while trying to overcome the perils of poverty and raise a family. It is not your typical run-of-the-mill addiction story either, revealing the darker sides of the problem and focusing on the lives it so often can tear apart. Vera Farmiga was the shining star in this role as Irene, a mother of two trying to keep her cocaine addiction a secret and save a marriage on the rocks. At 'Sundance' Vera took home 'The Special Jury Prize' for her performance and Director Debra Granik won the 'Director's Award.' It's no wonder that Martin Scorsese went out of his way to get her for her upcoming role in "The Departed." She is and will be a great actress in Hollywood for years to come. I look forward to her success in the future.

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