Reservation Road (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  19 June 2008 (Germany)
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The lives of two families change forever after a fatal tragedy takes place on Reservation Road.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Ryan Finn ...
Cello Player
Susan Powell ...
Elegant Parent
Cordell Clyde ...
Jimmy McBride (as Cordell Clyde Lochin)
Kevin Herbst ...
Driving Trooper
Norris Wheldon
Steve Cutter
Nora Ferrari ...
Nora Fannelli


On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello - beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing - and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan - the only witness - is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the ... Written by Focus Features

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Camino a la redención  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,269 (USA) (19 October 2007)


$101,440 (USA) (26 October 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The gas station where the family stops is actually the Olde Blue Bird Inn in Easton, CT. See more »


Johnny Damon is seen batting when Lucas takes a call from his mom. As Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) speaks with her on the phone a crack of the bat is heard. The crowd stands up and watches as Manny Ramirez rounds the bases, presumably after hitting a home run. Johnny Damon is nowhere to be seen. See more »


Lucas: If a man stands in a forest, with no woman around, is he still wrong?
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A vehicle full of great acting
22 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The issues dealt with in this movie are real, and I can see many people who will be able to draw from their own experiences when watching this film. You may wonder sometimes if an accident happens, how long can you hold a person accountable for? Jennifer Connelly is again a mesmerizing presence on the silver screen. I watched tonight's screening of Reservation Road in Sudbury at our Cinefest festival expecting it to tug an emotional chord. I have to say, it was touching to see all the parents in the audience shedding a tear when the credits rolled. Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo made a somewhat formulaic script feel fresh and real.

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