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To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.
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Joaquin Phoenix ... Ethan Learner

Elle Fanning ... Emma

Jennifer Connelly ... Grace Learner

Sean Curley ... Josh
Samuel Ryan Finn ... Cello Player

Eddie Alderson ... Lucas

Mark Ruffalo ... Dwight Arno
Susan Powell ... Elegant Parent
Cordell Clyde ... Jimmy McBride (as Cordell Clyde Lochin)

Antoni Corone ... Sergeant Burke
Kevin Herbst ... Driving Trooper

Mira Sorvino ... Ruth Wheldon

Gary Kohn ... Norris Wheldon

John Slattery ... Steve Cutter
Nora Ferrari ... Nora Fannelli

Linda Dano ... Grandmother

John Rothman ... Minister
Geisha Otero ... Blanca

Brett Haley ... Brett
Sinead Daly ... American Girl

Armin Amiri ... Rashid

Johnathan Tchaikovsky ... Jock (as Johnny Tchaikovsky)
Lee Goffin-Bonenfant ... Student
Americk Lewis ... African American Student
Danny Johnson ... Investigating Trooper

Bill Camp ... Desk Trooper
Stephanie Weyman ... Cheryl

Raum-Aron ... Gerry
Debra Robinson ... Parent
Michael Anzalone ... Dwight's Neighbor

David Anzuelo ... Raul
Julian Rebolledo ... News Announcer (voice)

Peter Pamela Rose ... News Announcer (voice)
Kathryn Markey ... News Announcer (voice)
Ross Klavan ... News Announcer (voice) (as Ross Klaven)

Sean Oliver ... Podcast (voice)

Blanca Camacho ... Podcast (voice)

Jason Harris ... Podcast (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Albanese ... Father (uncredited)

David Boston ... Motorist (uncredited)

Mary Kate Malat ... Child in Recital (uncredited)
Eric Minor ... Amusement Park Worker (uncredited)

Robert Nardi ... Amusement Park Parent (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry George 
Writing credits
John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay) and
Terry George (screenplay)

John Burnham Schwartz (novel)

Produced by
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Dean M. Leavitt .... executive producer
Gina Resnick .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
John Lindley 
Film Editing by
Naomi Geraghty 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Ford Wheeler 
Art Direction by
Kim Jennings 
Set Decoration by
Chryss Hionis 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... department head hair (as Jerrold DeCarlo)
Lori Hicks .... department head makeup
Sandra Linn Koepper .... key makeup artist
Jackie Payne .... key hair stylist (as Jacqueline Payne)
Joseph Whitmeyer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
David Gerson .... executive in charge of production
Lori Johnson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris DeAngelis .... second second assistant director
Eric Henriquez .... first assistant director: second unit
A. Kitman Ho .... second unit director
Eddie Micallef .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Xanthus Valan .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Robert Antalocy .... carpenter
Stephen Caldwell .... scenic artist
Shannon Canfield .... set dresser
William J. Canfield .... set dresser
Sarah Chase .... set dresser: additonal photography
Ray Fisher .... leadman
Yolan Fisher .... assistant props
Shelly Goldhar .... graphic artist
Theresa Gonzalez .... scenic industrial
Deborah Greene .... assistant set decorator
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic artist
Philip Kennedy .... camera scenic
David Kleinstein .... set dresser
Eric M. Metzger .... assistant property master
Marcus Migliore .... set dresser
John Millard .... on-set dresser
Dan Pemberton .... construction coordinator: additional photography
Ronnie Petagna .... carpenter
Ruben Rodas .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Rollins .... property master
Sam Rosedietcher .... set dresser
Kimberly Slosek .... assistant props
Richard Tenewitz .... construction coordinator
Robert Zorella .... art department coordinator
Flo Frintzilas .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Saviel Rivera .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... sound
Scott Cannizzaro .... adr mixer
Bob Chefalas .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Rick Chefalas .... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer
Suzanne Goldish .... sound intern
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Lawrence Herman .... sound re-recordist
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recordist
Craig Kyllonen .... adr recordist
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Allen Lau .... apprentice sound editor
Paloma Mele .... assistant adr editor
Tyler Parkinson .... pre-record engineer
Lenny Rabinowitz .... adr recording engineer
Bobby Roelofs .... additional sound utility
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Jason Stasium .... ProTools playback mixer
Jason Stasium .... sound utility
Paul Urmson .... sound
Steven Utt .... adr recordist
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Doug Coleman .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title
Christopher Ian Hayes .... digital effects artist
Ted Markovic .... digital effects artist
Robert Pik .... Flame operator
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Tony Noel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator (as George Aquilar)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Paul Marini .... stunts
Eddie Micallef .... stunts
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
Bryan Farrell Wilson .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Anthony Molinari .... stunt double: Mark Ruffalo (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Battle .... grip
James R. Belletier .... first assistant director: second unit (as Jim Belletier)
Fred Cohen .... electrician
Stephen Consentino .... Steadicam operator
Stephen Consentino .... camera operator: "a" camera
Craig DiBona .... camera operator: second unit
Craig DiBona .... director of photography: second unit
Glen Engels .... best boy grip
Richard Guinness Jr. .... key grip
Chris Henry .... electrician
Marc Hirschfeld .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Petr Hlinomaz .... gaffer: second unit
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Chris Koch .... grip (as Christopher Koch)
Sal Lanza .... key grip: second unit
Gus Limberis .... camera loader (as Constantine Limberis)
Manuel Agusto Lopez .... electrician
Brian C. Mackey .... loader: second unit (as Brian Mackey)
Chuck Maloney .... lamp operator
John Marcotte .... grip
Robert McGavin .... rigging gaffer (as Robert J. McGavin)
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Timothy Metivier)
Derek Murphy .... best boy electric
Macall B. Polay .... still photographer
Brent Poleski .... dolly grip
K. August Reinfried .... electrician
Lance Rieck .... remote camera technician
Daniel D. Sariano .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Danny Sariano)
John Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Joseph Sciretta .... gaffer
Pierson Silver .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Mark Stetz .... Genny operator
John Tanzer .... gaffer: second unit
Alexis van Kersen Li .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Adam Hall .... set grip (uncredited)
Chris Henry .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jarrod Kloiber .... set electrician (uncredited)
Dennis A. Livesey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roy Nowlin .... electrician (uncredited)
Steven Search .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Craig Striano .... crane operator: Technocrane (uncredited)
Vance Tucker .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sophia M. Costas .... extras casting
Lee Genick .... extras casting
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Anzalone .... costume supervisor
Cameron Dale .... costume production assistant (as Cameron Folan)
Erica Furey .... additional wardrobe (as Erika Furey)
Rebecca Hofherr .... assistant costume designer
Kathy Karbowski .... costume supervisor (as Katherine Karbowski)
Kate Quinlan .... key costumer
Lauren Valentine .... costume production assistant
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... film color timer
Chris Gennarelli .... dailies colorist
Gardner Gould .... post-production intern
Jennifer Lame .... apprentice editor
Jennifer Lilly .... assistant editor
Arturo Sosa .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Mara Alcaly .... location production assistant
Ellen Athena Catsikeas .... assistant location manager
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Sean Mayo .... location assistant
Len Murach .... location scout
Thomas J. Whelan .... location manager
Music Department
Constance E. Barrett .... cello tutor: Sean Curley
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... music editor
Nora Felder .... music supervisor
Andrew Findon .... musician: clarinet solos (as Andy Findon)
Matt Franko .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Mark Isham .... musician: piano solos
Cindy O'Connor .... orchestrator
John Orford .... musician: bassoon solos
Michael Perfitt .... producer: additional music
Michael Perfitt .... writer and performer: original song
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
D'Anne Rygg .... piano instructor: Elle Fanning
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
James Shearman .... conductor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Kathleen Theisen .... piano instructor: Elle Fanning
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello
Jonathan Williams .... musician: principal cello
Transportation Department
Edward Devereaux II .... transportation co-captain
Amber R. Kirsch .... transportation
Charles Spillane .... transportation captain
Timothy Stephens .... driver: honeywagon
John R. Dove .... fuel truck driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John Alfred .... finance executive
Taylor Black .... production secretary
Harrison Bohrman .... accounting clerk
Fallon Brooking .... adr loop group
James Crispino .... production assistant
David Crommett .... adr loop group
Connor Driscoll .... office production assistant
T.J. Federico .... set production assistant
Erica Fishman .... production assistant
Sarah Follett .... set location assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Matt Grimm .... assistant to producer
Steve Guilbaud .... production accountant
Gretely Hailyn .... photo-double: Elle Fanning
Gretely Hailyn .... stand-in: Elle Fanning
Brett Haley .... assistant to director
Kevin Holland .... adr loop group
Jonathan Hova .... adr loop group
Ashley Kravitz .... legal clearances
Antony Langdon .... assistant: Mr. Phoenix
Yana Collins Lehman .... post-production accountant
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor
Jennifer Madeloff .... assistant production office coordinator
Ernie Malik .... publicist
Sarah Manowitz .... production assistant
Rosa Mayer .... asset manager
Spike McClure .... adr loop group
Paul C. McKenna .... technician: Technocrane
Christie Moreau .... adr loop group
Mario Nila .... production assistant
Lorna Nowve .... payroll accountant
Izzy Palmieri .... adr loop group (as Isabella Palmieri)
Paul Pangman .... film runner
Joe Piasecki .... set production assistant
Michael A. Rizzo .... production assistant
Holly S. Rymon .... production office coordinator
Harry Sando Jr. .... additional set production assistant
Ben Schaeffer .... production assistant
William Sepulveda .... co-key craft service
Shayna Shaskin .... adr loop group
Missy Simms .... welfare/studio teacher
Eugene Stamos .... craft service
Rose Stockton .... adr loop group
Jonathan Sunderman .... production assistant
Miriam Tielmann .... additional production assistant
Christopher Tracy .... stand-in
Lou Ursone .... stand-in: Mark Ruffalo
Eva Vedock .... key craft service
Sarah Wang .... production assistant
Bruce Winant .... adr loop group
Neil Winterlich .... research consultant
Zach Wolf .... production assistant
Jake Worden .... key production assistant: second unit
Jamie H. Zelermyer .... production executive
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images
102 min
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Did You Know?

The gas station where the family stops is actually the Olde Blue Bird Inn in Easton, CT.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[last lines]
Dwight Arno:[Lucas watching the video tape] I just want you to remember these last days that we had together, and how wonderful they were. And I feel like I've been able to be the father to you that you really deserve. I guess what I'm just trying to say, is that I'm sorry...
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Referenced in I'm Still Here (2010/I)See more »
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48 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Reservation Road, 4 January 2008
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

You wonder what goes through the minds of those involved in hit and run accidents. In that split second after impact, you are presented a choice, and your life will change, one way or the other. One probably has to consider whether to stop and render assistance, and in doing so owning up to the accident, but having a chance to save a life if the circumstances allow for it. Or to hope that nobody saw you did what you did, and bolt. Negligent drivers, either through drink driving, or being distracted while on the road, probably won't elicit much sympathy, especially so from the family of the victim, and in Reservation Road, powerful drama is weaved amongst the characters on both sides of the hit and run equation.

Reservation Road refers to the scene of the crime, where the Learners - dad Ethan (Joaquin Phoenix), mom Grace (Jennifer Connelly) and daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) lose their son/brother in an accident, caused by a man in a baseball cap, driving an SUV. On this angle, we follow through the pain of the family who suffer a terrible loss. The dad Ethan slowly degenerates into an obsessive wreck, trying in vain to pursue the perpetrator who's out there, through his own dogged investigations when he realizes that the cops can only do what they can given extremely limited leads which yielded no progress. The mom Grace, while at first finding it hard to accept the truth - and in the initial days, the simplest of reasons to pin the guilt in, will resonate deeply - but we see how she draws strength in the hope of keeping the family spirits up. And the daughter finds ways to cope with the loss through channeling her energies into performance.

On the other angle, Mark Ruffalo plays Dwight the lawyer, who's estranged from his wife Ruth (Mira Sorvino) and has visiting rights to their son. When the accident happens, in that split second he made the inevitable decision for self preservation, and while he may have momentarily escape from justice and the law, negative karma dictates that he will live his life being tormented by guilt from that point on, all this while trying to provide reason that he based his decision on being able to be free from jail, to continue seeing his son. Confession and owning up will see himself in the slammer, and probably losing everything. I thought this part of the story was the more interesting one. On one hand we judge that he's a coward, of not being a man in owning up to the wrong that he did. On the other, we also realize his pain and his fear - it takes a lot to own up, especially when it involves lives being taken away, and from people we remotely know, no thanks to six degrees of separation.

Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), some might wonder if the coming together of the key characters are a tad convenient. We have father to father in a lawyer-client position, and one mother being the teacher of the other's child. Putting them together will lead to the inevitable, but it is this unravelling of the truth, that keeps us engaged to a gripping ending. Scenes that will make you seethe with rage, and probably whisper a silent curse, will be those where opportunities for confession are presented, but each time spurned. As the saying goes, a lie begets a larger lie, and it will snowball before you realize that the lie becomes to difficult to cover up.

Kudos go all round to the entire cast, save for Sorvino's role which is more cameo than supporting, mainly also because the tanglement of the complicated situation doesn't affect her character directly. Ruffalo put on a commendable performance as the man wrecked by guilt, and he fleshed his character with incredible nuances we usually associate when we are fearful, and guilty. You can feel pain through Joaquin's performance of the dad looking for justice, but finds himself being unsatisfied by the system of the law, and learns that sometimes the law and justice conflict each other, and offer the layman little or no protection, unlike those such as diplomats who have powers at their disposal. Jennifer Connelly of late plays nothing but pained wives/mothers/girlfriends (A Beautiful Mind, Hulk, Dark Water, Little Children), so there's nothing really new in her role her. But I would like to single out little Elle Fanning. While her role here is fairly simple, I thought she had exhibited much more screen presence and likability than her more illustrious sister Dakota, who has disappeared after her last outing in Charlotte's Web. Hopefully we get to see more of Elle taking on challenging kid/teen roles in time to come.

Reservation Road is recommended for being a powerful drama with excellent an excellent cast. Usually movies like these will have the mothers bawling and the picture being a weepy drama, but here, the movie shifts its focus to the love of fathers toward their sons, and that makes it well worth a watch.

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