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Revolutionary Road (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 January 2009 (USA)
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A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.



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It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sólo un sueño  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$189,911 (USA) (26 December 2008)


$22,877,808 (USA) (27 March 2009)

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The morning after Frank and April decide to move to Paris, Frank leaves the house wearing a dark red tie. He wears the same tie in the office, when he tells the boys he's moving. Frank's tie is light yellow at lunch; in fact, everyone's tie is different. When he gets back to the office, his tie is red. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Wheeler: So, what do you do?
April Wheeler: I'm studying to be an actress. You?
Frank Wheeler: I'm a longshoreman.
April Wheeler: No, I'm mean, really.
Frank Wheeler: I mean really, too. Although starting next Monday I'm doing something a little more glamorous.
April Wheeler: What's that?
Frank Wheeler: Night cashier at a cafeteria.
April Wheeler: I don't mean how you make money. I mean, what are you interested in?
Frank Wheeler: Honey, if I had the answer to that one, I bet I'd bore us both to death in half an hour.
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In a class of its own!
16 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

YES! it's that good. What a brilliant achievement for Mendes/Winslet/Dicaprio and the rest of the cast. this is easily one of the best movies I have ever watched.

The quality of the acting - my goodness - just looking into the eyes of Winslet during some cut-scenes sends you into a roller coaster of emotions. Michael Shannon in the very short scenes he is seen delivers an outstanding performance. Expect no lesser brilliance from Dicaprio either.

What else can I say, Art direction simply sublime! Honestly, the recreation of that era was so wonderfully done. To top it all off, a phenomenal musical score from Thomas newman - Give him his Oscar already!

I am very surprised this has been overlooked by the Oscars in favour of movies like Benjamin Button, Milk. Also, Winslet definitely deserved a double nomination for lead actress, in fact I would have picked her for this movie rather than the Reader.

Anyhow, I thoroughly recommend this to all. This one shouldn't be missed.

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