Revolutionary Road (2008) Poster


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Shot in sequence.
While directing the love scene between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, director Sam Mendes (husband of Winslet at the time) opted to watch the monitor from another room.
The rights to adapt the book into a movie were bought in 1967.
Though it's never named in the film, in Richard Yates' source novel, the play April acts in (apparently badly) is Robert E. Sherwood's "The Petrified Forrest," written in 1935. In the play, the main female character, Gabby, dreams of leaving what she sees as a humdrum existence in the U.S. to move to France, just as April does.
In the end credits it says "For Mia and Joe". Mia is Kate Winslet's daughter with her first husband Jim Threapleton. Joe is Winslet's and director Sam Mendes' son.
The first film collaboration between Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes.
The song that was audible throughout the main trailer was "Wild Is the Wind," written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington and performed by Nina Simone. The song did not appear in the actual movie at least in part because it was not released until 1957 (two years after the main setting year of this film). Johnny Mathis was the first singer to record it (for the movie Wild Is the Wind (1957)) and it was nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Nina Simone's recording was made in 1966.
Ryan Simpkins and Ty Simpkins, who play Frank and April's children, are real-life siblings.
The second time Kathy Bates has played opposite both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Matt Damon was considered for Frank Wheeler, but couldn't do it due to scheduling conflicts.
First movie Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have worked on together since Titanic (1997). Paramount Pictures, which distributed the early film in the US, was the worldwide distributor of this film.
The tickets to Paris are on a Cunard Line steamer. Cunard Line merged with White Star Line, which built and owned the Titanic. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Titanic (1997).
The second time Kate Winslet has been in a movie where she makes love in a vintage car and someone's hand hits the window and slides down it in the throes of passion. The first time was Titanic (1997).
At around 61 minutes during an argument, a fallen painting of the Titanic is visible in the bottom left of the frame, behind April.
Todd Field had planned to follow up In the Bedroom (2001) with this film, but he decided to make Little Children (2006) (also starring Kate Winslet and Ty Simpkins) instead.
The first time Kate Winslet plays a character named April, the second time Leonardo DiCaprio plays a character named Frank, and the third time Kathy Bates plays a character named Helen.
Some scenes in the US and International trailer were not included in the final cut of the movie, such as the scene of Frank's "Nothing's forever, right?" line and the scene with Helen showing the Wheelers their soon-to-be home.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates; and one Oscar nominee: Michael Shannon.
Marks the second collaboration between good friends: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, after Titanic (1997), where they also played lovers.
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Producer Elliott Kastner planned to make this in the late 60's.
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This is Leonardo DiCaprio second time playing a character name Frank. First one was Frank Jr which was catch me if you can.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It is noted above that Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kathy Bates all appeared in Titanic (1997), but the character interrelationships here are almost exactly the inverse. In Titanic (1997), Winslet and Dicaprio are members of different classes but with similar values, and their love proved stronger than society's rules. In this film, they are both middle class but with different priorities imprinted upon them by society, and it is society's pressure that causes their fundamental schism. In Titanic (1997) Kathy Bates' character is a rich person with commoner values who approved of the main character's dreams and believed the rules of society were ridiculous. In this film, Bates is a middle-class suburbanite who puts on airs of "propriety" and promotes the oppressive rules of society to such a degree that she alienates her own son and hypocritically "never liked" her good friends the Wheelers after their scandal.
In 1955, the year most of the movie is set, abortion was illegal throughout the US. It remained illegal in most states until Roe v. Wade in 1973 (see also the trivia for Dirty Dancing (1987)). In Connecticut, it was also illegal to buy or use any form of contraception, until Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965. One of Frank's work friends jokes that April's pregnancy was the result of a faulty prophylactic, but it would have been illegal for the Wheelers to use any form of birth control. Since Frank worked in New York, he could have brought birth control there, but its use in Connecticut still would have been illegal. In the book April comments that she felt her diaphragm was loose the night they conceived, and that she had to go out the next day to buy a replacement.
At the end of Titanic (1997), Leonardo DiCaprio's character dies and Kate Winslet's lives. At the end of this film, the opposite happens: Winslet dies and DiCaprio lives.
There are two scenes of on-screen sexual intercourse. In both instances, the man climaxes and the woman does not. A third scene (the secretary) only references the act, but still communicates that the man's satisfaction was the priority.

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