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Arlington Road (1999)

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A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly.

Director:

Mark Pellington

Writer:

Ehren Kruger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Michael Faraday
Tim Robbins ... Oliver Lang
Joan Cusack ... Cheryl Lang
Hope Davis ... Brooke Wolfe
Robert Gossett ... FBI Agent Whit Carver
Mason Gamble ... Brady Lang
Spencer Treat Clark ... Grant Faraday
Stanley Anderson ... Dr. Archer Scobee
Viviane Vives ... Nurse
Lee Stringer Lee Stringer ... Orderly
Darryl Cox ... Troopmaster
Loyd Catlett ... Delivery Man
Sid Hillman Sid Hillman ... Phone Technician
Auden Thornton ... Hannah Lang
Mary Ashleigh Green Mary Ashleigh Green ... Daphne Lang
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Storyline

In suburban Reston, Virginia, George Washington University American History professor Michael Faraday is still mourning the death of his wife, FBI agent Leah Faraday, after three years. His inside knowledge of the agency colors what he teaches in his classes. Although on good terms with Leah's ex-partner, Whit Carver, and the agency in general, Michael wants the agency at least to acknowledge their responsibility in her death in the line of duty. Michael is moving on with his personal life, he being in a serious relationship with his former teaching assistant Brooke Wolfe. Although he likes Brooke, Michael and Leah's nine year old son, Grant Faraday, may not yet be quite ready for Brooke to be a permanent part of their lives. It is only in helping adolescent Brady Lang who he sees in medical distress that Michael meets his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, Brady's parents. In the process, Michael and Brooke becomes friends with the Langs, as Grant and Brady become friends. ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

On July 9, terror hits home. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arlington Rd. See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bend County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,145, 11 July 1999

Gross USA:

$24,756,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,067,311
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The script for this film, written by Ehren Kruger, was discovered when it won the Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting competition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is only the sixth winner of the competition to actually be produced. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver gets into the car in the garage and in every scene that you can see him driving, with Brooke following him, he is on the left side of the car. However, at the courier place, he gets out of the right side and there is a steering wheel on the right side which he uses to lift himself out of the car. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Lang: How was St. Louis? Dr. Scobee doing all right?
Michael Faraday: [stammering; scared to death] I was right... I...
Oliver Lang: You're doing it again, Michael. I told you if you want to know something about me, just ask.
Michael Faraday: [frantic] Where's my son? Where's Grant? Where is he?
Oliver Lang: He's with mine. They're safe. They're out on an excursion...
Michael Faraday: [cutting him off] I saved your son's life!
Oliver Lang: I'm sorry, what?
Michael Faraday: I said I saved your son's life!
Oliver Lang: I know you did. That is the reason why you're still alive.
Michael Faraday: But... what about Brooke? Did you...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The R-rated version is missing the graphic gore that was in the original shooting script of the film. The UNCUT bootleg of the workprint version is on some bootlegger's websites and has ALL the graphic gore cut to avoid the "X" rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Day by Day: A Director's Journey Part I (2003) See more »

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Amistad Armadillo
Written and Produced by Miriam Cutler
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The "how to" on making a good thriller.
27 March 2004 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

"Arlington Road" is the perfect example for how thrillers should be made.

A good story, a good atmosphere, good actors and voila! you have got a good thriller. "Arlington Road" has got it all and it's a near perfect movie that is a must see for the thriller fans.

The intense beginning sets the mood for the rest of the movie. It's atmospheric and tense right till the good ending. I'll admit that there are some slow moments and some distracting plot lines but it doesn't take away the tension or ruins the atmosphere in any kind of way.

The movie is very well casted with Jeff Bridges as the more and more paranoid getting Michael Faraday and Tim Robbins as his neighbour that he begins to suspects of being a terrorist. Both main actors pull of really well and help to created the good thriller atmosphere that this movie has.

Good thriller with a great atmosphere, story, actors and ending that will stay with you forever.

9/10

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