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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael Faraday
... Oliver Lang
... Cheryl Lang
... Brooke Wolfe
... FBI Agent Whit Carver
... Brady Lang
... Grant Faraday
... Dr. Archer Scobee
... Nurse
... Orderly
... Troopmaster
... Delivery Man
Sid Hillman ... Phone Technician
... Hannah Lang
Mary Ashleigh Green ... Daphne Lang
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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

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How well do you know your neighbour? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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9 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Arlington Rd.  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,145, 11 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,362,501, 26 September 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,067,311, 26 September 1999
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2.35 : 1
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Michael Faraday, Jeff Bridges' character, was also the name of a real-life chemist and physicist who did pioneering work in the field of electromagnetism. Michael Faraday is also the name of a street in Reston, Virginia, in which the film takes place. Faraway made a cage of copper, Faraday cage, it cuts off electronic signals See more »

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When Michael is sleeping and is woken up by FBI Agent Whit Carver's phone call, you see the boom mic dip in, with white tape around its tip, then swing back out as he reaches for the phone. See more »

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Oliver Lang: Never wiser than when we're children. They say it and it's true. We'll never see things that clear again.
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Written and Produced by Miriam Cutler
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Solid thriller – good paranoia and good ending
21 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Professor Faraday teaches on terrorism and FBI tactics in Washington, despite losing his wife in a blundered FBI raid on suspected terrorists. When new neighbours move in next door he begins to suspect that the husband Oliver Lang has a double life and may be part of an internal terrorist movement. However as he looks into Lang's past the evidence seems to lead nowhere – is he just being paranoid?

This starts well. It feeds off the US paranoia that has arisen from the fact that they are as likely to be attacked from within as they are from external agents. That said we are really not sure if Lang has a past or if Faraday is just paranoid. This tension is good right up till the lines are drawn in the sand and goodies and baddies are identified. At this point it becomes a more traditional cat and mouse thriller – but even then it is better than most of the same ilk. The tension builds to a great ending whose only fault is dragging it's point out over a few minutes.

Bridges is great as the crumbling Faraday – he sometimes get a little bug-eye crazy at times but overall he works very well. Robbins is also good for the most part – his average Joe with bite act is good and his ruthless terrorist (maybe!) has some genuine menace about it. However outside of the main two I can't say anyone caught my eye in particular.- but they were all good nevertheless.

Overall this is a superior thriller that trades off USA fear of internal terrorism. The plot may be a little too neat at times, but the ending is worth seeing.


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