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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.


Mark Pellington


Ehren Kruger
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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 ... 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


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


There goes the neighborhood! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

9 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arlington Rd. See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bend County, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film, when Bridges is showing a bombing slideshow to his class, he describes a bombing incident that occurred in St. Louis, MO at the Federal Roosevelt Building carried out by (fictitious) bomber Ian Scobee. The photo in the slideshow is actually of the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia which occurred in 1996, and Bridge's description of the St. Louis attack is more consistent with the facts of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, including the rented truck and destruction of the daycare center. In fact, no such St. Louis attack ever took place and there was never a Roosevelt Federal Building in St. Louis. See more »


When Oliver Lang is speaking with Michael Faraday at the batting cages, he is holding the bat with both left and right hand grips alternating in several quick cuts. See more »


Oliver Lang: [about to view the explosion] Boom.
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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 »


Referenced in Fraudulent (2015) See more »


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asinine, unbelievable, contrived, foolish, paranoid
23 July 1999 | by abazar-2See all my reviews

This incredible, paranoiac, pseudo drama demands the viewer to have paid for his popcorn with his brain.

The story also requires a combination of incredible coincidence and a truly paranoid sense of an enemy's (whosoever it may be) cunning, perfection, and evil to succeed.

The ending is neither spellbinding, gripping, nor cleverly constructed. The chase was pedestrian and agonizing. I wish I could discuss the ending in more detail but afterwards I suggest that the viewer, if one is foolish enough to waste one's money in attending or time in staying to the end, stop and realize all the coincidences that were necessary for the plot to have resulted in the end result---all of the incredible machinations that had to take place. And that means it started at the beginning; if so, what was all that nonsense at the end about?

If ashes or skeletons can vomit, Hitchcock will be vomiting in his grave at the comments by some that there is any suspense or that the twist requires anything less than absolute gullibility of the audience to succeed.

I do not usually comment--especially negatively--but I was angered by the insult to intelligence and good taste that this movie was.

It was a profoundly silly plot; the acting was wasted. The politics idiotic; the moralizing, unbelievable. This was a made-for-TV piece of junk which for some unknown reason has been expanded to the big screen. What a waste!!!! Not only have I added the director to my "avoid-like-the-plague" list but I am not sure I will ever trust the person who dragged me to the film again. Oh well, she will get a bye this time.

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