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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 ... 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

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There goes the neighborhood! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Conspiracy theorists have pointed to key remaining questions in the Oklahoma bombing as proof that there were likely other accomplices, such as unidentified suspects who rented the van used to carry the bomb, reports of undetonated bombs in the building's remains, suspicious individuals seen in the area days before the bombing, etc. This questioning of the official explanation is similar to what Faraday was trying to tell his students in the class. See more »

Goofs

Michael Faraday drives over the same part of the bridge twice while following the delivery van. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Lang: [Talking about Grant] If you want to be his father, you will walk to your house, sleep in your bed, teach your classes, and live your life!
Michael Faraday: What are you doing? How many people are you going to kill?
Oliver Lang: Well, if I see any strange cars on my street, if you feel compelled to talk to someone, a federal agent perhaps, I imagine we're just going to kill one.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release contains an alternate ending showing Grant and Oliver having a conversation that hints that Grant may know the truth about what happened to his father. See more »


Soundtracks

Neon Reprise
Written by Simon Shackleton & Howard Saunders
Performed by Lunatic Calm
Published by MCA Music Ltd. And Junkbond Ltd. And Wardlaw Music
All rights for the Western Hemisphere and Southeast Asia
Controlled and administered by MCA Music Publishing, a Division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Lunatic Calm courtesy of MCA Records UK
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Underplayed acting makes for a taught thriller
11 July 2000 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

Bridges plays the same character as always, but fits nicely into this part. Robbins plays a very back stage part for most of the film, the main concentration is on the small minded paranoia of Bridges. Brilliant film which brings home some harsh, hard truths about American society and security. An interesting storyline, which excels beyond the average Hollywood thriller, the typical guessing game of the goodies and baddies plays a secondary role to the real story. A uniquely intelligent terrorist thriller from Hollywood. Don't miss it.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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