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The Glass House (2001)

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An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writer:

Wesley Strick
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Ruby Baker
Diane Lane ... Erin Glass
Stellan Skarsgård ... Terrence 'Terry' Glass
Bruce Dern ... Begleiter
Kathy Baker ... Nancy Ryan
Trevor Morgan ... Rhett Baker
Chris Noth ... Uncle Jack
Michael O'Keefe ... Dave Baker
Vyto Ruginis ... Don
Gavin O'Connor ... Whitey
Carly Pope ... Tasha
China Shavers ... E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
Agnes Bruckner ... Zoe
Michael Paul Chan ... Mr. Kim
Rachel Wilson ... Hannah
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Storyline

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

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Trust can be as transparent as glass. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glass House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,448, 16 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,001,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie that Ruby and her friends watch in the movie theatre scene is not a real film, but footage specially created. It was called "Prom Nightmare". This is a play on the Canadian horror franchise "Prom Night". See more »

Goofs

In the final sequence, the make and year of police car changes twice. It starts out as a Caprice, becomes a '93-97 Ford Crown Victoria, then changes into a '98-01 model of the same car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes two cut scenes from the fim:
  • After Ruby faints when she finds the cops at her house, she wakes up the next morning thinking her parents' accident was a dream. When she heads downstairs, the neighbors are there to tell her it wasn't. Ruby sits at the table and cries sadly as the camera slowly pans away from her.
  • Another scene has Ruby and Rhett at the funeral burying their parents' ashes at the cemetary.
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Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Where in Time?
Written by Christopher Young
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Watched it because my wife demanded it!
12 August 2002 | by SamRagSee all my reviews

I was surprised by this one, after having read some of the comments about it. My wife had insisted on several occasions to rent it, but I had managed to avoid it until now. The reason being that I'm not a great fan of ‘startle-you-scenes' movies, where story line comes second to all possible means to startle the audience out of their shoes (which I believe is a the wrong way in creating good horror/thriller action movies). The Glass House is however not one of these, and I suspect that is one of the reason some people have given it slack reviews. Here they seem to keep to more realistic theme, with characters re-acting in intelligent manner, instead of some idiots you often see in horror/thriller films. The interesting thing was that the girl in the movie suspected from the start that something was wrong, and tried to solve the situation. The authorities became part of the picture from the start, instead of the usual stupidity that someone ‘evil' resides in position of authority, denying the victim any help. The Glass couple were a bit unusual, though not overdoing it, and we can follow how they slip into their own nightmarish madness. Especially good was the scene were Mr. Glass is asking for a loan at a bank, displaying how, in fact, he was just a regular man. So all in all, this was just enough tension, in rather realistic environment, with surprisingly good acting all around. 7/10


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