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In the Bedroom (2001)

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A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

Director:

Todd Field

Writers:

Andre Dubus (story "Killings"), Robert Festinger (screenplay) (as Rob Festinger) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... Matt Fowler
Sissy Spacek ... Ruth Fowler
Nick Stahl ... Frank Fowler
Marisa Tomei ... Natalie Strout
William Mapother ... Richard Strout
William Wise William Wise ... Willis Grinnel
Celia Weston ... Katie Grinnel
Karen Allen ... Marla Keyes
Frank T. Wells Frank T. Wells ... Henry
W. Clapham Murray W. Clapham Murray ... Carl
Justin Ashforth ... Tim Bryson
Terry A. Burgess Terry A. Burgess ... District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh Jonathan Walsh ... Father McCasslin
Diane E. Hamlin Diane E. Hamlin ... Davis' Assistant
Camden Munson ... Jason Strout
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Storyline

In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. Written by Bryan Way

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Taglines:

A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | YoVideo (French)

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Bedroom See more »

Filming Locations:

Belfast, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,972, 25 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,930,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,368,779, 12 October 2003
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cabin where Ruth (Sissy Spacek) and Matt (Tom Wilkinson) visit the Grinnells belongs to director Todd Field. See more »

Goofs

When Matt is eating in the diner the napkin disappears and reappears underneath the silverware. See more »

Quotes

Ruth: [sees Franks has been punched in the eye] So what are you going to do about it?
Frank Fowler: I don't know... take karate.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Andre Dubus and is based on his short story "Killings". See more »

Connections

Features The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by William Mapother
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Revenge shown to be illusion in this realistic work.
18 November 2003 | by Erick-12See all my reviews

The film is, as all the critics say, emotionally involving, wrenching and all that. Acting is natural and realistic, down to the nitty-gritty. The valuable and rare thing here is that the story works against the most common plot at the movies today: the revenge plot. Here instead, revenge gets a more ambiguous and thoughtful treatment. We are accustomed to being flattered as an audience, sent home feeling good that "our" side wins in the end against the evil. In this film that stereotypical and simplistic Good vs Evil is taken apart. The revenge leaves us feeling unusually unsettled, which is a very good thing in a deeper sense.


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