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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.

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matt Fowler
... Ruth Fowler
... Frank Fowler
... Natalie Strout
... Richard Strout
William Wise ... Willis Grinnel
... Katie Grinnel
... Marla Keyes
Frank T. Wells ... Henry
W. Clapham Murray ... Carl
... Tim Bryson
Terry A. Burgess ... District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh ... Father McCasslin
Diane E. Hamlin ... Davis' Assistant
... 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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A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hálószobában  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Red Sox games heard on the radio are from 8 July 2000 and 9 July 2000. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes, the Fowlers are drinking Moxie soda, a brand most people think disappeared in the 1950s. It still exists in Maine and a few other locations around northern New England. See more »

Quotes

Matt: I know what you think, that I was too lenient, that I let him get away with...
[Ruth interrupts him, smashing a plate on the floor]
Ruth: EVERYTHING! EVERYTHING!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

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Oj Savice
Croatian Traditional
Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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a real modern classic
2 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

A rarity in modern cinema, In the Bedroom is a movie for thinking adults that is one of the most thorough yet subtle examinations of violence and its consequences I've ever seen. Tom Wilkerson gives a masterful and restrained performance, and Sissy Spacek and nearly everyone else is uniformly excellent. Although it is a searing and unflinching look at nearly unspeakable grief, it is poignant and thoughtful and even has scenes of humor if you are ready for it. Todd Field's screenplay is one of the most brilliant in recent memory. I really wish we had more mature stuff like this coming out of Hollywood. Powerful films that deal with violence and its aftermath and meaning like this make films like Kill Bill look even more repellent than they already are.


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