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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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Todd Field

Writers:

Andre Dubus (story "Killings"), Robert Festinger (screenplay) (as Rob Festinger) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 70 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 »

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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

Gross USA:

$35,930,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,368,779
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Technical Specs

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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 title refers to the rear compartment of a lobster trap known as the "bedroom" and the fact that it can only hold up to two lobsters before they begin to turn on each other. See more »

Goofs

The camera lens is plainly visible in the shot of Matt Fowler driving in his car. See more »

Quotes

Natalie: [walks up to Ruth] Oh, I was hoping we could talk.
[pauses]
Natalie: I wanted to tell you how truly sorry I am
[pauses again]
Natalie: and if there's ever anything I can ever do... to-to talk with you.
[long pause]
Natalie: [Ruth hits Natalie across the face, Natalie screams, and Ruth goes back to work, and Natalie walks off in shock and sadness]
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 2001 (2001) See more »

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Baby I Love Your Way
(1975)
Written by Peter Frampton
Performed by Peter Frampton
Copyright 1975 Almo Music Corp.
On behalf of itself and Nuages Artists Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterpises
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Delivers what Movies are meant to deliver.
26 August 2008 | by pdvincitSee all my reviews

I have friends who do not want to see dark movies. Too depressing, given the news these days. I can understand that.

But farce grows quite tiresome. Clever repartee is fine sometimes. Action films are frequently exhausting and you can only watch so many cars, trains, planes and buildings explode. Plus, you are hungry an hour later.

This movie is a rare opportunity to miss excessive violence, pratfalls and smart-mouthed kids, teenage titillation, explosions, chases, stock characters, overacting and thin plot contrivances.

Enjoy a movie where the characters are complex, the actors spot-on in their craft, and the story is compelling.

Or don't. "Independence Day" is probably on cable somewhere.


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