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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the products used in the film are real regional products commonly found in seacoast Maine (i.e. Oakhurst brand milk). See more »

Goofs

There is no Maine Highway Patrol as listed in the credits. It should be Maine State Police. See more »

Quotes

Ruth: Oh, come on, you've heard the same things I have.
Matt: You seem to forget, I don't take my lunches in the teachers' lounge.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Mergers and Acquisitions (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Not a False Moment to Be Found. Stunning.
2 November 2008 | by rddj05See all my reviews

Every once in awhile, a filmmaker comes along and adds a pitch-perfect sensibility to a compelling story, well-written script, and perfect cast. This has happened with In the Bedroom. Though I saw, and enjoyed, director Todd Field's 2nd feature, Little Children, when it came out a few years back, I was truly astounded by In the Bedroom.

At a time when Americans' tastes in films are getting more and more juvenile, In the Bedroom is that rare film; one aimed adults. The characters and story line is compelling, the shots kept simple, yet beautiful, and the feel of the film is as real as most you will see. In the Bedroom would fit in perfectly with the some of the films from golden age of the 70s film-making. Unfortunately, we are seeing this less and less of those types of films these days.

It is hard to find a false moment, whether in dialogue or behavior, in this film. It deals with circumstances that we hear about every day, yet is no less captivating because of it. We are not clobbered over the head with the moments we are meant to feel deeply, yet they are apparent and often devastating to watch. There is an old saying, "you know the truth when you see it", and that certainly applies to this film. There was a knot in my stomach the entire first 30 minutes of the film, as director Field slowly builds to something you know is inevitable, and almost can't bare to watch.

Excellent performances turned in by Spacek, Wilkinson, Tomei, as well as all the supporting players. Proof, once again, that actors often make some of the finest directors.


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