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Far from Heaven (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 January 2003 (USA)
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In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 101 wins & 91 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cathy Whitaker
... Frank Whitaker
... Raymond Deagan
... Eleanor Fine
... Sybil
... Dr. Bowman
Bette Henritze ... Mrs. Leacock
... Stan Fine
... David Whitaker
... Janice Whitaker
... Sarah Deagan (as Jordan Puryear)
Kyle Timothy Smith ... Billy Hutchinson (as Kyle Smyth)
... Mona Lauder
... Doreen
Olivia Birkelund ... Nancy
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Cathy is the perfect 50s housewife, living the perfect 50s life: healthy kids, successful husband, social prominence. Then one night she stumbles in on her husband Frank, kissing another man, and her tidy world starts spinning out of control. In her confusion and grief, she finds consolation in the friendship of their African-American gardener, Raymond - a socially taboo relationship that leads to the further disintegration of life as she knew it. Despite Cathy and Frank's struggle to keep their marriage afloat, the reality of his homosexuality and her feelings for Raymond open a painful, if more honest, chapter in their lives. Written by Jonas A. Reinartz <jonas.reinartz@web.de>

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It's time to stop hiding from the truth. See more »

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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10 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dem Himmel so fern  »

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$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$211,279, 10 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,854,988, 6 April 2003
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This film inspires James Labrie from progressive metal band Dream Theater. In 2010 he write a song "Far From Heaven" that told same story. See more »

Goofs

A secretary is heard answering the phone with, "How may I direct your call?" According to a viewer who worked as a secretary during the period, this phrase was not used by secretaries in the 1950s. See more »

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Frank Whitaker: I just want to get this fucking thing over with!
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The first end credit reads "for Bompi" See more »

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Featured in The Making of 'Far from Heaven' (2002) See more »

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Ballet Piece
Written by Cynthia Millar
Published by Caramandel Music
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Boring, dull, vacuous, showed no insights
8 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

The reviewers had written very positively about this film so I went with high hopes. Possibly too high, particularly when Hollywood is producing poor quality films aimed simply at getting butts on seats. So this is supposed to be a return to quality stuff is it ? Sure it had lovely sets, costume, shots but where were the real characters ? Where were the insights into human behaviour ? It brought nothing new to me at all and I couldn't fathom what it was saying at all. Simply because it was saying nothing. All the characters was far too simple as were the scenes, dialogue and structure. And don't start lecturing me that this is how it was in the 50's. I grew up in that decade and saw films like 'Look Back in Anger', 'On the Waterfront' and 'Rear Window'. Surely what was needed was to bring more characterisation and development of the story, not less. Heaven help us all if this is seen as Hollywood getting serious.


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