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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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Todd Haynes

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Cathy Whitaker
Dennis Quaid ... Frank Whitaker
Dennis Haysbert ... Raymond Deagan
Patricia Clarkson ... Eleanor Fine
Viola Davis ... Sybil
James Rebhorn ... Dr. Bowman
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Mrs. Leacock
Michael Gaston ... Stan Fine
Ryan Ward ... David Whitaker
Lindsay Andretta ... Janice Whitaker
Jordan Nia Elizabeth ... Sarah Deagan (as Jordan Puryear)
Kyle Timothy Smith Kyle Timothy Smith ... Billy Hutchinson (as Kyle Smyth)
Celia Weston ... Mona Lauder
Barbara Garrick ... Doreen
Olivia Birkelund Olivia Birkelund ... Nancy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dem Himmel so fern See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

When Cathy pulls up in the opening scenes she tells David that Janice is going straight in to a bath. But in the next scene while Cathy is discussing table settings with her friend El, Janice is seen in the background with her ballet costume on practicing her dance moves. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played by a band on New Year's Eve
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Splendid
12 April 2003 | by im00sevSee all my reviews

I'm telling you, everybody's just falling in love with all the wrong people in this flick, but it's extremely captivating and the characters are perfectly engaging. I'm a bit shocked at some of your reviews here because I don't think many of you know much about the period. I do. To boot, I'm gay. Julianne Moore is excellent and deserving of the acclaim she's received for this role, as well as Quaid in the supporting role. The thing I think most people missed (or haven't made much comment on) is that both Kathleen and Frank are victims of heart-felt emotions at a time when expressing them is unthinkable. They are equally challenged by simple and earnest desires to "fill the void" in their lives: Kathleen with her giant colorblind heart in a cold society of bigots and Frank in his corporate supremacy and his "It's a different kind of love, Charlie Brown" headache. One reviewer said Frank was abusive, closeted (sure, obviously, duh) and an alcoholic. I guess if you'd ever been through that type of situation you might be a bit more forgiving because it is hell and I came from the 50s so trust. Each of these obviously well-developed characters is simply doing the best they can in a world where their ground-breaking feelings are out of place. I loved it. I own it. And I, clearly, do not advise that slim minds or socially challenged people attempt it. However, if you can watch a movie and not be a judge, if you can accept things not from your time and not about you but about very, very grand new ideas, it's an extremely well-made, well-acted and accurate film. I personally forgot we had so much orange and green furniture. And Moore is to be also commended on how well she wore those giant skirts :)


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