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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
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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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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Todd Haynes wrote the role of Cathy Whitaker specifically for Julianne Moore. See more »

Goofs

The Tupperware container Cathy brings to Frank's office is post 1962 color and style. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Fine: Call me old fashioned, I just like all the men I'm around to be all men.
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The first end credit reads "for Bompi" See more »

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References The Three Faces of Eve (1957) See more »

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Eagan's Jukebox
Composed by Max Avery Lichtenstein (as Max Lichtenstein)
Performed by Camphor
Courtesy of Tin Drum Recordings
Published by Departure Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Mixed Feelings About This Movie
24 December 2002 | by LaurieMannSee all my reviews

I agree with all the comments about the excellent production values and acting in this movie. But the scripting and direction were both problematic.

For the most part, the movie tries to recreate a '50s Technocolor women's picture. At times, giggling about sex, a curse or the way Quaid sidles into a gay bar reminds you that this isn't your mother's '50s melodrama.

While so much of the movie is understated, I found the treatment of racism to be overstated, at least for the north.

I was born in 1957, so I can't say "I was there so I remember." Certainly, the smirky remarks at Kathy's party were heard for years beyond 1957, even in the north. And segregation was very much a fact of life; I lived in a lily-white suburb where it was well-known that real estate agents wouldn't show houses to black people (this, fortunately, stopped in the '70s).

I can even believe the overreaction of Kathy's friends to her apparent involvement with Raymond. It was the public expression of racism, particularly the scene where a white man calls Raymond "boy" that seemed really out-of-place for the time and place.

Haynes might have made the movie a little more interesting would have been if Kathy assumes people will shun and talk about her if she gets involved with Raymond - if most of the "melodrama" was internal. In reality, while they might talk about her behind her back, it seems unlikely that everyone she knew would have overreacted to the degree that they did.

Other problems - divorce was still hard to get in the late '50s; I don't think they could have gotten a divorce just months after Frank split. I can't imagine boys getting expelled for throwing a rock at a girl and hitting her, particularly since the act didn't happen during school hours. And, finally, how was Kathy's secure lifestyle being paid for by the end of the movie? She still has the house, the maid, the kids - earlier in the movie, she made it clear they had no savings. Most alimony grants were not that generous, and Frank now needs to support a separate household.


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