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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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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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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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What lies beneath the surface? What hides behind the walls? What imprisons desires of the heart? See more »

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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)  »

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Dem Himmel so fern  »

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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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Trivia

In the middle of shooting, the production's bond company took away the easy-pass cards used by the teamsters on the crew during their daily commute over the Jersey turnpike to locations. This ended up costing the production more, as the drivers still used the no-stop toll lanes at the turnpike and ended up incurring fines. See more »

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At the Art Exhibition, the art critic's brochure is alternately in one hand/both hands between shots. See more »

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Cathy Whitaker: That was the day I stopped believing in the wild ardor of things. Perhaps in love, as well. That kind of love. The love in books and films. The love that tells us to abandon our lives and plans, all for one brief touch of Venus. So often we fail at that kind of love. The world just seems too fragile a place for it. And of every other kind, life remains full. Perhaps it's just we who are too fragile.
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The first end credit reads "for Bompi" See more »

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References Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Played by a band on New Year's Eve
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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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