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Cold Creek Manor (2003)

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A family relocates from the city to a dilapidated house in the country that was once a grand estate. As they begin renovations, they discover their new home harbors a secret and may not be completely free of its former inhabitant.

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Mike Figgis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Cooper Tilson
Sharon Stone ... Leah Tilson
Stephen Dorff ... Dale Massie
Juliette Lewis ... Ruby
Kristen Stewart ... Kristen Tilson
Ryan Wilson ... Jesse Tilson
Dana Eskelson ... Sheriff Ferguson
Christopher Plummer ... Mr. Massie
Simon Reynolds ... Ray Pinski
Kathleen Duborg Kathleen Duborg ... Ellen Pinski
Paula Brancati ... Stephanie Pinski
Aidan Devine ... Skip Linton
Wayne Robson ... Stan Holland
Jordan Pettle ... Declan
Ray Paisley Ray Paisley ... Dink
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Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate's dark and lurid past... Written by Gavin Nelson

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The perfect house hides the perfect crime.


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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Throat See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,190,574, 21 September 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,384,035, 30 November 2003
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Plummer only spent two days on the set. He was shooting one day, each with Dennis Quaid and Stephen Dorff. See more »

Goofs

When Dale Massie first sits down with the family and has a smoke, he puts the same cigarette out twice. See more »

Quotes

Cooper Tilson: Plus, there are some houses that the bank has foreclosed on. That means someone ran out of money and so the bank can sell it at a really cheap price.
Kristen Tilson: That's screwed up.
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Referenced in The Messengers (2007) See more »

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Up for Grabs
Written by John Porter
Performed by John Porter with 'The Converse All Stars'
Courtesy of JPP, Inc.
By Arrangement with Nettwerk Management
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Standard and Bureaucratic Thriller
3 May 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The director and producer of documentaries Cooper Tilson (Dennis Quaid) and his wife, the executive Leah Tilson (Sharon Stone) have a stressed life with their two children in New York. After a minor accident with their son Jesse (Ryan Wilson), they decide to move to the country. They find a huge old house with furniture and a large field for a bargain and decide to buy it. They make a garage sale to get rid of the possessions of the former owner, and a couple of days later, Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff) visits them, introducing himself as the previous owner, who lost the house for the bank after being sent to the prison for three years for accidentally killing a man. He asks for a job in the repair team, and Cooper accepts to hire him. The life of the Tilson family changes after the arrival of Dale, and deep secrets about the former family are disclosed.

"Cold Creek Manor" is a Mike Figgis' thriller, having names such as Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Julliete Lewis and Stephen Dorff in the credits; therefore I expected a great movie. Most of the time, I kept saying to myself: "-Surprise me, surprise me". Indeed this film surprised me, in a bad sense: it is nothing but a standard and bureaucratic thriller, full of clichés and incredible situations. For example, who would hire a weird man, former owner of a property and that has just left the jail? Or when Cooper is threatened, why he stays alone in the isolated house, with doors and windows completely open? Or when Leah and Tilson are threatened, why do they look for refugee in the house, climbing to the higher floors, after seeing their car on fire? This movie is a typical commercial product, broadcast on Saturday night by the largest Brazilian open network: shallow, predictable and full of stars. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Garganta do Diabo" ("Devil's Throat")


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