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The Door in the Floor (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 6 August 2004 (USA)
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A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

Director:

Tod Williams

Writers:

John Irving (novel), Tod Williams (screenplay)
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elle Fanning ... Ruth Cole
Jeff Bridges ... Ted Cole
Kim Basinger ... Marion Cole
Jon Foster ... Eddie O'Hare
Larry Pine ... Interviewer
John Rothman ... Minty O'Hare
Harvey Loomis Harvey Loomis ... Dr. Loomis
Bijou Phillips ... Alice
Mimi Rogers ... Evelyn Vaughn
Mike S. Ryan Mike S. Ryan ... Reception Fan
Libby Langdon ... Woman at Reception
Louis Arcella ... Eduardo Gomez
Robert LuPone ... Mendelssohn
Rachel Style ... Bookstore Assistant
Amanda Posner Amanda Posner ... Frame Shop Clerk
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Storyline

Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East Hampton, New York and chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's book author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. Her resulting despondency and his subsequent infidelities have prevented the couple from confronting a much-needed change in their relationship. Eddie O'Hare, the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant, is the couple's unwitting yet willing pawn - and, ultimately, the catalyst in the transformation of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una mujer infiel See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$456,876, 18 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,835,551, 10 October 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The deceased Cole boys, Thomas and Timothy, were played by director/screenwriter Tod Williams's cousins Tod Harrison Williams and Carter Williams, and the photographs featured in the film are their actual childhood photos. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Marion are having dinner, Eddie's glass is nearly empty as he begins to tell her a joke. During the middle part of the joke, the glass is nearly full, and by the time he gets to the punch line, it is empty again. See more »

Quotes

Marion Cole: [speaking about her daughter] I won't be a bad mother to her. I'd rather be no mother than to be a bad mother to her.
Eddie O'Hare: That doesn't make any sense.
Marion Cole: I don't want her to be like me.
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Connections

Features The Big Bend (2003) See more »

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Four in the Evening
Performed by Chicago Underground Quartet
Written by Jeff Parker
Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records
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A Wrenching Tragedy Shatters A Happy Marriage
8 August 2004 | by fha-2See all my reviews

This well-acted tragedy pulls us through an exploration of the complexities of love in both the darkest and brightest corridors. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel, `A Widow For One Year', the film carefully weaves its way through the painful and tragic aftermath of a deadly accident, alternating between comedy and disaster.

The setting is in the privileged beach community of East Hampton on Long Island, New York where our hero, a children's book author, Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) resides with his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Bassinger). Once upon a time, they had a happy marriage until the bliss was shattered by the accidental death of their two sons. The aftermath resulted in a general despondency and bizarre infidelities that did little to assuage the pain and dysfunction of their deteriorating relationship. The remnants of a once great love are hinted at in almost every scene, although alas are clouded over by their inability to regroup to face the future and put away the past.

Eddie O'Hare, (Jon Foster) the college junior Ted hired to work as his summer assistant and protégé, becomes the couple's unwitting, yet willing pawn, who ultimately evolves into the catalyst in the transformation of their bitter lives. Ted's recent children's book, `The Door In The Floor' in due course becomes the surviving metaphor for transforming their lives.

The evolving story seems to beg for something really horrific to happen, yet offers a kind of relief when this fear is unrealized. One senses that if this couple had only handled their loss differently, a far better result would have followed. It is also a poignant tale of a young boy's rite of passage becoming a man and another man sinking into an emotional immaturity and then hopefully climbing back out.

Directed and written by Tod Williams, this tale is quite apart from the usual Hollywood drivel that may leave you mired in an introspective quandary for quite some time.


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