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The Door in the Floor (2004)

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last minute of the movie was filmed in the United Methodist Church in Pleasantville, NY. The crew built a two story racquetball court in order for Jeff Bridges to open to door in the floor and walk down the stairs. See more »

Goofs

The title of the paper that Eddie is typing is "A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound." As he is typing, the sentence begins with 'A Sound'. When he finishes typing, the sentence begins with 'Sound' without the article. Later in the movie when he looks at the paper the sentence begins with 'A Sound' again. See more »

Quotes

Ted Cole: [discussing Eddie's first story] Oh, its very heartfelt. Very personal. Well, its just a collection of personal anecdotes that don't really add up to much.
Eddie O'Hare: I was just trying to see if could write something that seemed true.
Ted Cole: Oh, it seems true. It just isn't very interesting. It sort of an emotional outburst, but it really isn't a story.
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Features The Big Bend (2003) See more »

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My Neck, My Back
Performed by Khia
Written by Khia Chambers, Michael Williams, Edward Meriwether
Courtesy of Artemis Records
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Challenging, unique script, beautifully directed and edited
3 July 2004 | by Radio_LadySee all my reviews

"The Door in the Floor" may be one of the best movies so far this year. It offers a moving experience and memorable characters that you will not soon forget.

The story is an adaptation of the best-selling novel, "A Widow for One Year" by John Irving (who also wrote "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules"). I haven't read the book, but the screenplay by writer/director Tod Williams is so good that it's hard to imagine that it doesn't do justice to its source. (Apparently, the book spans many decades in the life of this family; that's certainly a different approach than what is presented in the film.) Applause to Tod again for his brilliant direction in which he obtains sensitive, extraordinary performances from the sterling cast.

Jeff Bridges is sublime as Ted Cole, a children's book author. His character dominates the plot and it's an Academy Award level portrayal. Bridges only gets better with time, and he is at the top of his form here. In a more understated, introspective role, Kim Basinger plays Ted's wife, Marion Cole. It's another performance deserving of Academy Award notice. Basinger's beauty is only exceeded by the depth of her acting ability. Elle Fanning, younger sister of the talented ten-year-old Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam", "The Cat in the Hat", "Man on Fire") is an amazing, natural talent as young Ruth, daughter of Ted and Marion.

Jon Foster plays teenaged Eddie O'Hare in yet another superlative job of acting in this movie. Mimi Rogers supports well as Mrs. Vaughn. Her filmography notes she was born in January 1956, which makes her 48 years old. Few actresses would have the ability to play this movie role. She appears in a tense scene, fully nude, and filmed from every angle while she is revolved on a life model's turntable. Wow! More power to her!

"The Door in the Floor" title comes from one of Ted's children's books. We hear the story as Ted does a reading before a local audience. It is clear from the outset that the Cole family is in a state of severe distress, which relates to earlier losses of two sons. Writer/director Tod Williams is masterful in carrying the audience through the gradual and painful exposition of what happened to the couple's children, Tommy and Timothy.

Pleased be aware that all of the principals (except Ruthie) are seen in various stages of nudity in this film -- front, side, back and on top of one another. Everything is shown with great subtlety and sensitivity within the delicate context of the film. There was certainly no prurient interest in any of it. All of the nude scenes are handled in a realistic and matter-of-fact way. For example, little Ruthie sees her father naked, which some viewers may find objectionable, but which certainly works within the context of this film.

This is a movie for all seasons. It's still early in the year and we can only hope that "The Door in the Floor," with its wonderful script, direction, editing, and acting, will still be remembered as we approach nominations for the best films at the end of the year. Go out of your way to see this A++ accomplishment.


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