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The Woodsman (2004)

R | | Drama | 2005 (Peru)
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A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Director:

Nicole Kassell

Writers:

Steven Fechter (play), Nicole Kassell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Walter
David Alan Grier ... Bob
Eve ... Mary-Kay
Kyra Sedgwick ... Vicki
Benjamin Bratt ... Carlos
Carlos Leon ... Pedro
Michael Shannon ... Rosen
Kevin Rice ... Candy
Yasiin Bey ... Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
Hannah Pilkes ... Robin
Jessica Nagle Jessica Nagle ... Annette
Liam Daniels Liam Daniels ... Boy at Playground
Joey Hazinsky Joey Hazinsky ... Cherub
Clara Hopkins Daniels Clara Hopkins Daniels ... Little Girl on Bus (as Clara Infinity Daniels)
Ashley C. Coombs Ashley C. Coombs ... Girl on Bus
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Storyline

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Nothing can undo the past. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon in mir See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,985, 26 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,601, 20 November 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The part of Mary Kay was originally intended for a 45-year-old white male. Kevin Bacon recommended Eve for the part, and she was hired without a single audition. See more »

Goofs

When Walter first tells Vicki about his past, her cigarette changes from almost smoked, to partly-smoked to just lit. See more »

Quotes

Vickie: So, what did you do?
Walter: I molested little girls.
Vickie: [laughs in disbelief]
Walter: 12 years in prison is no joke.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Queen Latifah/Ms. Dynamite (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Chop Wood, Carry Water
Written by Kevin Bacon
Performed by The Bacon Brothers
Courtesy of Forosoco Music
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Intelligent and thought-provoking.
2 November 2004 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

An intelligent and thought-provoking film that never flinches from it's subject matter, and includes a superb performance from it's leading man. Kassell's film manages to steer clear of didacticism and lays the misunderstandings and prejudices about, and ignorance of, paedophilia open for the audience to interpret in their own way. The protagonist is neither a sympathetic hero or a villain, but during the course of the film he wavers between the two leaving the audience both supportive and sickened. This amalgam of conflicting emotions makes 'The Woodsman' essential viewing for a rational, adult audience. I only wonder how an audience would react to a paedophile played by an unknown actor without Bacon's profile, as I suspect many people would find it harder to accept without his charisma or celebrity attached to the film.


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