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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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What's the worst thing you ever did? See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The original script took first place at the 2001 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. See more »

Goofs

The first time Sgt. Lucas enters the room, he notices the cherry table that Carlos brought back. The plant is already there, even though Vicki doesn't bring it to Walter until later. See more »

Quotes

Vickie: Walter, what did you do? What happened to you?
Walter: Why do you want to know?
Vickie: Because I like you.
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Connections

Referenced in Close-Up (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
(1975)
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton, Jr.), Jerome Brailey and Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins)
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Superb exploration of shame and the struggle to be normal
12 December 2004 | by mgleezSee all my reviews

This is a somewhat slow (never boring) film with several performances of the highest quality. Kyra Sedgwick has amazing scenes, and one in particular flipped around my perception of every other character's motivation. David Alan Grier's performance is, maybe for the first time, not over the top. Hannah Pilkes, in her first film, nearly steals the scene from Kevin Bacon. Eve and Benjamin Bratt both do a good job. Mos Def's lines are either beyond his range or the lines themselves are just too heavy-handed, but Kevin plays off of them in brilliant silence.

Kevin Bacon's performance is Oscar-worthy. In other films, weak effects, poor acting, awful dialog, etc., have pulled me out of the world that the film was attempting to create. Kevin's performance is so good that at one time I found myself pulled out of the experience in awe; while continuing to believe the truth of the character, I was at the same time floored by Kevin's ability to deliver such depth.

Sure, the subject matter allows actors to express strong feeling. Anger is an easy route, as is self-loathing. This script has some of that, but what makes this film great is that primarily it chooses to explore shame and the struggle to be normal. The actors (Bacon, Kira, Pilkes) that are given the opportunity to explore that, they really excel in this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2005 (Peru) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,985, 26 December 2004

Gross USA:

$1,576,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,678,405
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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