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The Woodsman (2004)

R | | Drama | 21 January 2005 (USA)
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A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

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... Walter
... Bob
... Mary-Kay
... Vicki
... Carlos
... Pedro
... Rosen
... Candy
... Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
... Robin
Jessica Nagle ... Annette
Liam Daniels ... Boy at Playground
Joey Hazinsky ... Cherub
Clara Hopkins Daniels ... Little Girl on Bus (as Clara Infinity Daniels)
Ashley C. Coombs ... Girl on Bus
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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 »

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Drama

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

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon in mir  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$53,985, 26 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,601, 20 November 2011
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As research, director Nicole Kassell interviewed sex offenders, as well as therapists who worked with them. See more »

Goofs

The first time Walter and Vicki drive in her truck, the transmission is clearly in "park". See more »

Quotes

Carlos: [throws him a can of beer] Boy, you still think fast!
Walter: You don't need to think fast to handle a beer.
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Crazy Credits

In the soundtrack section of the credits, for the song "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)," "Performed" is misspelled as "Perfromed". See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #27.160 (2011) See more »

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Papa Don't Take No Mess Pt. 1
(1991)
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbitt and John Starks
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It takes guts
1 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I know this is a controversial subject and will most likely not earn Kevin Bacon - or at least the movie makers - any good points with a lot of people, but I urge people to keep an open mind.

Walter - Kevin Bacon - is released after 12 years in prison for child molestation. He is trying to get back on track when he meets Vickie - Kyra Sedgwick - who makes him feel a bit better about himself. The movie portrays Walter's struggle with his past, his crime and his new life.

The characters and the crime are not romanticized. The movie can even a bit abrasive as it drills down to the truth and shows you the things just as they are.

I think it takes guts to portray a controversial subject like this one and I certainly think it takes guts to play a role like Walter's. Excellent performances by Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def.


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