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Down to the Bone (2004)

A woman stuck in a stale marriage struggles to raise her children and manage her secret drug habit. But when winter comes to her small town, her balancing act begins to come crashing down.

Director:

Debra Granik

Writers:

Jean-Michel Dissard (additional writer), Debra Granik | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vera Farmiga ... Irene
Hugh Dillon ... Bob
Clint Jordan ... Steve
Caridad 'La Bruja' De La Luz ... Lucy (as Caridad De La Luz)
Jasper Daniels ... Ben (as Jasper Moon Daniels)
Taylor Foxhall Taylor Foxhall ... Jason
Giles Penderghast Giles Penderghast ... Pet Store Clerk
Terry McKenna Terry McKenna ... Gene
Richard Lieske Richard Lieske ... Richard
Hector Vasquez Hector Vasquez ... Hector
Joel Saeks Joel Saeks ... Lars
Lori Berryman Lori Berryman ... Acupuncture Therapist
Walt Bolde Walt Bolde ... Walt
Edward Crawford ... Kevin
Gia Mitchell Gia Mitchell ... April
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Storyline

Winter in hard-scrabble upstate New York. Irene is working class, a mother of two boys, and a user of cocaine. She gets into trouble and checks into a rehab program where she meets Bob, a nurse. After she goes home to her husband and returns to her job as a grocery checker, she stays in touch with Bob and the intimations of an affair begin. By now, she's changed jobs, cleaning houses with her friend Lucy. The temptations of drugs are close at hand. Can she handle sobriety? What about Bob? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Old Habits Die Hard

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2005 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Az do kosci See more »

Filming Locations:

Bearsville, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,352, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$19,723, 8 December 2005
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Extension of Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Short SNAKEFEED. See more »

Goofs

Anytime the aquarium and snake are shown with the actors, it has wood chips in it. Whenever the snake is fed, it only has newspapers and rocks in it. See more »

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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Arrival Pad #19
Written and Performed by East River Pipe
Courtesy of East River Pipe
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Vera Farmiga was GREAT in this movie
28 September 2006 | by sheckyicecreamSee all my reviews

'Down to the Bone' is a mirror depiction of the lower-to-middle class struggle to keep clean while trying to overcome the perils of poverty and raise a family. It is not your typical run-of-the-mill addiction story either, revealing the darker sides of the problem and focusing on the lives it so often can tear apart. Vera Farmiga was the shining star in this role as Irene, a mother of two trying to keep her cocaine addiction a secret and save a marriage on the rocks. At 'Sundance' Vera took home 'The Special Jury Prize' for her performance and Director Debra Granik won the 'Director's Award.' It's no wonder that Martin Scorsese went out of his way to get her for her upcoming role in "The Departed." She is and will be a great actress in Hollywood for years to come. I look forward to her success in the future.


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