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The Architect (2006)

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An architect engages in conflict with an activist who lives in a dangerous complex the architect designed.


Matt Tauber


David Greig (based on the play by), Matt Tauber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Leo Waters
Viola Davis ... Tonya Neely
Isabella Rossellini ... Julia Waters
Hayden Panettiere ... Christina Waters
Sebastian Stan ... Martin Waters
Paul James ... Shawn
Serena Reeder ... Cammie Neely
Walton Goggins ... Joe
Malcolm Goodwin ... Big Tim
Marsha Stephanie Blake ... Missy Neeley
Lauren Hodges ... Jill
Duane McLaughlin ... Josh Freeman
Julius Tennon ... Arthur Freeman
Eisa Davis ... Linda Freeman
James O'Toole ... Kenny


Architect Leo Waters' marriage is in trouble, his wife Julia unhappy. Their son Martin drops out of college; he's home, adrift and out of sorts with Leo. Daughter Christina has entered her mid-teens with a new body and new feelings. Enter Tonya Neely, a community organizer who lives in high-rise public housing Leo designed years' before. The residents want the projects razed; she comes to Leo asking him to sign her petition. He's put off; Julia supports Tonya. Martin goes to see for himself and begins a friendship with homo-erotic potential. In the meantime, Christina puts herself at risk seeking affirmation. High pitched emotions and high-rise apartments: what will collapse first? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes You Need to Tear Down to Build Up


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


According to Hayden Panettiere, Christina Waters' first appearance in the movie was her favorite scene to film because - unlike Christina - she *always* feels confident and comfortable in a bathing suit. See more »


Credits for the Neely family are spelled differently. Tonya (Viola Davis) is spelled Neely, Cammie (Serena Reeder) is spelled Neely, and Missy (Marsha Stephanie Blake) is spelled Neeley. See more »


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Boring dysfunction.
19 March 2007 | by paulcreedenSee all my reviews

Given the themes of this movie, it is particularly sad that it is such a boring and plodding exercise in poor film-making. The cast seems either drugged or not drugged enough, with the exceptions of Paul James as Shawn and Walton Goggins as Joe, who seemed to be breathing at least. The staging and lighting were horrific. The make-up and wardrobe were worse. The writing was stilted and paced for a depressed tortoise. Anthony LaPaglia did not seem the same actor who has done so many good roles. Isabella Rossellini appeared to have been injected with Botox and walked/talked like a robot. The soundtrack was the most annoying thing about the film. It was like Philip Glass on downers at the piano. Fingernails on a chalk board. Perhaps the portrayal of a really broken down housing project in a big city was accurate. But it seems quite pathetic that that element was the redeeming part of the movie, doesn't it? Glancing references are made to insanity, incest, child molestation, and homophobic rape. As in "Oh, by the way...." The DVD I watched had an interview with the writer/director who proudly spoke of the embellishments he made to the original play. It's scary to think he thought the movie was better than the original play.

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Release Date:

26 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Fall Down See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,032, 3 December 2006

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (2.0)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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