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Reservation Road (2007)

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The lives of two families change forever after a fatal tragedy takes place on Reservation Road.

Director:

Terry George

Writers:

John Burnham Schwartz (screenplay), Terry George (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Ethan Learner
Elle Fanning ... Emma
Jennifer Connelly ... Grace Learner
Sean Curley ... Josh
Samuel Ryan Finn Samuel Ryan Finn ... Cello Player
Eddie Alderson ... Lucas
Mark Ruffalo ... Dwight Arno
Susan Powell Susan Powell ... Elegant Parent
Cordell Clyde Cordell Clyde ... Jimmy McBride (as Cordell Clyde Lochin)
Antoni Corone ... Sergeant Burke
Kevin Herbst Kevin Herbst ... Driving Trooper
Mira Sorvino ... Ruth Wheldon
Gary Kohn ... Norris Wheldon
John Slattery ... Steve Cutter
Nora Ferrari Nora Ferrari ... Nora Fannelli
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Storyline

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello - beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing - and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan - the only witness - is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the ... Written by Focus Features

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino a la redención See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,269, 21 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,994, 1 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,783,000, 31 December 2007
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the novel by John Burnham Schwartz of the same name. Schwartz and the director Terry George wrote the screenplay for the film. See more »

Goofs

Just before Ruffalo and son go home to watch the world series he asks his son if they wanted to get a couple of pizza pies which is way too much pizza for two people and when they got home they were eating Chinese food. See more »

Quotes

Dwight Arno: [talking into camera] It was an accident, but what I did was terribly wrong. I left that night because I was afraid of losing you. And that's no excuse. I'm gonna go to prison, and I deserve to go to prison.
Dwight Arno: [regaining his composure] People are gonna talk behind your back. They're gonna say hurtful things, but I just wanna urge you to remember these days that we've had together. I feel like for the first time I've been able to be the father to you that you deserve, and they've really been the ...
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Soundtracks

Merry Go Round
Written by Travis Brown, Frankie Cacciato & Chris Michael
Performed by Split Habit
Courtesy of Fundamental Music
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not "In the Bedroom" or "Mystic River", but approaching them
29 June 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I didn't know what "Reservation Road" was about when I started watching it. Not knowing the plot makes the movie hit you more. After an unfortunate event, the two families involved (neither of whom knows who the other is) inadvertently become more and more intertwined. Each time that another link gets revealed, you know that you're getting closer and closer to something ugly.

The characters, although not the best that I've seen in movies, were certainly worthwhile. Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix) remains totally despondent about his son's death and the fact that the killer hasn't been caught. Ethan's wife Grace (Jennifer Connelly) wants to move on with her life and finds it regrettable that Ethan obsesses on one topic. Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo), who caused the accident, spends most of the movie bothered by his actions and wanting to right the wrongs, but worried about what might result. At times, each of the characters come across as somewhat repulsive, but you still understand why they behave as they do.

Some people might liken this movie to "In the Bedroom" and "Mystic River". "Reservation Road" certainly deals with similar themes, although I wouldn't actually put it in the same league as those other two. This movie seems a little bit more sensationalistic, and as though it's trying to do the same as the other two. But overall, I thought that it's a good movie, and I would recommend it. Also starring Mira Sorvino and Elle Fanning.


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