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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.

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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

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Taglines:

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix shared a house during filming. See more »

Goofs

Johnny Damon is seen batting when Lucas takes a call from his mom. As Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) speaks with her on the phone a crack of the bat is heard. The crowd stands up and watches as Manny Ramirez rounds the bases, presumably after hitting a home run. Johnny Damon is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Grace Learner: Mrs. Wheldon was wondering if you'd like to play in the school concert. Maybe practice with her after school. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do.
Emma Learner: Can you hear music if you're in Heaven?
Grace Learner: [pauses] Yes.
Emma Learner: Okay, then. I'll do it.
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Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

You Said You Loved Me
Written by Big Jack Johnson
Performed by Big Jack Johnson & The Oilers
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Well crafted character study of tragedy
14 April 2008 | by sjb_canSee all my reviews

I knew nothing about the plot when I rented this film. With Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo starring in it, I figured it would be, at the very least, good, and it was. From the beginning scenes, a palpable tension is created; you just know something awful is about to happen despite two normal family outings being the subject matter. From then on, the plot reels out in an arc rife with too many coincidences, but the direction was able to pull it off without making me want to groan. There are some emotional scenes that would have played a little better had they been more subtle. The police officer and Mark Ruffalo were flawless. The children were outstanding. I'm not sure if it was Joaquin's character, the script, the direction or what, but he did not keep me riveted as he usually does; a bit over-acted perhaps. Jennifer delivered a couple of lines that didn't ring true--could have been an editing problem. The obsession of anger/justice seems a bit premature. It would have been better to see a progression. Despite my criticisms, I found enough mastery and depth of character to recommend it and give it a 7. I found myself worrying that the ending would ruin the film but it was faultless and convincing.


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