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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

On The Young and the Restless (1973), almost the same plot is used during 2014, when Adam hits and accidentally kills William's daughter. See more »

Goofs

Dwight and his son watch Game 3 of the 2004 World Series together. Earlier, when Ethan looking up "hit and run" on Google, the Google copyright date is 2006. See more »

Quotes

Lucas: [as Brain #2] If a man speaks in the middle of the forest with no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?
Brain #1: Yes!
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Connections

References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

This Thing Called Love
Written and Performed by Lacey Sculls (as Lacey Conner)
Courtesy of The Otis Conner Company
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Very Good
29 July 2008 | by aourchanSee all my reviews

I didn't know much about RR when I grabbed it off the shelf at my local video store, but I was enticed by the cast so I decided to take it for a spin. It really ended up surprising me because I hadn't heard anything about it and wasn't really expecting too much out of it. In the end though, I ended up liking the movie a lot. There were parts where I was very very moved and it was just too hard to not be on the side of Joaquin, and then moments later you flash to Mark Ruffalo and I understood in a way what he was going through. Throughout the movie my feelings for Ruffalo changed greatly. At first, of course, it was immediate hatred for him, but as I got to know him I started to feel for him before again being completely sickened by him in the end. Most movies can't take you on a ride the way that I was taken for this one, I was really moved at parts and completely sickened at others. These days you don't get many movies that take you on this kind of a journey, and I salute any film that doesn't just stick with a simple cookie cutter plot that I can predict before it starts. Sometimes we need something like this to remind us what good movies really are. For me the acting was superb and the plot kept you thinking. This is definitely one that I think you should go out and watch.


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