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Revolutionary Road (2008)

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A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writers:

Justin Haythe (screenplay), Richard Yates (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... April Wheeler
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Frank Wheeler
Christopher Fitzgerald ... Party Guest
Jonathan Roumie ... Party Guest
Neal Bledsoe ... Party Guest
Marin Ireland ... Party Guest
Samantha Soule ... Party Guest
Heidi Armbruster ... Party Guest
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen ... Party Guest
Maria Rusolo ... Party Dancer
Gena Oppenheim ... Party Dancer
Kathryn Dunn Kathryn Dunn ... Party Dancer
Joe Komara ... Party Dancer (as Joe Kamara)
Allison Twyford Allison Twyford ... Party Dancer
David Harbour ... Shep Campbell
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Storyline

It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sólo un sueño See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$189,911, 28 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,911,480, 2 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,564,960
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Todd Field had planned to follow up In the Bedroom (2001) with this film, but he decided to make Little Children (2006) (also starring Kate Winslet and Ty Simpkins) instead. See more »

Goofs

The parabolic-lensed fluorescent fixtures seen near the beginning of the film were not in use in the 1950s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Wheeler: So, what do you do?
April Wheeler: I'm studying to be an actress. You?
Frank Wheeler: I'm a longshoreman.
April Wheeler: No, I mean, really.
Frank Wheeler: I mean really, too. Although starting next Monday I'm doing something a little more glamorous.
April Wheeler: What's that?
Frank Wheeler: Night cashier at a cafeteria.
April Wheeler: I don't mean how you make money. I mean, what are you interested in?
Frank Wheeler: Honey, if I had the answer to that one, I bet I'd bore us both to death in half an hour.
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At the end of the closing credits: "For Mia and Joe." See more »

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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Count Every Star
Music by Bruno Coquatrix
Lyrics by Sammy Gallop
Performed by The Ravens
Courtesy of Savoy Jazz
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A beautiful, well-crafted Masterpiece. One of the best of the decade
25 December 2008 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Revolutionary Road is not a very joyful film, or is it easy to watch. Instead of being simply entertaining, it achieves what not many films these days do. It wants to be a learning lesson.

This film is superbly crafted, in both the writing and the amazing direction by Sam Mendes. After his great film 'American Beauty', he comes back with strong will to do this project. His direction is the best of the year for sure. It feels so professional, so alive. The writing, both of the characters, Frank and April Wheeler, I feel they are so open and 3-dimensional characters, but the screenplay wants to let us inside their lives, and it does so with great passion. Leonardo Dicaprio plays Frank with such intensity, with such force. Dicaprio gives his best performance here without a doubt, since I don't really think he has ever done something like this before. Then there is Kate Winslet. My favorite actress, and certainly one of the most talented out there. Winslet has surprised me before in a lot of movies, but here, she surprises me in a whole other way. Her silent, unlikeable, and sometimes human and cold portrayal of April Wheeler is one of the best performances of the decade. She gives the best female performance of the year, and I truly hope she finally wins the Oscar she deserves.

The film itself is so beautiful, so alive, yet at the same time, so dark to what the film is about. The cinematography is amazing, as well as the costumes and the whole set designs. The music, the original score, was so unsettling, perfectly balanced to what each scene brought.

Revolutionary Road is not a film for everyone. I can definitely see some critics will hate it, but it should certainly be respected, for its ambition, for the things it accomplishes and every thing it portrays. I think this is Mendes' masterpiece. I have not seen a better made film this year.


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