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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 67 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... April Wheeler
... Frank Wheeler
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Sam Rosen ... Party Guest
... Party Dancer
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Kathryn Dunn ... Party Dancer
... Party Dancer (as Joe Kamara)
Allison Twyford ... Party Dancer
... Shep Campbell
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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

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

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23 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sólo un sueño  »

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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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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

When Frank goes to work, a 1956 Buick is parked on the street, in the foreground. The film is set in spring and early summer 1955, so the 1956 Buick wouldn't have been on sale yet. 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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The Gypsy
Written by Billy Reid
Performed by The Ink Spots
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Thought-provoking and sad.
6 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Having been a 50s housewife with children at home and a husband who wanted to be anywhere but there, this movie was familiar territory. How many of us in those years simply packed our dreams away for the immediate necessity of putting food on the table and paying the mortgage? Di Caprio is outstanding, as is Winslet, she having to deal with an American accent along with the tearing emotions. I didn't see that anyone picked up on the final scene, of Kathy Bates and her husband, but to me that was the whole moral of the story - here is where you will end up if you give in to what you know is not right for you. Overall, though, well done - except women in the 50s did NOT wear hats to work!!


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