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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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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 overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... April Wheeler
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Frank Wheeler
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Marin Ireland ... Party Guest
Samantha Soule ... Party Guest
Heidi Armbruster ... Party Guest
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen ... Party Guest
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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, are in the 'seven year itch' of their marriage; they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of being an actress, and Frank hates his job. One day, April suggests they move to Paris as a means to rejuvenate their life. 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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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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2.35 : 1
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While directing the love scene between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, director Sam Mendes, Winslet's then-husband, opted to watch the monitor from another room. See more »

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During the opening sequence, an establishing shot shows the Manhattan Bridge. The Verrazano Narrows Bridge is far in the background, even though it was completed in November 1964. See more »

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Frank Wheeler: Night cashier at a cafeteria.
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Book 10/10 - Film 8/10
10 December 2008 | by GolligowSee all my reviews

I went to see this at an advanced screener in Leicester Square last night. Kate Winslett chatted about the film on stage afterward. I went as one of those people who'd read the book and consider that source material to be amongst the best literature I'd ever read. I was wondering if and how the film could match up. My prior concerns were about how accurate the film would be. Well, there's nothing to worry about there. Mendes has created a near carbon copy of the book, the locations, characters and scenes are all exactly as I 'saw' them on the page. Nothing (as far as I could tell) is portrayed out of order, no extra characters are introduced, and no primary characters are dropped or altered. The acting is 100% perfect. The mies-en-scene is perfect. Absolutely nothing could or should have been done differently. So why not 10/10? The problem lies in the fact that Yates' novel is a literary one, much of the essence of the experience of the story is realized by Yates with just the right turn of phrase or choice of word. How does a director set about depicting or capturing this visually? I don't think he really can, he needs to use cinematic tricks and devices to inject resonance, the same resonance Yates achieves with that turn of phrase. But in being so (probably rightly) concerned about being true to the source material, the film somehow comes up a little flat as a film going experience, a sort of American Beauty without the crucial stylistic bells and whistles. Kate Winslett said afterward that (interestingly) it was she who had brought the book and the project to her husband, not vice versa and that it took some consideration for Sam Mendes to convince himself that he hadn't already told this story before, and by the final credits, I too was thinking just that, it felt like I'd watched a prequel to American Beauty, but without the pizazz and the rapture and the delight. So, the book, 10/10, the film, 8/10.


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