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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... April Wheeler
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Frank Wheeler
Christopher Fitzgerald 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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the second time Leonardo DiCaprio played a character named Frank and the third time Kathy Bates played a character named Helen. See more »

Goofs

Grand Central Station has only allowed electric locomotives since long before the 1950s. The train Frank takes to work is pulled by an Alco RS-3 diesel locomotive, which does not have dual diesel/electric power capability. 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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits: "For Mia and Joe." See more »


Soundtracks

Moonlight In Vermont
Written by John Blackburn and Karl Suessdorf
Performed by The King Cole Trio
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Thought-provoking and sad.
6 February 2009 | by esale1See 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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