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It's never named in the film, but in Richard Yates' source novel, the play April acts in is Robert E. Sherwood's "The Petrified Forrest," written in 1935. In the play, the female lead, Gabby, dreams of leaving what she sees as a humdrum existence in the U.S. to move to France.
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The film was shot almost entirely in sequence.
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.
The rights to adapt the book into a movie were bought in 1967.
Ryan Simpkins and Ty Simpkins, who play Frank and April's children, are real-life siblings.
In the end credits it says, "For Mia and Joe." Mia is Kate Winslet's daughter with her first husband Jim Threapleton. Joe is Winslet and director Sam Mendes' son.
At around 61 minutes in the movie, during an argument, a fallen painting of the Titanic is visible in the bottom left of the frame, behind April. Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kathy Bates all starred in the movie Titanic (1997).
Matt Damon was considered for Frank Wheeler, but could not do it due to scheduling conflicts.
The first film collaboration between Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes.
The song that plays throughout the main trailer is "Wild Is the Wind," written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, and performed by Nina Simone. The song did not appear in the movie, partly because it was released in 1957. Johnny Mathis was the first singer to record it, for the movie Wild Is the Wind (1957), and it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song. Nina Simone's recording was made in 1966.
This film marked the second time Kathy Bates has played opposite both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
The tickets to Paris are on a Cunard Line steamer. Cunard Line merged with White Star Line, which built and owned the Titanic. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Titanic (1997).
This was the second movie Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet worked on together since Titanic (1997). Paramount Pictures, which distributed the early film in the U.S., was the worldwide distributor of this film.
Some scenes in the U.S. and International trailer were not included in the final cut of the movie, such as the scene of Frank's "Nothing's forever, right?" line and the scene with Helen showing the Wheelers their soon-to-be home.
The film was entirely shot on locations in Connecticut (doubling for New York) and without any use of sound stages.
This film marked the second time Kate Winslet has been in a movie where she makes love in a vintage car, and someone's hand hits the window and slides down it in the throes of passion. The first time was in Titanic (1997).
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.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates, and one Oscar nominee, Michael Shannon.
Producer Elliott Kastner planned to make this in the late 1960s.
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This film marked the second time Leonardo DiCaprio played a character named Frank and the third time Kathy Bates played a character named Helen.
This film marked the second collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, after Titanic (1997), where they also played lovers.
This film marked Leonardo DiCaprio's second time playing a character name Frank. The first time was in Catch Me If You Can (2002), where his name was Frank Jr.
In his comments about the book Kurt Vonnegut said that this was "The Great Gatsby" of his generation. Leonardo DiCaprio - who plays Frank in this film - later on played the lead role in The Great Gatsby (2013).
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The only film that year nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and not Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In 1955, the year most of the movie is set, abortion was illegal throughout the US. It remained illegal in most states until Roe v. Wade in 1973 (see also the trivia for Dirty Dancing (1987)). In Connecticut, it was also illegal to buy or use any form of contraception, until Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965. One of Frank's work friends jokes that April's pregnancy was the result of a faulty prophylactic, but it would have been illegal for the Wheelers to use any form of birth control. Since Frank worked in New York, he could have brought birth control there, but its use in Connecticut still would have been illegal. In the book April comments that she felt her diaphragm was loose the night they conceived, and that she had to go out the next day to buy a replacement.
It is noted above that Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kathy Bates all appeared in Titanic (1997), but the character interrelationships here are almost exactly the inverse. In Titanic (1997), Winslet and Dicaprio are members of different classes but with similar values, and their love proved stronger than society's rules. In this film, they are both middle class but with different priorities imprinted upon them by society, and it is society's pressure that causes their fundamental schism. In Titanic (1997) Kathy Bates' character is a rich person with commoner values who approved of the main character's dreams and believed the rules of society were ridiculous. In this film, Bates is a middle-class suburbanite who puts on airs of "propriety" and promotes the oppressive rules of society to such a degree that she alienates her own son and hypocritically "never liked" her good friends the Wheelers after their scandal.
At the end of Titanic (1997), Leonardo DiCaprio's character dies and Kate Winslet's lives. At the end of this film, the opposite happens: Winslet dies and DiCaprio lives.
There are two scenes of on-screen sexual intercourse. In both instances, the man climaxes and the woman does not. A third scene (the secretary) only references the act, but still communicates that the man's satisfaction was the priority.
During the scene immediately prior to April's affair with Shep, the lighting directly reflects April's emotional state. When Frank dances with Milly they are both bathed in green light (envy). April later sits in blue light when discussing her sadness with Shep, and finally, April and Shep dance together under red lights, representing their lust.
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