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Peacock (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 20 April 2010 (USA)
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A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.

Director:

Michael Lander

Writers:

Michael Lander, Ryan O Roy (as Ryan Roy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... John / Emma Skillpa
Ellen Page ... Maggie
Susan Sarandon ... Fanny Crill
Josh Lucas ... Officer Tom McGonigle
Bill Pullman ... Edmund French
Graham Beckel ... Connor Black
Keith Carradine ... Ray Crill
Eden Bodnar Eden Bodnar ... Louise Sternberg
Chris Carlson ... Neil
Flynn Milligan Flynn Milligan ... Jake
Virginia Newcomb ... Doris
Jaimi Paige ... Wanda
Nathan Christopher Nathan Christopher ... Cal
Richard Latch Richard Latch ... Mack
Tate Hustedt Tate Hustedt ... Brian Sternberg
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A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.

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If he only knew what she was doing.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Cillian Murphy and Ellen Page both starred together in Inception (2010) See more »

Goofs

When Maggie hands Emma Jake's birth certificate at the top it says State of Nebraska and stamped in the upper left corner it says City of Ladora. Ladora is in Iowa, not Nebraska.

There actually used to be a Ladora in Nebraska. It was the county seat of Blaine county before Brewster. The first post office was established there, when it was actually in Sioux county. The post office and actual county seat changed back and forth between Ladora and Brewster several times before Brewster was finally chosen as the permanent county seat in 1887 and the permanent site of the post office in 1888. There was also a newspaper named The Ladora Independent in Ladora, established in 1887. In 2010 there were only 478 people in all of Blaine county. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mother: [in overlapping voices and moods like memories] I'm doing this because I love you. John. You know what happens... I warned you. I warned you, John. This is what you'll turn into. I warned you. Don't talk to anyone. Why would you keep things from me! Look at me. Look at me, John. Look at me. John! Don't look at me unless I tell you to. You ruined it. Don't talk to anyone. Don't talk to anyone. Don't you keep things from me! I'm doing this because I love you. Don't move a muscle ...
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Cillian Murphy Performances (2018) See more »

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"Strange yet Satisfying Watch, Courtesy of Cillian Murphy"
19 October 2010 | by kimi_layercakeSee all my reviews

"Peacock" is an extremely strange movie. It is based in a small town called "Peacock" where John (Cillian Murphy) is a bank employee and leads a solitary life. What everyone is unaware of is that John dresses up as a woman(calling self Emma) very morning and does all the household chores like cooking breakfast, making lunch, cleaning the house, washing clothes etc. After that, "Emma" dresses up as "John" and begins his day by eating the breakfast, putting on neat clothes, taking the lunch box (all prepared by "Emma"). This routine of "Emma" and "John" continues everyday with no one being aware of the presence of "Emma".Until one day, due some incident, "Emma" comes to the attention of the entire town and everyone thinks of "Emma" as "John's wife". As a result, "John" starts playing "Emma" more often than earlier to avoid unwanted scenarios and a lot happens showcasing "John" troubled mental health and his struggle to keep up with both "John" and "Emma".

Cast-wise, it's a plethora of talent. Cillian Murphy has always been prodigious actor. It's unfortunate that his performance in this movie didn't get the recognition it deserves. His was probably one of the best performances in the decade. Susan Sarandon, Ellen Page, Josh Lucas all have a small, yet pivotal role, played with intent and unfeigned.

"Peacock" explores the fragile and unstable mental health of "John" due to an abusive and extremely reserved childhood. It's clear that "John" is suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder, but the way both his personalities "John" and "Emma" competes with each others aspects, how they are aware of each others presence but do nothing to avoid it, how both have contrasting perceptions and beliefs, how both try to undo matters done by the other etc are portrayed superbly, but the overall premise is subject to multiple explanations.

Overall, "Peacock" strangeness lies in the fact that it offers or rather viewer can perceive multiple explanations for the turn of events in the movie. Having said that, "Peacock" is a satisfying watch, courtesy of Cillian Murphy.

My Verdict: 7/10


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20 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Peacock See more »

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Denison, Iowa, USA See more »

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