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Dream House (2011)

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Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

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Jim Sheridan

Writer:

David Loucka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Will Atenton
Naomi Watts ... Ann Patterson
Rachel Weisz ... Libby
Elias Koteas ... Boyce
Marton Csokas ... Jack Patterson
Taylor Geare ... Trish
Claire Geare Claire Geare ... Dee Dee (as Claire Astin Geare)
Rachel G. Fox ... Chloe Patterson (as Rachel Fox)
Jane Alexander ... Dr. Greeley
Brian Murray ... Dr. Medlin
Bernadette Quigley ... Heather Keeler
Sarah Gadon ... Cindi
Gregory Smith ... Artie
Mark Wilson ... Capt. Conklin
David Huband ... Officer Nelson
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Storyline

Some say that all houses have memories. For one man, his home is the place he would kill to forget. A family unknowingly moves into a home where several grisly murders were committed ... only to find themselves the killer's next target. Successful publisher Will Atenton (Craig) quit a job in New York City to relocate his wife, Libby (Weisz), and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they settle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the scene of the murder of a mother and her children. And the entire city believes it was at the hands of the husband who survived. When Will investigates the tragedy, his only lead comes from Ann Paterson (Watts), a neighbour who was close to the family that died. As Will and Ann piece together the disturbing puzzle, they discover that the story of the last man to leave Will's dream house will be just as horrifying to the one who came next. Written by Universal Pictures

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Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,129,355, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$21,302,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,984,400
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the shooting of this film, Daniel Craig (Will Atenton) and Rachel Weisz (Libby) met and started an affair, in which their relationship was publicly announced several months later. They married in a discreet ceremony. When asked about the movie, Craig said, "The movie didn't turn out great. But I met my wife. Fair trade." See more »

Goofs

In the diner where Will is asking the police officers about the murders, the front shot of the officers is flipped as indicated by the text on the menu in the background as well as the seating of the officers switching between shots. That's because it's being seen through the mirror behind the counter at the diner. See more »

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Will Atenton: Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.
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Never Too Far Away
Written by Ashanti (as Ashanti Douglas) and L.T. Hutton (as L.T. Hutton)
Produced by L.T. Hutton (as L.T. Hutton)
Performed by Ashanti
Courtesy of Written Entertainment, LLC
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When Daniel Craig met Rachel Weisz
20 November 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I was certainly interested in seeing "Dream House," since I just got back from seeing this couple in "Betrayal." Let me tell you, from a strictly visual point of view, both of them are gorgeous, not to mention both wonderful actors on stage and on screen.

I gather from reading a few reviews that this film suffers from the director having the final cut taken from him, a bad trailer, and being incorrectly advertised.

I had never heard of it until I rented it. It's a thriller about a man named Will Attenton (Craig) who quits his job in order to spend time with his wife (Weisz) and two daughters. They have bought a place away from the city, but they didn't know that three of the previous four inhabitants of the house had been murdered by the husband and father. After some strange happenings, Will tries to find out what happened, which includes going to the institution where the father, Peter Ward, was sent after the murders. He was incapable of standing trial. What Will finds out is a huge shock.

I actually liked this film, and I would have liked to have seen the director's cut, since apparently the actors were all up in arms about Jim Sheridan not being permitted to do what he wanted with the final product.

I think for that reason, it's a tad confusing, nothing that a second viewing wouldn't solve. It's not as bad as it's been reviewed to be, and I think one poster was right - people were expecting a horror film and were disappointed. Well, I will never be disappointed about not seeing a horror film. And I'm a sucker for Daniel Craig.


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