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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

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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 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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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.


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

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Detrás de las paredes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,129,355, 2 October 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,283,440, 13 November 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Erik Van Looy was originally set to direct. See more »

Goofs

When one of the girls is playing the piano, the song heard is Beethoven's "Für Elise" (For Elise). Her arm movements clearly reveal she is not playing the song. See more »

Quotes

Chloe Patterson: Mom says you see them.
Will Atenton: Yeah.
Chloe Patterson: Could you tell them how much I miss them?
Will Atenton: Yeah.
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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)
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Courtesy of Written Entertainment, LLC
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Huge Potential, Huge Disappointment
30 September 2011 | by jean0519See all my reviews

Will Atenton moves into a dream home with his lovely wife and two precious children. Weird things start to happen and the family discovers an ugly secret about their house. Neighbors are acting strange, the local police are no help, and investigating the house's history begins to unravel the family, and gives way to other supernatural dimensions.

This movie could have been a terrific ghost story in the vein of Shutter Island, The Others, or The Sixth Sense. Instead it loses focus and turns left into a formulaic and somewhat random "whodunnit". More like "who cares?". About halfway through it got boring and stupid and illogical. What a waste of Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and a totally underused Naomi Watts. Recut and re-release it. There's a really good movie in there somewhere.


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