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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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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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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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Runtime:

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

At the end of the movie, when Will is being dragged further into the front lawn away from his burning house, Emergency Services asks, him," Is there anybody else in the house?" Will answers in the negative. When Emergency Services found the two bodies inside the house, there should have been an investigation which would have ended most likely with Will being incarcerated and not seeing himself on a book standing outside on the sidewalk. He was already convicted of multiple murders so he would have been found guilty either by pleading or by jury even with the testimony of Ann. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Medlin: Alright, now I want to show you something I showed you earlier. From five years ago.
[plays back CCTV recording showing a violent, crazed man turning to face the camera]
Will Atenton: [shocked pause] That's not... Peter Ward. That's... that's me.
Dr. Medlin: You lived in this institution for five years, Peter.
Will Atenton: No. Um... that's, that's ridiculous. I... I'm not Peter Ward. I'm Will Atenton.
Dr. Medlin: That's the name you gave yourself. W1-1L becomes Will. The numbers 8-10-10 become Atenton. Will Atenton.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Woman in Black (2012) See more »

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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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Mystery, suspense, a little romance, and an original plot sure to stun.
7 May 2016 | by jayzholygrailSee all my reviews

This is a sweet, psychotic trip about a dad who was framed and who lives a schizophrenic second reality every time he's in his house, where there was a tragic accident, for which he was framed. It'll break your heart and make you think. This films draws a perfect picture that is heartbreaking and shows the extent of love, justice, and a broken, but beautiful love story.

I loved this movie so much. It was so sweet and exquisite, like gourmet food, in the beginning and then the story folds out as you normally think it would, being a thriller; but there's an unexpected twist that is so freaking brilliant and the every event that follows will make you roll out one tear at a time. It's definitely worth a watch and I've already made plans to re-watch. With a bit of romance, mystery, and definitely suspense, this is one of the best films I've seen in the past twenty years. The casting could not be any better and with a plot that is just as freaking amazing, you have this amazing underrated film.


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