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Collaborator (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 13 July 2012 (Canada)
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A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.


Martin Donovan


Martin Donovan
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Martin Donovan ... Robert Longfellow
David Morse ... Gus Williams
Olivia Williams ... Emma Stiles
Melissa Auf der Maur ... Alice Longfellow
Eileen Ryan ... Betty
Julian Richings ... Maurice LeFont
Katherine Helmond ... Irene Longfellow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark-Cameron Fraser Mark-Cameron Fraser ... SWAT Cop
Phillip Palmer Phillip Palmer ... News Anchor
Jim Pirri ... Officer Revel
David Rasche ... Radio Host (voice)
Leslie Sykes Leslie Sykes ... News Anchor
Mary B. Ward Mary B. Ward ... Radio Host (voice)
Russell Yuen ... David Piro (voice)


Robert Longfellow is a playwright whose latest play in New York City has just bombed while his marriage is in no better shape. Seeking an escape, he travels back to Los Angeles to visit his mother, meet a dear secret girlfriend and decide on new writing opportunities. However, everything changes when his brutish childhood neighbor, Gus, takes Robert hostage with the police surrounding the house. In this situation, the strained conversations inside drift to Robert's profession and the nature of creative writing. To placate Gus, Robert introduces him to improvisational dialogue and the pair engage in some dramatic exercises. However as they perform, the material becomes more personal as the trapped pair confront each other with hard truths that will leave neither of them unscathed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Can't we all just get along?


Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

13 July 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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An intricate, surprising gem
17 January 2015 | by pjjones2See all my reviews

I was really taken with this film. It starts off about one theme, a professional failure, and then peels away unfolding like an emotional and psychological crap shoot. It builds in tension as it discards its facade. The dialog is on point, with the protagonist, a master of language, modifying his speech and tone to better fit those he converses with: his mother, wife, an elderly neighbor, a childhood friend. The dialog serves as its own character. I found myself stepping into the protagonist's shoes, reacting as I might to my past, taking a closer look whether I wanted to or not. Some nostalgic bells certainly rang for me, but that was the point. It is a film to watch slowly, to listen to without distraction. Perhaps it could have been tighter wound, crisper around the early edges, but then it's supposed to come at you from behind.

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