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The Letter (2012)

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A playwright who begins to mentally unravel cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.


Jay Anania


Jay Anania





Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Martine
Josh Hamilton ... Raymond
Marin Ireland ... Anita
Katherine Waterston ... Julie
James Franco ... Tyrone
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Elizabeth McIntyre
Laila Robins ... Doctor Tynan
Julie Ann Emery ... Doctor Lewis
Eisa Davis ... Therapist
Michael Kincade Michael Kincade ... Detective Roberts (as Mike Lubik)
C.J. Williams C.J. Williams ... Detective Abrams
Vince Jolivette ... Edward
Samantha Sherman ... Natasha
Britt Lower ... Kathleen
Clem Cheung ... Chinese Man


A playwright(Ryder) who begins to mentally unravel before premiere night. She is plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but cannot decide if she is at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Written by DemonMeister

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Obsession can blur the lines of reality.


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Winona Ryder and Laila Robins had previously co-starred in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" (1990.) See more »


[first lines]
Martine: I'm not sure I know how it began. But in the midst of a life that I now barely remember, in the midst of those now-forgotten New York days and nights, something happened. I believe it's all true. But it started with a dream.
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References Black Swan (2010) See more »


Six Note Progression
Written and Performed by Ty Anania
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Only if you are waiting for paint to dry
19 January 2016 | by justbusinessthebookSee all my reviews

Okay... I like movies that challenge me to think. But boring me to death as they lead me, an hour later, to pause it because, by god, both my date and I have fallen asleep...?

Art? Yes, this movie is art BUT, I would rather look at some paintings on a wall.... and watch the paint dry... And this review page requiring me to write 10 lines of review on a movie that can be summarized in five lines is almost as bad as being subjected to this movie in the first place.

Pretty Winona and all of the pretty men in this movie did not compensate for the loss of realization by the production people that the art of movies must have some emotional rewards or they are merely nice paintings 'on celluloid".

Good acting, I suppose, given the demands of this movie's intent to puzzle and intrigue. But endless weaK intrigue and puzzling dialogue with brief hints of the final analysis dd nothing to stop my eyelids from dropping shut. The reality is, me thinks, that most of us will find this movie as something we might add to 'an art collection' that would never make it to our display walls. This would be because we would fear too many of our friends actually beating their head, in frustration, upon 'the painting' so that they would never be subjected to it again... or so curious to watch it again and again, to find 'what did I miss'?, that they finally awaken to realize that they have just wasted hours of their lives.

Or, perhaps, awakening to the realization that this was boring art is not a waste of time for others? It was to me. A movie I would not have wasted my time on had I visited this review page first...

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Release Date:

27 June 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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