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Wakefield (2016)

R | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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Bryan Cranston gives the performance of a lifetime as Howard Wakefield, a lawyer on the edge of madness who has decided to disassociate himself from his own life.

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Robin Swicord

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (based on the short story by), Robin Swicord (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Howard Wakefield
Jennifer Garner ... Diana Wakefield
Victoria Bruno ... Taylor
Ellery Sprayberry ... Giselle
Monica Lawson ... Ellen
Derek Alvarado ... Male Police Officer (as Derek Weston)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Babs
Ian Anthony Dale ... Ben Jacobs
Tracey Walter ... Homeless Man
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Emily
Isaac Leyva ... Herbert
Alexander Zale ... Dr. Sondervan
Jason O'Mara ... Dirk Morrison
Eliza Coleman ... Gleaner Woman
Cameron Simmons ... Gleaner
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Howard has a loving wife (Garner), two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. But inwardly he's suffocating, and eventually he snaps and goes into hiding in his garage attic leaving his family to wonder what happened to him. He observes them from his window - an outsider spying in on his own life - as the days of exile stretch into months. Is it possible to go back to the way things were? Written by JAP

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What would your life be like without you?

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Based on an old short story of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne. See more »

Goofs

The train Wakefield boarded from Grand Central was a diesel hauled train. A power outage might have affected the train's motion (electric trains stalled ahead etc), but it would not have affected the lights in the train given that the power comes from the diesel locomotive. See more »

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Howard Wakefield: "In the suburbs, we live in nature." That's a quote from my realtor, the selling phrase she used when Diana and I first looked at this place. And you do see deer, rabbits, crows. But we don't live in nature. That's the point of the suburbs. You live apart from humans. And you're protected from what's wild.
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Fascinatingly Introspective
11 July 2017 | by themovieparadiseSee all my reviews

Let's start first with Bryan Cranston's performance. When watching this movie, I think it would be easy for someone to overlook just how good he is. 85% of the movie is Cranston sitting in a room talking to himself, and yet he is able to bring such dimension and drama to it. He makes it look so easy and natural, and that's why it would be easy to overlook his performance. He absolutely carries the film, and it does not work without his ability as an actor. Jennifer Garner is also really good in this movie, however she is absolutely outshined by how brilliant Cranston is. Her role was also minute enough that really anyone could have played her character, whereas I don't think just anyone could have played Howard Wakefield. What struck me most about Wakefield was how much of a character study it was. It was actually more of a situational study. What does an average human being reduce themselves to when stripped of all their possessions? When they become entirely deprogrammed from society? This idea has been explored before, in films like Cast Away, but never quite in this way...


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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,299, 21 May 2017

Gross USA:

$262,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$798,214
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