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Wakefield (2016)

R | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.

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... Howard Wakefield
... Diana Wakefield
... Taylor
... Giselle
... Ellen
Derek Alvarado ... Male Police Officer (as Derek Weston)
... Babs
... Ben Jacobs
... Homeless Man
... Emily
... Herbert
... Dr. Sondervan
... Dirk Morrison
... Gleaner Woman
... 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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Drama

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »
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19 May 2017 (USA)  »

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A Vida em Espera  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,120, 19 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$259,412, 14 July 2017
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Filmed in 20 days. See more »

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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: People will say that I left my wife and I suppose, as a factual matter, I did, but where was the intentionality? I had no thought of deserting her.
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Brilliant Performance by Bryan Cranston
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Bryan Cranston's character devolve, much as his character in Breaking Bad did. He does a wonderful job showing us what made his character do what he did. Jennifer Garner is great as his wife. Beverly D'Angelo is amusing as Jennifer Garner's mother. There are dark moments, but also periods of levity. Bryan Cranston has to carry the majority of the film as we see everything through his eyes or as he interprets it. It is a unique way to show a person as they go through a possible break down. Who among us hasn't wanted to walk away from our life at some point? And haven't we wondered if we'd be missed and by whom? A must see film!


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