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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.

Director:

Robin Swicord

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (based on the short story by), Robin Swicord (written for the screen by)
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Cast

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 Cameron Simmons ... Gleaner
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,299, 21 May 2017

Gross USA:

$262,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$798,214
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Also based on 'Wakefield', an update of Hawthorne's tale, by E.L. Doctorow that appeared in the Jan. 14, 2008 New Yorker. 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 »

Quotes

Howard Wakefield: I ask you what is so sacrosanct about a marriage and a family that you should have to live in it day after day however unrealized that life may be? Who hasn't had the impulse to just put their life on hold for a moment? I ask you.
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Entertaining but a little pointless
24 September 2017 | by gallagherkellieSee all my reviews

Bryan Cranston did a great job as always, but the plot was a little drawn out. Interesting idea for a movie, there isn't much explanation as to why he hid away for so long and why no-one ever checked the attic, but quirky and funny at times. The ending was a little frustrating but overall a decent but not amazing movie.


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