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In the Bedroom (2001)

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »
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William Wise ...
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Katie Grinnel
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Marla Keyes
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W. Clapham Murray ...
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Tim Bryson
Terry A. Burgess ...
District Attorney
Jonathan Walsh ...
Father McCasslin
Diane E. Hamlin ...
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Jason Strout
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Storyline

In idyllic Mid-Coast Maine, the Fowler family's only son Frank comes home from his freshman year at college for summer vacation. His mother Ruth, the school choir director, is unhappy with Frank dating soon-to-be divorced mother Natalie who is several years his senior, but Frank's father Matt, the town doctor, doesn't see a problem. While Frank considers holding off his future for Natalie, her jilted husband causes them all problems until an unthinkable tragedy shakes the community to its very core. Written by Bryan Way

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A young man. An older woman. Her ex-husband. Things are about to explode...

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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8 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A hálószobában  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,972, 25 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,930,604

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,368,779, 12 October 2003
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Trivia

Only once do we actually see Richard cross paths with Ruth after he's out on bail. Eventually, during Ruth's and Matt's fight and reconciliation, she tells of how she's been seeing Richard all over town and that he smiled at her. Though this event occurred off screen, some viewers interpret that Ruth was lying about Richard smiling at her to provoke Matt into killing him. On some level, she must have known he'd get rid of Richard somehow. See more »

Goofs

When Frank, Natalie and Matt are eating lunch, Natalie picks up a pickle, but in the next shot she is holding her glass in that hand, not the pickle. See more »

Quotes

[to Matt]
Ruth Fowler: Did you do it?
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Crazy Credits

Graham Leader gratefully acknowledges ... Ann, Kira & Saks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sopranos: Mergers and Acquisitions (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Dobro-Dosle
Macedonian Traditional
Performed by The Newark Balkan Girls Chorus
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Not a False Moment to Be Found. Stunning.
2 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Every once in awhile, a filmmaker comes along and adds a pitch-perfect sensibility to a compelling story, well-written script, and perfect cast. This has happened with In the Bedroom. Though I saw, and enjoyed, director Todd Field's 2nd feature, Little Children, when it came out a few years back, I was truly astounded by In the Bedroom.

At a time when Americans' tastes in films are getting more and more juvenile, In the Bedroom is that rare film; one aimed adults. The characters and story line is compelling, the shots kept simple, yet beautiful, and the feel of the film is as real as most you will see. In the Bedroom would fit in perfectly with the some of the films from golden age of the 70s film-making. Unfortunately, we are seeing this less and less of those types of films these days.

It is hard to find a false moment, whether in dialogue or behavior, in this film. It deals with circumstances that we hear about every day, yet is no less captivating because of it. We are not clobbered over the head with the moments we are meant to feel deeply, yet they are apparent and often devastating to watch. There is an old saying, "you know the truth when you see it", and that certainly applies to this film. There was a knot in my stomach the entire first 30 minutes of the film, as director Field slowly builds to something you know is inevitable, and almost can't bare to watch.

Excellent performances turned in by Spacek, Wilkinson, Tomei, as well as all the supporting players. Proof, once again, that actors often make some of the finest directors.


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