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The Woodsman (2004)

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

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Bob
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Mary-Kay
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Pedro
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Rosen
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Candy
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Sgt. Lucas (as Mos Def)
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Robin
Jessica Nagle ...
Annette
Liam Daniels ...
Boy at Playground
Joey Hazinsky ...
Cherub
Clara Hopkins Daniels ...
Little Girl on Bus (as Clara Infinity Daniels)
Ashley C. Coombs ...
Girl on Bus
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Storyline

After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language | See all certifications »

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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon in mir  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$53,985 (USA) (26 December 2004)

Gross:

$40,601 (USA) (20 November 2011)
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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are married in real life. They also worked together in Lemon Sky (1988), Pyrates (1991) and Murder in the First (1995). See more »

Goofs

The first time Walter and Vicki drive in her truck, the transmission is clearly in "park". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Lucas: Have you ever seen a seven year old... sodomized in half?
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Crazy Credits

In the soundtrack section of the credits, for the song "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)," "Performed" is misspelled as "Perfromed". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Close-Up (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

His Eye is on the Sparrow
(1905)
Music by Charles Gabriel (as C. Gabriel)
Lyrics by Civilla Martin (as C. Martin)
Performed by Patti LaBelle
Courtesy of Def Soul Records
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I like the noise
27 December 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Although I am a self-proclaimed Kevin Bacon hater, let me stand up and shout that this is not only his best ever performance (by far) but also a performance that will stand up against most any dramatic turn by any actor. For the first time, Bacon is understated rather than overacting and hamming. The film and Bacon capture the emotional torment of a recently released from prison child molester as he struggles to fit in and "be normal". Bacon's remarkable acting is extremely well supported by (his real life wife) Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt and a most surprising Eve. Bacon's eyes are truly haunting and we feel his pain as he struggles to find a bit of joy amidst his demons. Two weak script features were the rapidness of Sedgwick's character's acceptance of Bacon and the over the top scene in the park with young Robin. Otherwise, the realism was gritty and believable. Not one I want to see again, but the creepiness and edginess make it worth seeing.


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