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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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7 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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) (24 December 2004)

Gross:

$42,069 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Trivia

The original script took first place at the 2001 Slamdance Screenplay Competition. See more »

Goofs

The first time Sgt. Lucas enters the room, he notices the cherry table that Carlos brought back. The plant is already there, even though Vicki doesn't bring it to Walter until later. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Lucas: Do you believe in Fairy Tales?
Walter: Fairy Tales?
Sgt. Lucas: Yeah, like Alice in Wonderland.
Walter: No.
Sgt. Lucas: Yeah, yeah, me neither. What's that one with the Woodsman?
Walter: Woodsman?
Sgt. Lucas: Yeah, with the ax?
Walter: I don't know.
Sgt. Lucas: Yeah, you know it. The Woodsman, he cuts open the wolf's stomach and the little girl come out alive...
Walter: Little Red Riding Hood.
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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

Chop Wood, Carry Water
Written by Kevin Bacon
Performed by The Bacon Brothers
Courtesy of Forosoco Music
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Ignore the low rating
6 October 2004 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Vancouver Film Festival. Not only was it one of the best movies I saw at the fest, but one of the best of the year. I truly believed it to be Bacon's career performance.

The script is solid, full of great dialogue and thick symbolism. The characters all fully developed and never one-sided. Each has their dark side. A commendable effort to Emmy winner, Mos Def, who makes us hate him when he's a good cop, and love him when he's a bad one.

The reason the rating is so low is because it's hard to accept a character that is a child molester. Probably because everyone knows someone or is someone who has been sexually abused. This is a film about redemption and forgiveness--something we can all definitely agree with. It is also a story about humanity--something we all have in common.


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