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The Glass House (2001)

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An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writer:

Wesley Strick
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Ruby Baker
Diane Lane ... Erin Glass
Stellan Skarsgård ... Terrence 'Terry' Glass
Bruce Dern ... Begleiter
Kathy Baker ... Nancy Ryan
Trevor Morgan ... Rhett Baker
Chris Noth ... Uncle Jack
Michael O'Keefe ... Dave Baker
Vyto Ruginis ... Don
Gavin O'Connor ... Whitey
Carly Pope ... Tasha
China Shavers ... E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
Agnes Bruckner ... Zoe
Michael Paul Chan ... Mr. Kim
Rachel Wilson ... Hannah
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Storyline

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

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Fear sees through See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glass House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,448, 16 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,001,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Agnes Bruckner and China Shavers. See more »

Goofs

When Nancy Ryan opens the medicine cabinet, she finds two bottles of insulin. Insulin must be kept in the refrigerator. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes two cut scenes from the fim:
  • After Ruby faints when she finds the cops at her house, she wakes up the next morning thinking her parents' accident was a dream. When she heads downstairs, the neighbors are there to tell her it wasn't. Ruby sits at the table and cries sadly as the camera slowly pans away from her.
  • Another scene has Ruby and Rhett at the funeral burying their parents' ashes at the cemetary.
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Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Soubrette
Written by Christopher Young
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Get this straight, Ruby... you and Rhett... are mine.
31 May 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I turned this on and immediately started looking for something that would start in a half hour. I did not expect to be interested, but I couldn't stop watching.

Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and Rhett (Trevor Morgan) lose their parents in a terrible car accident, and the Glasses, Terry (Stellan Skarsgård) and Erin (Diane Lane), take them in. Everything appears normal, Erin is a doctor, and Terry runs a big business, drives a Jag, and they live in a huge house. But everything isn't as it seems or we would have no movie.

Ruby starts to get suspicious about things she sees and hears, and the attempts of Terry to explain them seem to mollify her for a time. However, she finds things that are definitely wrong, and makes plans to escape with her brother.

This is where the thriller begins: car chases, and fights, and death and duplicity. It definitely kept my interest, and I suspect it will keep yours.


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