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In The Bedroom

In The Bedroom

4.1 7
Director: Todd Field

Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Stahl


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Character actor and noted photographer Todd Field made his directorial debut with this emotionally powerful drama, which earned enthusiastic reviews at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a handsome and amiable young man who has recently graduated from high school and is spending the summer working as a lobster fisherman before heading off to


Character actor and noted photographer Todd Field made his directorial debut with this emotionally powerful drama, which earned enthusiastic reviews at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a handsome and amiable young man who has recently graduated from high school and is spending the summer working as a lobster fisherman before heading off to college in the fall. Frank is also involved with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an attractive woman ten years his senior who is separated from her husband Richard (William Mapother), though their divorce has not yet been finalized. Frank's parents, Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth (Sissy Spacek) wonder if it's wise for their son to be pursuing a romance that he won't be able to continue in a few months; Matt trusts Frank and leaves him to make his own decisions, while Ruth quietly but firmly registers her objections. One day, Richard snaps, and breaks into Natalie's home; when he discovers Frank is there, he viciously kills him. The wheels of justice turn in an unexpected direction, and Richard is released on bail, free to go his own way as he awaits his trial. Matt and Ruth are both deeply traumatized by the event; while Matt tries to deal with his hurt by retreating into his work and avoiding his feelings, Ruth instead becomes increasingly withdrawn, losing interest in her job as a music teacher and spending her nights chain smoking in front of the television. In the Bedroom was adapted from the short story Killings by Andre Dubus.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Actor Todd Field makes his directing debut with this somber, heart-wrenching drama about a middle-aged couple (Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson) whose lives are torn apart by an unspeakable tragedy. Based on a short story by Andre Dubus, In the Bedroom is deft in its use of visual metaphor and novelistic in its attention to detail as it carefully establishes Ruth and Matt Fowler's comfortable, happy world. Their rambling house in a quaint New England coastal town is straight out of Martha Stewart Living, and their only son, Frank (Nick Stahl), is a golden boy -- handsome, intelligent, and college bound. All that shadows the family’s sun-dappled existence is Mom’s concern about Frank’s relationship with his sexy girlfriend (Marisa Tomei), a working-class woman ten years his senior who is saddled with two kids and a jealous, abusive ex-husband. The violence that erupts from it, however, exceeds even her worst fears. What could have easily slipped into TV-movie sensationalism becomes a nuanced exploration of parental grief, thanks to pitch-perfect performances by Oscar nominees Spacek and Wilkinson. We watch as the Fowlers’ reserve slowly crumbles, releasing hidden wells of anger and pain that rise to a devastating emotional crescendo. A Sundance hit that was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Tomei), In the Bedroom tackles the grimmest of subject matter with grace and power.
All Movie Guide
Chief among the striking elements of the slow-burning critical favorite, In the Bedroom, is the final name in the opening credits: director Todd Field, a character actor best known to audiences as Tom Cruise's piano-playing friend in Eyes Wide Shut (2000). In his feature-length debut, Field showcases a languid pacing that perfectly suits the coastal Maine community of Camden, which he introduces as a hamlet of quiet insularity, its deceptive comfort peeling away into deep mourning. The soft background soundtrack of Boston Red Sox radio broadcasts is like an entrancing lullaby, heightening the sense of endless summer calm that the plot so viciously overturns. These instincts typify a veteran intuition on Field's part, which also coaxes career-best performances out of a number of actors, notably Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson, and Marisa Tomei. Spacek and Wilkinson routinely turn in good work, here offering award-worthy views into the unraveling of two previously contented salt-of-the-earth parents. But Field gets from Tomei a subtlety that was not even required in her Oscar-winning turn in My Cousin Vinny (1990), and has not been evident in her work since. For a consummate character study, In the Bedroom culminates in a manner some critics considered too theatrical, out of sync with the meditative two hours leading up to it. But nearly all of them were able to excuse the ending in deference to Field's detailed incisions into the paralyzing impotence of grief.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

There are scenes as true as movies can make them, and even when the story develops thriller elements, they are redeemed, because the movie isn't about what happens, but about why.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
With performances that will raise the hairs on the back of your head, it's a film that knows the private geography of love, grief and obsession.

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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sissy Spacek Ruth Fowler
Tom Wilkinson Matt Fowler
Nick Stahl Frank Fowler
Marisa Tomei Natalie Strout
William Mapother Richard Strout
William Wise Willis Grinell
Celia Weston Katie Grinell
Karen Allen Marla Keyes
Veronica Cartwright Minister on television
Don Lewis Bridge Operator
Ron Russell Rockland T-ball
Andrea Walker Waitress
Justin Ashforth Tim
Samuel Johnson Rockland T-ball
Daran Norris Red sox replay
Christopher Adams Duncan Strout
Sara Armstrong Chorus
Elly Barksdale Chorus
Erin Barksdale Chorus
Daniel Baxter-Leahy Rockland T-ball
Rebecca Benner Rockland T-ball
Bethany Berry Rockland T-ball
Hope Berry Rockland T-ball
David Blair Marlboro man
Terry A. Burgess District Attorney
John Campanello Reporter
Brandon Carleton Rockland T-ball
Lisa Carlton Rockland T-ball
Kevin Chapman Tim's Friend
Sam Cousins Rockland T-ball
Coomenic Cuccinello Rockland T-ball
Bill Dawkins Elwyn Adamson
Harriet Dawkins Alma Adamson
Robert Demkowicz Reporter
Deborah Derecktor Janelle
Ryan Ecker Rockland T-ball
Alida P. Field Young Gymnast
Henry Field Rockland T-ball/Young Frank
Honorable Joseph Field Judge
Rachel Freeman Rockland T-ball
Shyann Gauthier Rockland T-ball
Gwendolyn Gilchrist Chorus
Shauneen Grout Chorus
Brian Hagley Rockland T-ball
Jackie Hagley Rockland T-ball
Diane E. Hamlin Davis' Assistant
Daniel Hendricks Rockland T-ball
Adah Holman Chorus
Dale Johnson Rockland T-ball
Jessie Lanoue Chorus
Alicia Laplant Chorus
Iris Leslie Chorus
Matthew Maxwell Rockland T-ball
Francis Mazzeo Rockland T-ball
Elisabeth McClure Elderly Woman
Jared Mekin Rockland T-ball
Joshua Mills Rockland T-ball
Camden Munson Jason Strout
W. Clapham Murray Carl
Chelsea Peasley Rockland T-ball
Eric Rahkonen Rockland T-ball
Doug Rich Fork lift Operator
Natalie Russell Rockland T-ball
Misty Seekins Rockland T-ball
Tyler Shane Smith-Campbell Rockland T-ball
Parker Spear Rockland T-ball
Philip Spearing Rockland T-ball
Ben Staples Rockland T-ball
Owen Thompson Rockland T-ball
Erica Towle-Powers Chorus
Mackenzie Tucker Rockland T-ball
Jonathan Walsh Father McCasslin
Evanne Weirich Director
Frank T. Wells Henry
Nichole Wimbiscus Chorus
Robin Wimbiscus Performance Coordinator
Anna Winsor Chorus
Harold Withee Grocery Clerk

Technical Credits
Todd Field Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Antonio Calvache Cinematographer
Stephen Dembitzer Executive Producer
Andre Dubus Original Story
Melissa Economy Costumes/Costume Designer
Rob Festinger Screenwriter
Michael Genne Camera Operator
Bob Harper Makeup
Terri Harper Makeup
Randi Hiller Casting
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Ross Katz Producer
Graham Leader Producer
Belinda Monte Casting
Thomas Newman Score Composer
John Penotti Executive Producer
Serena Rathbun Consultant/advisor
Frank Reynolds Editor
Brian Ricci Special Effects
Penn Sicre Executive Producer
Dan Stillman Asst. Director
Danny Stillman Asst. Director
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Lisa Varetakis Sound Editor
Tim Williams Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening
2. Duncan's Birthday
3. "A Summer Thing"
4. Milk and Cookies
5. Call Them
6. High Stakes
7. The Call
8. Wake
9. Trial
10. Morning Papers
11. The Cabin
12. A Boy's Will
13. Hauling Traps
14. Sticks & Stones
15. Labor Day
16. Waiting Up
17. End Credits

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In The Bedroom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a great movie and should have won all 5 Acdemy Awards it was nominated for. Definately recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''In the Bedroom'' is a very intriguing and well-crafted film. Filled with raw emotion and pitch perfect performances, Todd Field's modern masterpiece showcases a family's grief, and hits right on target. With his superb direction, and Thomas Newman's eerie and extremely well-blended score, the silent stretches shriek irrepressibly, leaving the audience jarred and heartbroken. At one moment suspenseful, the next disheartening and tragic, ''In the Bedroom'' emerges as the most deft and poignant film of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was bar-none the most stunning, beautiful, and intense movie that I have seen in my 16-year-life span. Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson play wonderfully deppressed, love-starved, and emotional parental units while they struggle to survive past the murder of their son. Marisa Tomei, the son's girlfriend, gives, what I feel, her best performance since My Cousin Vinny. The ending will shock you, and yet move you. I recommend this movie to anyone, and '' In the Bedroom'' will remain one of my favorite movies.
Collection9 More than 1 year ago
Good acting by the cast of character. It was a little slow in some parts but overall very well worth watching. One of my favorites
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like slo-mo revenge fantasies, see this movie. If you are the parent of a murdered or otherwise deceased child - DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE! Only the rubberneckers of therapy will ''appreciate'' the ''courage and bravery'' of this ''heroic'' couple. For a movie that describes itself ''ultimately about REDEMPTION'' [emphasis mine] in the trailer spots, where was it exactly? When he stares at the ceiling while lying ''in the bedroom'' at night? What a hero! What a saint! Bravo! Replace the ''-demption'' with ''-venge'' to get a more accurate characterization of the plot of this movie, which is only one half-step above ''I Spit On Your Grave'' or ''Texas Chainsaw Massacre'' in the morality category.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good Movie. Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl, and Marisa Tomei's performances were oscar calibur. It is slow moving and very dramatic so be patient with the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago