Reservation Road

Reservation Road

Director: Terry George Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly

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The lingering weight of tragedy threatens to pull two men under following a harrowing hit-and-run accident in a quiet revenge drama directed by Terry George and starting Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix. When his son is killed in an unsolved hit-and-run accident, a grieving father (Phoenix) spends his waking hours seeking vengeance against the man (Ruffalo) who perpetrated the deadly crime. It was a warm September evening when college professor Ethan Learner (Phoenix), his wife, Grace (Jennifer Connelly), and their daughter, Emma (Elle Fanning), went to see Emma's ten-year-old brother, Josh (Sean Curley), play cello at a recital. As usual, Josh's performance is superb and the rest of his family wells up with pride. Later, a chance stop at a gas station on Reservation Road results in a tragedy that will leave the surviving members of the family forever broken. On that same evening, hours earlier, law associate Dwight Arno (Ruffalo) takes his 11-year-old son, Lucas (Eddie Alderson), to see a Red Sox game. The loving father cherishes the time spent with his young son, and the pair hope to watch their favorite team pave a road to the World Series. When the game ends, Dwight prepares to drop Lucas off with his mother, Ruth (Mira Sorvino) -- who is also Dwight's ex-wife. On the way home, Dwight and Lucas stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, the accident happens in a flash -- so fast that Lucas never even realized what his father had done. But this crime wasn't without a witness, because Ethan watched every horrifying second of the tragedy unfold with his own eyes. As the police are called and the investigation ensues, everyone involved responds to the incident in their own ways, and two grief-stricken fathers are faced with making the hardest decisions of their lives.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
UPC: 0025193344823
Original Release: 2007
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 43,949

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Looking Back on Reservation Road: Watch the award-winning cast as they work to create this powerful tale

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Ethan Learner
Mark Ruffalo Dwight Arno
Jennifer Connelly Grace Learner
Mira Sorvino Ruth Wheldon
Elle Fanning Emma Learner
Sean Curley Josh Learner
Samuel Ryan Finn Cello Player
Eddie Alderson Lucas Arno
Susan Powell Elegant Parent
Cordell Clyde Jimmy McBride
Antoni Corone Sergeant Burke
Kevin Herbst Driving Trooper
Gary Kohn Norris Wheldon
John Slattery Steve
Nora Ferrari Nora
Linda Dano Grandmother
John Rothman Minister
Geisha Otero Blanca
Brett Haley Brett
Sinead Daly American Girl
Armin Amiri Rashid
Jonathan Tchaikovsky Jock
Lee Goffin-Bonenfant Student
Americk Lewis African American Student
Danny Johnson Investigating Trooper
Bill Camp Desk Trooper
Stephanie Weyman Cheryl
Raum-Aron Gerry
Debra Robinson Parent
Michael Anzalone Dwight's Neighbor
David Anzuelo Raul
Julian Rebolledo News Announcer
Peter Pamela Rose News Announcer
Kathryn Markey News Announcer
Ross Klavan News Announcer
James Shearman Conductor

Technical Credits
Terry George Director,Screenwriter
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
John Cenatiempo Stunts
Peter Epstein Stunts
Nora Felder Musical Direction/Supervision
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Catherine George Costumes/Costume Designer
Naomi Geraghty Editor
Eric W. Henriquez Asst. Director
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Kim Jennings Art Director
Dean M Leavitt Executive Producer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Paul Marini Stunts
Eddie Micallef Stunts
Anthony Molinari Stunts
Gina Resnick Executive Producer
John Burnham Schwartz Screenwriter
Glen Trotiner Asst. Director
Nick Wechsler Producer
Ford Wheeler Production Designer
Bryan Farrell Wilson Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reservation Road
1. Hit and Run [6:41]
2. Scene of the Crime [6:02]
3. Out of Sight [3:58]
4. Why? [5:27]
5. An Angel Now [3:21]
6. Making Progress [5:39]
7. Retaining Counsel [4:51]
8. Be a Man [8:04]
9. Personal Investigation [3:01]
10. Video Confession [3:40]
11. Attempt to Surrender [4:45]
12. No Justice [1:42]
13. Making a Connection [5:53]
14. Flashback [7:41]
15. Putting It Together [4:51]
16. Take Responsibility [2:01]
17. Discovery [1:57]
18. Lethal Measures [4:47]
19. Already Dead [4:58]
20. End Titles [6:14]

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Reservation Road 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The profound effects of the accidental death of a child on three families is vividly portrayed in this dark film by writer/director Terry George ('Hotel Rwanda', Hart's War', 'In the Name of the Father') as adapted and co-written by John Burnham Schwartz on whose novel the film is based. While it seems we are seeing a glut of films dealing with revenge on the part of injured people who feel the Law isn't fulfilling its duty, when a film such as RESERVATION ROAD comes along the theme feels fresh. Ethan and Grace Learner (Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly) and their children Josh (Sean Curley) and Emma (Elle Fanning) are the 'perfect family', living comfortably in Connecticut, until one night after a picnic where Josh captured fireflies for his sister, the family stops at a roadside station and while Josh releases the fireflies at his mother's request he is hit by a car and killed. The driver of the car is Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) who is trying to return his son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) to his estranged, remarried wife Ruth (Mira Sorvino) after a baseball game that ran too long. Instead of stopping when he hits the child, Dwight drives on, not wanting to upset his son. Within the tragedy of the next week the Learners are devastated and feel the police are not finding the perpetrator. They decide to engage a lawyer to assist the investigation and the lawyer they engage is Dwight, a man so torn by the sadness of his life that he is barely functioning - trying to find some solace in restoring a solid relationship with his son while dealing with the fact that he has killed another family's son. The events that proceed reveal the agonies of the accident and the effect of that death on both Ethan (enraged) and Grace (desperately trying to focus on her remaining child), and on Dwight (obsessed with guilt and driven to thoughts of suicide) and his ex-wife Ruth who acts as an unknowing intermediary. The final effects on each of these bruised people bring a surprising end to the story. The quality of acting is strong as we have come to expect with the likes of Phoenix, Connelly, Ruffalo and Sorvino, who bring us into the tough story with considerable commitment: we understand the thoughts and drives of each of these sad characters. Adding to the sensitive atmosphere is yet another strong musical score by Mark Isham who understands the fine art of creating a soundtrack that enhances the story. The theme may be a bit repetitive and the script somewhat formulaic, but the emotional effect on the viewer cannot be denied. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reservation road was one of the most emotional movies that i have ever saw. The entire cast of this movie was outstanding. I can't imadgine any family going through what this family went through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago