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Revolutionary Road (2008)

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A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

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Sam Mendes

Writers:

Justin Haythe (screenplay), Richard Yates (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... April Wheeler
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Frank Wheeler
Christopher Fitzgerald ... Party Guest
Jonathan Roumie ... Party Guest
Neal Bledsoe ... Party Guest
Marin Ireland ... Party Guest
Samantha Soule ... Party Guest
Heidi Armbruster ... Party Guest
Sam Rosen Sam Rosen ... Party Guest
Maria Rusolo ... Party Dancer
Gena Oppenheim ... Party Dancer
Kathryn Dunn Kathryn Dunn ... Party Dancer
Joe Komara ... Party Dancer (as Joe Kamara)
Allison Twyford Allison Twyford ... Party Dancer
David Harbour ... Shep Campbell
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Storyline

It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, are in the 'seven year itch' of their marriage; they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of being an actress, and Frank hates his job. One day, April suggests they move to Paris as a means to rejuvenate their life. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolutionary Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Beacon Falls, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$189,911, 28 December 2008

Gross USA:

$22,911,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,564,960
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It's never named in the film, but in Richard Yates' source novel, the play April acts in is Robert E. Sherwood's "The Petrified Forrest," written in 1935. In the play, the female lead, Gabby, dreams of leaving what she sees as a humdrum existence in the U.S. to move to France; this is also April Wheeler's dream. See more »

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At lunch, a co-worker tells Frank he will be "sorely missed in the old cubicle." Cubicles were introduced in the mid-1960s by Herman Miller Inc., a manufacturer of office furniture. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Wheeler: So, what do you do?
April Wheeler: I'm studying to be an actress. You?
Frank Wheeler: I'm a longshoreman.
April Wheeler: No, I mean, really.
Frank Wheeler: I mean really, too. Although starting next Monday I'm doing something a little more glamorous.
April Wheeler: What's that?
Frank Wheeler: Night cashier at a cafeteria.
April Wheeler: I don't mean how you make money. I mean, what are you interested in?
Frank Wheeler: Honey, if I had the answer to that one, I bet I'd bore us both to death in half an hour.
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Revolutionary Road A Tragic Realistic Love Story
8 June 2009 | by tburke85See all my reviews

Revolutionary Road is a tragic realistic love story powered by the believable performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet who reunite 12 years later after starring in 1997's Titanic together. They still have that great chemistry together as before and the story of the movie is not a happy one but its pretty realistic look of a marriage slowly deteriorating. Leonardo DiCaprio is good as always as Frank Wheeler and Kate Winslet is just as impressive playing his wife April who seem to have to be the perfect family with the house, the kids, and a good paycheck living in a Connecticut suburb in the 1950's. But appearances aren't always what they appear to be in this film directed by Sam Mendes. The man behind films like Road To Perdition, American Beauty, and Jardhead. He's also the husband of Kate Winslet. Mendes does another admirable job of bringing this tragic love story of the Wheelers to the big screen. DiCaprio and Winslet are fantastic portraying two people who do love each other but can't seem to make their marriage work. Dicaprio and Winslet disappear into their roles becoming those characters making you care about them and hoping they succeed. They both continue to show their amazing talent in this film. Kathy Bates turns in a decent performance as well but her character isn't it that much. She shows up for brief appearances here and there because the main focus is on Leo and Kate. Michael Shannon is the only one to standout in the rest of the supporting cast who do a good in their roles as well. Shannon plays John Givings a troubled man who says whats on his mind without thinking twice about it and is the only one who can see right through the Wheelers. Shannon may not get a lot of screen time but he does a great job in the small role he has in the movie. He's also the son of the character played by Bates. The scenes where DiCaprio and Winslet lash out at each other are done well you can feel the tension between them growing with each passing moment as their arguments escalate. The period setting fits with the tone of the film and everything in it looked realistic giving audiences a look at what things were like back then. There are two sex scenes both involving Winslet so parents should be warned but none of them are too explicit like Monster's Ball, Original Sin, or Little Children to name a few. The pacing for the movie was a little slow at times but the good more than outweighs the bad in Revolutionary Road. The movie doesn't have your typical Hollywood ending but thats one of things I liked it about because life doesn't always have a happy ending. Overall Revolutionary Road was better than expected it's a tragic love story brought to life because of the exceptional performances from both Dicaprio and Winslet who make the film worth the time to watch.


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