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Arlington Road (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jeff Bridges Michael Faraday
Tim Robbins Oliver Lang/William Fenimore
Joan Cusack Cheryl Lang
Hope Davis Brooke Wolfe
Robert Gossett FBI Agent Whit Carver
Stanley Anderson Dr. Archer Scobee
Mason Gamble Brady Lang
Lee Stringer Orderly
Spencer Treat Clark Grant Faraday
Viviane Vives Nurse
Movie Details
Genre Action; Mystery; Thriller
Director Mark Pellington
Producer Tom Rosenberg; Jean Higgins; Ellen Dux; Tom Gorai
Writer Ehren Kruger
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Musician Angelo Badalamenti; Mark Isham
Studio Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 117 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.2
It's easy to understand why Arlington Road sat on the studio shelf for nearly a year. No, the film isn't awful; rather, it's an extremely edgy and ultimately bleak thriller that offers no clear-cut heroes or villains. In other words, Hollywood had no idea how to sell it. Director Mark Pellington's underrated directorial debut, Going All the Way, suffered the same fate, essentially because the filmmaker's presentation of suburban America often shifts dramatically within the same film. Characters are usually miserable and bordering on meltdown, no situation is straightforward, and things usually end badly. Arlington Road begins as an astute study of suburban paranoia. Michael Faraday (a face-pinched Jeff Bridges, who spends most of the film on the brink of tears) is a college professor who teaches American history courses on terrorism. He's been a conspiracy freak since his wife, an FBI agent, was killed during a botched raid that feels like a thinly fictionalized reference to the Waco tragedy. After saving the life of his next-door neighbor's child, he initially befriends the family (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), but soon believes the husband is a terrorist. The first half of the film mocks Faraday: he has no real evidence and is not the most stable of protagonists. Despite the fact that it was government paranoia that got his wife killed, Faraday repeats the same type of behavior. Pellington shifts gears in the second half, however, and for awhile, it seems that the film has simultaneously sunk into a cheap, high-octane brand of Hollywood entertainment and undermined its own point. Arlington Road, though, possesses a stunning ending that's a real gut punch, one that may leave you needing a second viewing to catch all of its smartly executed setup. --Dave McCoy
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 839
Collection Status In Collection
DVD Carousel Carousel 1
Slot 85
Links Amazon US
Movie Collector Connect
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396039261
Release Date 10/26/1999
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Interactive Menus Scene Selections Production Notes Audio Commentary: Director & Jeff Bridges "Making of" Featurette Alternate Ending Talent Files Theatrical Trailers