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The Clearing
- Robert Redford

Overview - In its chilling opener, THE CLEARING paints a classic portrait of rich man vs. poor man, showing the morning routines of two very similar characters. Though they are both white, middle-aged, and of middle-class stature, the nuances that differentiate them--their houses, their wives, their clothing--jump off the screen with stark clarity.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In its chilling opener, THE CLEARING paints a classic portrait of rich man vs. poor man, showing the morning routines of two very similar characters. Though they are both white, middle-aged, and of middle-class stature, the nuances that differentiate them--their houses, their wives, their clothing--jump off the screen with stark clarity. With a slightly jumbled chronology, the subsequent events come not with shock but with devastating realness. Wayne Hayes (Robert Redford) is in his Lexus on his way to work when Arnold Mack (Willem Dafoe) kidnaps him. It all happens calmly with purposeful execution. Mack wants money, and will use Hayes as ransom to get it. The film then turns to Hayes' elegant wife (Helen Mirren, who is a tour-de-force in this quietly emotive role) and well-bred family, who are saddled with a ransom negotiator and FBI surveillance, and are forced to face the tragedy. With no outright violence, no sudden bursts of surprise, and no wasted time, THE CLEARING is a captivating, masterful suspense thriller. Debut director Pieter Jan Brugge works from a screenplay by Justin Haythe in telling this deeply unsettling tale. Hayes and Mack (the superb and intense pairing of Redford and Dafoe) argue their opposite points of view through conversations about family, morality, and power. Meanwhile, safe at home, Hayes' wife undergoes ups and downs reevaluating her marriage and her love for her husband as investigators dig through the intricacies and secrets of their lives.

Cast List

Craig Armstrong - Composer
Palmer West - Producer, UNITED STATES OF LELAND (2004)
Pieter Jan Brugge - Producer
Jonah Smith - Executive Producer
Helen Mirren - British Actress
Denis Lenoir - French Cinematographer, began in 1970's, now in Hollywood
Melissa Sagemiller - actress
Justin Haythe - Screenwriter, THE CLEARING (2004)
Alessandro Nivola
Willem Dafoe - American Actor
William Dafoe - American Actor
Karen Tenkoff - Producer, PEOPLE I KNOW (2003)
Matt Craven - American actor
Robert Redford - Actor/director/producer
Charles Robert Jr. Redford - Actor/director/producer

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 013132609799
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Betrayal
Deception
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Family Life
Love Affairs
Family Relations
Kidnapping
FBI Agents
Money

 
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Reviews:
"[Redford] gives a performance of quiet, riveting intensity..." - 07/08/2004 Rolling Stone, p.136


"[I]t's a meditation on midlife weaknesses and compensations in which the camera idles for relatively infinite stretches on the handsomely etched faces of serious actors over the age of 45..." - 07/09/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.63


"THE CLEARING showcases first-rate, subtle work by three veteran performers....Dafoe captures the submerged anger of a man who feels ignored and invisible, while Redford also does an excellent job of conveying his captor's arrogance..." - 07/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.87


"THE CLEARING is an intelligent thriller that adroitly explores a longtime marriage..." - 07/02/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E18


"[D]istinguished by the most forceful Redford performance in a decade." - 11/19/2004 USA Today, p.8E


"[A] superior thriller that depends more on psychology than formula..." - 11/05/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.11

 
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