Arlington Road

Directed By: Mark Pellington Starring: Jeff Bridges Tim Robbins

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on 10/15/1999

One of the best movies of 1999!!!

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Very Good!!!!

by Calvin Golden on 10/20/1999

Probably the most non-talked about movie of the summer. Great acting, action, and an assorted amount of scenarios that will blow your mind away.

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Widowed when his fbi agent wife is killed by a right-wing group, college professor michael faraday becomes obsessed with the culture of these groups, especially when his new neighbors, the all-american oliver and cheryl lang, start acting suspiciously. With each twist the mystery deepens and the question looms.


Studio Sony
SKU 40118898
UPC 043396039261
UPC 14 00043396039261
Format DVD
Release Date 4/22/2008
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Conspiracy Theories
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note George Washington University professor Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) teaches a course in terrorism, but after his wife, an FBI agent, is killed under questionable circumstances, he becomes obsessed with the topic. An all-American family moves in across the street, but Faraday soon suspects that they might be terrorists themselves. Bridges's portrayal of the man fighting against a virtually unseen enemy, with no one believing him, is reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.
Plot Summary
Summary ARLINGTON ROAD follows in the grand tradition of Hollywood suspense thrillers that pit a lone man against a vast, hidden conspiracy--or is it a conspiracy? Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, who starts out as a loving, caring father and teacher but slowly turns into a desperate, crazed man searching for answers in a suburban world that has been turned upside down.^Director Mark Pellington lingers on Bridges's face as it goes from ruggedly handsome and somber to wild and crazed. As Faraday tries to uncover the truth about his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), he also struggles with his own inner demons. Is he just imagining things, as he still has not gotten over his wife's death at the hands of what was first believed to be a terrorist, or are his fear and paranoia real? Pellington stays a few steps ahead the entire way, leading to a most thrilling and unexpected conclusion to this nightmare of suburban terror.
Rolling Stone "...The movie generates real excitement..." 08/05/1999 p.80
Entertainment Weekly "...Builds to a beautifully plotted -- if totally preposterous -- parlor trick of an ending....Cusack scares the bejesus out of Hope Davis [and viewers]..." -- Rating: B 10/29/1999 p.118
New York Times "...A stylish throwback to the paranoid thrillers of the 1970's..." 07/09/1999 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "...ARLINGTON ROAD is diabolically clever....An edgy, action-filled entertainment, sustained by Bridges' enduring ability to project thoughtful men of decency and courage..." 07/09/1999 p.C6
Chicago Sun-Times "...The underlying insights of the movie will make you think....ARLINGTON ROAD is a thriller that contains ideas..." 07/09/1999 p.31
Mark Pellington
Jeff Bridges
Tim Robbins
Cast & Crew
Hope Davis - Actor
Jeff Bridges - Actor
Joan Cusack - Actor
Mason Gamble - Actor
Robert Gossett - Actor
Spencer Treat Clark - Actor
Tim Robbins - Actor
Mark Pellington - Director
Bobby Bukowski - Director of Photography
Angelo Badalmenti - Musical Score
Ellen Kruger - Writer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 03926
UPC 00043396039261
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review The film, well paced and cleverly constructed as it builds to one last killer twist, becomes a battle of nerves between (the characters of) Faraday and Lang. It also becomes a splendid showcase for two exceptionally commanding actors as their characters square off... While this film's conception of a terrorist threat is apparent early on, its strength lies in a string of ingenious little surprises, and in an overall deviousness that doesn't show until the story is over...
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Bridges,Jeff
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Paul Alexander, OUT Superbly acted and skillfully directed.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America No one will be exhaling during the last twenty minutes of this movie.
John Anderson, Newsday It's a first-rate suspense film.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times Edgy action-filled entertainment.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Four stars!

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