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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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Studio Paramount
SKU 210899447
UPC 097363521846
UPC 14 00097363521846
Format DVD
Release Date 8/25/2009
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Awards
Oscar (2009) Albert Wolsky, Nominee, Best Achievement in Costume Design,Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Michael Shannon, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy Awards (2009) Albert Wolsky, Nominee, Best Costume Design,Justin Haythe, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted,Kate Winslet, Nominee, Best Leading Actress,Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt, Nominee, Best Production Design
Screen Actors Guild (2009) Kate Winslet, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2009) Kate Winslet, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Leonardo DiCaprio, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Revolutionary Road, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Sam Mendes, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
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Review Since 1997, Titanic fans have been yearning for a re-teaming of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Revolutionary Road is the opportunity they have awaited, but the results may cause as much distress as joy. Directed by Winslet's husband, Sam Mendes, and faithfully adapted by Justin Haythe from the novel by Richard Yates, this is the dissection of an imploding marriage and a contemplation about life in surburbia. It's a sad, grim movie that asks pointed questions about the compromises we make and the lies we tell in an effort to maintain a sense of equilibrium. And is it more courageous to face up to one's responsibilities or to follow a dream, no matter how impossible it may seem?...Watching DiCaprio and Winslet, it's hard to remember that these were the star-crossed lovers in Titanic. Their on-screen relationship here is more real and brittle - not the kind of marriage some viewers would hope for from Rose and Jack. The actors use their chemistry (they are great friends) to forge an underlying sense of affection between Frank and April, but the fractures are deep and widening. These are believable, flawed people and, as in situations like this, fault can be generously apportioned. It's possible to understand both sides. Assigning blame is as difficult as determining the solution. Winslet's performance is more emotive than DiCaprio's, but that's because of the nature of her character...Revolutionary Road is dramatically potent material and, although it poses a number of philosophical questions, it works best as an unsentimental examination of a marriage in crisis. Because the actors are expert, Mendes understands the subject matter, and the source material is so meticulous, we are left emotionally impacted but without a sense of having been manipulated. Revolutionary Road is a fine motion picture, but it's not a good choice to lighten a burden or brighten a night. It rewards in the ways that only tragedies can.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Revolutionary Road" shows the American Dream awakened by a nightmare. It takes place in the 1950s, the decade not only of Elvis but of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. It shows a young couple who meet at a party, get married and create a suburban life with a nice house, a manicured lawn, "modern" furniture, two kids, a job in the city for him, housework for her, and martinis, cigarettes, boredom and desperation for both of them...The Wheelers, Frank and April, are blinded by love into believing life together will allow them to fulfill their fantasies. Their problem is, they have no fantasies. Instead, they have yearnings -- a hunger for something more than a weary slog into middle age...Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) can't see inviting futures for themselves. Frank joins the morning march of men in suits and hats out of Grand Central and into jobs where they are "executives" doing meaningless work -- in Frank's case, he's "in office machines." He might as well be one. April suggests he just quit, so they can move to Paris, she can support them as a translator at the American Embassy and he can figure out what he really wants to do...Frank and April are played by DiCaprio and Winslet as the sad ending to the romance in "Titanic," and all other romances that are founded on nothing more than ... romance. They are so good, they stop being actors and become the people I grew up around. Don't think they smoke too much in this movie. In the 1950s everybody smoked everywhere all the time. Life was a disease, and smoking held it temporarily in remission...The direction is by Sam Mendes, who dissected suburban desperation in "American Beauty," a film that after this one seems merciful. The screenplay by Justin Haythe is drawn from the famous 1961 novel by Richard Yates...This film is so good it is devastating. A lot of people believe their parents didn't understand them. What if they didn't understand themselves?
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Angie Errigo, Empire Handsomely done and beautifully acted...
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Hands down, watch-it-three-times-in-a-row masterpiece.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a cool-blooded and disquieting adaptation of Richard Yates' 1961 novel...
Perry Seibert, TV Guide ...all of the performers in the film truly shine, and all of them can probably thank Sam Mendes for creating an ideal environment.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone DiCaprio is in peak form, bringing layers of buried emotion to a defeated man. And the glorious Winslet defines what makes an actress great...

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