Reservation Road

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Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

Summary: Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, this is a compelling new dramatic thriller. A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, the film follows two fathers as their families and lives converge. On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello--beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, Josh is taken from them forever. On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno and his 11-year-old son Lucas are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing, and hopefully heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon, Dwight heads toward his fateful encounter at Reservation Road. The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, whereas Ethan--the only witness--is all too aware when a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives. (Focus Features)

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Runtime: 102 min
Rating: Rated R for language and some disturbing images.
Production: Nick Wechsler Productions
Genres: Drama, Thriller
Countries: USA, Germany
Language: English
Home Release Date: Apr 8, 2008
Director Credit
Terry George Director
Writer Credit
John Burnham Schwartz Screenplay
Terry George Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Jennifer Connelly Grace Learner
Joaquin Phoenix Ethan Learner
Mark Ruffalo Dwight Arno
Cast Credit
Antoni Corone Sergeant Burke
Cordell Clyde Jimmy McBride
Eddie Alderson Lucas
Elle Fanning Emma
Gary Kohn Norris Wheldon
John Slattery Steve Cutter
Kevin Herbst Driving Trooper
Mira Sorvino Ruth Wheldon
Nora Ferrari Nora Fannelli
Samuel Ryan Finn Cello Player
Sean Curley Josh
Susan Powell Elegant Parent
Producer Credit
A. Kitman Ho Producer
Dean M. Leavitt Executive Producer
Gina Resnick Executive Producer
Nick Wechsler Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: