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THE CLEARING

 
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At Theaters: 7/2/2004 On Video: 11/9/2004
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 31 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429995
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Wayne is kidnapped in broad daylight from his peaceful Pittsburgh estate. Suddenly the man who, at one point in his life, prided himself on being a cunning negotiator finds his fate resting in the hands of a kidnapper who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Will he succeed in the most important negotiation ever...for his life?
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Drama Thriller - This is a slow-moving drama/thriller aimed at an adult audience. Violent content and mature subject matter makes the film inappropriate for children, who wouldn't be interested anyhow.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert Redford SACRED PLANET, SPY GAME, THE LAST CASTLE
Helen Mirren CALENDAR GIRLS, NO SUCH THING
Willem Dafoe FINDING NEMO, AUTO FOCUS, SPIDER-MAN
Dir/Prod/Wri: Pieter Jan Brugge THE INSIDER
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The Genesis Of The Clearing
Casting The Clearing
Finding The Clearing
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PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 2 S-words, 4 GD's, one other.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Rough fights and a shooting.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking.
ACTION: One big fight scene.
COMEDY: None.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average "The Clearing" is not without its high points. ...the lack of intensity in the confrontation between the kidnapper and his victim makes it easy to lose interest in the proceedings, and there are aspects of the resolution that feel as if the filmmakers are cheating in order to attain a sense of closure. "The Clearing" is being positioned as "adult counter-programming" for the summer season, but the benefits of seeing this movie may not be worth the patience necessary to get through it.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good What finally happens, and how, has a certain inevitable rightness to it, but you can't say you see it coming, especially since "The Clearing" doesn't feel bound by the usual formulas of crime movies. What eventually happens will emerge from the personalities of the characters, not from the requirements of Hollywood endings. Sensing that, we grow absorbed in the story, knowing that what happens along the way will decide what happens at the end.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Wayne and Eileen Hayes (Robert Redford, Helen Mirren) appear to be living the American dream. But all illusions are shattered when Wayne is kidnapped in broad daylight from the Hayes' peaceful Pittsburgh estate.

Under the microscope of a probing FBI investigation and her own painstaking introspection, Wayne's wife Eileen also becomes a victim. The interrogation introduces a life underneath outward appearances; the suspicions, the secrets, the inadequacies, and what can happen along the way to achieving the American dream.

Suddenly the man who, at one point in his life, prided himself on being a cunning negotiator finds his fate resting in the hands of a kidnapper (Willem Dafoe) who has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Will he succeed in the most important negotiation ever...for his life?

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