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ARLINGTON ROAD

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Ask three different people what ARLINGTON ROAD is about, and you may get three different answers. Complex and compelling, the film takes an unflinching look at how little we really know about the people around us. According to Tim Robbins, who plays Oliver Lang, it is a story about trust. "Who do you trust? Who's to blame for things that happen to our lives? Is it ourselves? Who fingers the blame?"

"This film is a tense thriller-it's about paranoia," says screenwriter Ehren Kruger. "It's about suspicion. It's about truth, and it's about a man who's not what he seems, investigating a man who's not what he seems. In a way, these two men are coming from a similar place. They're both frustrated with something that they see going on in this country."

Jeff Bridges describes the movie another way. One of the script's themes that he latched on to was "dealing with just how far you are willing to go to protect a loved one. Or, maybe it's take revenge for the sake of a loved one. What happens to us when we are exposed to that much stress and how do we respond to that?"

Bridges' character Michael Faraday knows about stress. He is a single parent and professor of modern history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who must delve into the shadowy world of the very subject he teaches-domestic terrorism-to get to the bottom of what he believes may be a lethal terrorist conspiracy. Faraday's apparent paranoia is partially justified since his wife, a junior FBI agent, was gunned down in the line of duty two years earlier. As Kruger describes, "Michael's a widower who's gone through some travails in his life, and he spends a lot of the film dealing with how he feels about his wife's death and whether that can be prevented from happening again. It's caused him to be a bit of a paranoid person prone to asking a lot of questions."

These days, Faraday's inquiring mind is fixated on Oliver and Cheryl Lang, his new neighbors across the street. They seem like the perfect new addition to the Arlington Road neighborhood. But all is not what it seems. In short order, Michael's suspicions about his newfound friends will lead to tragic and irrevocable consequences.

Three-time Academy Award® nominee Bridges came to ARLINGTON ROAD after starring in the lead role in the Coen brothers' comedy The Big Lebowski. "I just came off a film where I was playing 'The Dude,' a really relaxed kind of a guy who was a throwback to the '60s and '70s. I let my hair grow, let my beard grow. Michael is a little more tense of a fellow, so I had to put down my Haagen-Dazs and work out a little bit."

Bridges was sold on starring in the movie, even if it meant a few more trips to the gym. "There was a great team on this picture, from Mark Pellington to Ehren Kruger, right down through the cast. Tim Robbins-he was a big attraction for me to be involved in this picture, because I've been a fan of his for a long time. We have Joan Cusack, who's just wonderful. And Hope Davis is terrific."

For Robbins, who gained his most recent acclaim as a director but who first came to the attention of audiences as an actor, the attraction was the script. He had been wanting to do a thriller, and in ARLINGTON ROAD he found "a great, grip-your-seat kind of suspense thriller."

Robbins continues, "I was really impressed with the writing. It was one of those scripts that you pick up and can't put down, and that's really rare. To come to the end of it and be totally surprised, I just loved that. So many scripts are so predictable-rehashed versions of old films. Here was a film script that was really original and new and inventive."

The Oscar® nominee was also lured to the role of the duplicitous Oliver Lang. "I love playing roles where<

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