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R| 1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
Wayne Hayes (Robert Redford) and his wife, Eileen (Helen Mirren), seem to have it all. Over the years, they've built a prosperous business together while raising their two children, Tim and Jill. But the family's dream life becomes nightmarish when disgruntled employee Arnold Mack (Willem Dafoe) kidnaps Wayne and holds him for ransom. The FBI invades their home and scrutinizes every detail of their life -- and ultimately, it is left to Eileen to deliver the ransom and rescue her husband.

Cast: Robert Redford , Helen Mirren , Willem Dafoe , Alessandro Nivola , Matt Craven , Melissa Sagemiller , Wendy Crewson , Larry Pine

Director: Pieter Jan Brugge

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Distributor: Fox

The Clearing (2004)

Release Date: July 2nd, 2004|1 hr. 35 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The pleasures of this endeavor, directed with a keen eye for detail by Pieter Jan Brugge, come from what the actors bring to the material. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one of those moderately engrossing movies that seems to collapse all at once during the wrap-up, yet it's well-acted all around. show more

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