• The Clearing (2004)

The Clearing

Release Date: July 2nd, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 9th, 2004

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, Dame Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Alessandro Nivola, Matt Craven, Melissa Sagemiller, Wendy Crewson, Larry Pine

Director: Pieter Jan Brugge

Genres: Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Thousand Words

Keywords: Relationships , Suspenseful , Transformation , Wife , Husband , 1990s , Son , Escape , Rescue , House

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The real problem is that Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Classy but ultimately unsatisfying film. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The Clearing has been directed by a successful producer. In this case it's Pieter Jan Brugge, who brings seriousness and intelligence to his newly chosen craft, but little verve.

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