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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Robert Gossett
  • Directors: Mark Pellington
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger
  • Producers: Ed Ross, Ellen Dux, James McQuaide, Jean Higgins, Judd Malkin
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Thai
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug. 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QXDFQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,429 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's easy to understand why Arlington Road sat on the studio shelf for nearly a year. No, the film isn't awful; rather, it's an extremely edgy and ultimately bleak thriller that offers no clear-cut heroes or villains. In other words, Hollywood had no idea how to sell it. Director Mark Pellington's underrated directorial debut, Going All the Way, suffered the same fate, essentially because the film-maker's presentation of suburban America often shifts dramatically within the same film. Characters are usually miserable and bordering on meltdown, no situation is straightforward and things usually end badly.

Arlington Road begins as an astute study of suburban paranoia. Michael Faraday (a face-pinched Jeff Bridges, who spends most of the film on the brink of tears) is a college professor who teaches American history courses on terrorism. He's been a conspiracy freak since his wife, an FBI agent, was killed during a botched raid that feels like a thinly fictionalised reference to the Waco tragedy. After saving the life of his next-door neighbour's child, he initially befriends the family (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack), but soon believes the husband is a terrorist. The first half of the film mocks Faraday: he has no real evidence and is not the most stable of protagonists. Despite the fact that it was government paranoia that got his wife killed, Faraday repeats the same type of behaviour. Pellington shifts gears in the second half, however, and for a while, it seems that the film has simultaneously sunk into a cheap, high-octane brand of Hollywood entertainment and undermined its own point. But Arlington Road possesses a stunning ending that's a real gut punch, one that may leave you needing a second viewing to catch all of its smartly executed setup. --Dave McCoy

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rockin@lineone.net on 30 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Arlington Road is a thriller with a difference. For me, that difference was the fact that for the majority of the time it does not feel like much of a thriller. The first half of the film is spent reiterating what is already said on the back of the video box. Then the pace picks up and you're into your bog standard suspense action movie where if you've seen one, you've seen them all and it's just a case of whether or not Jeff Bridges will work out what we've known all along- something is majorly dodgey about Tim Robbins- and if he'll get there in time. But don't be deceived... All the little snippets of seemingly irrelevant information used to bulk out the plot in the first half all work towards the ending. The previously straight forward plot takes you here when you expected to go there and as you learn more you realise that this film is not going to wrap everything up nicely like the viewer wants. Stick through the first hour of the film, although it might seem plodding and not anything special, the ending makes it all worthwhile. There's nothing else I can say without giving the plot away. It's a shock. I was stunned.
Jeff Bridges is on his usual top form and gives an excellen and sensitive performance as Michael Faraday, a man who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Tim Robbins is superbly sinister as the seemingly average next door neighbour. Both the leads are excellent and with a great script and great action this is one amazing thriller.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mail-order Christ on 21 Jan. 2005
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This film seems to have gone under the radar somewhat, as tends to be the case with Tim Robbins and/or Jeff Bridges movies. Which is a shame because, in my view, this is one of the cleverest, most thought-provoking films made in the last few years.

Michael Faraday (Bridges) is a lecturer at a university, who teaches a class on FBI misgivings and conspiracies, since the death of his wife, herself an FBI worker, two years previous. He befriends his neighbour Oliver Lang (Robbins), a structural engineer, after an incident involving the two men's sons. At first, the two men get on great, but when Michael starts receiving Oliver's email from the university of Pennsylvania (Oliver claims to have gone to Kansas State), he starts suspecting Oliver's background. So much so that it takes over his life, and those of the people that are around him...

Impressively acted by two of Hollywood's more underrated actors, this is a movie that can only be done justice by being watched. The storyline is far-fetched but, vitally, it never seems unlikely or implausible. And the ending, which ingeniusly ties in with almost everything that has gone before it, is unforgettable.

Make sure this masterpiece doesn't carry on going unnoticed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will on 26 April 2010
Format: DVD
A very enjoyable film, superbly acted by all and very gripping. However the outcome is hard to believe, the plot relies on everything working to perfection. Are they seriously expecting us to believe that the terrorists can control Faraday in such a pin point degree of accuracy? For their plot to work, Faraday has to do things that probably is a 1 in 10 chance at most. Highly unbelievable but still a very gripping and enjoyable film, just dont take it too seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges) lectures on terrorism. When he saves the life of Oliver Lang's (Tim Robbins) child, a friendship is formed between the two men. They start to see each other socially and their children hang out with each other. Is all as it seems....?

It's a good film but it has a few dodgy bits that suspend belief, eg, Brooke's (Hope Davis) inability to understand the bleeding obvious when Bridges is shoving loads of proof in her face. I was also confused as to the role of Cheryl (Joan Cusack) - innocent or evil? The film has a different outcome to what you would expect which would shock the viewer more if we could care about Jeff Bridges. Tim Robbins has a far more interesting role and he steals the acting honours. Special mention to Joan Cusack for being scarily mad, I think!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mjplant@mjplant.freeserve.co.uk on 9 July 2000
Format: DVD
Arlington Road has the virtue of being a film that you've probably never heard of and know even less about, both of which work in it's favour. Without giving the plot away too much, Jeff Bridges plays Michael Faraday, a University lecturer with an obsession with terrorism after the death of his wife in field of duty with the F.B.I. When his new neighbour, played by the increasingly sinister Tim Robbins moves in, Farady is quick to assume that there is more to his new best friend that meets the eye. Is it paranoia or is there a genuine reason for concern? Whatever you expect from Arlington Road, it will deliver. A well structured and clever film that always leave you second guessing, the lack of features is more than made up for with intense sound that really makes use of the rear speakers in surround sound systems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bart on 13 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
I think it difficult not to give out spoiles as to why I found 'Arlington Road' a rather disturbing picture. On the surface, AR tells the story of neighbours getting aquainted. The more they get to know each other, the more suspicious the actons of one neighbour seem to the other. The plots of many horror-movies have been based on this theme. I mistook AR for a horrormovie, bought it under the impression it was, and found out its storyline was no horror whatsoever. At first it seemed like your average action-thriller, with the occasional hit and run and shoot out thrown in. However, near the ending it took a nasty twist, spiralling this production out of the mediocore category I'd already placed it in. It left me wondering about the system we're living in. By what and by whom are we manipulated? Sufface to say it made me aware it's best not to take everything at face value. Four stars to writer and supporting cast. Didn't like the two leads, with Jeff Bridges annoying me the most. His drawl-like speech and his constantly rummaging through his hair got on my nerves. Nevertheless, this is one the most thought provoking films I've seen.
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