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Revolutionary Road [DVD] [2008]

Leonardo DiCaprio , Kate Winslet , Sam Mendes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Lorian Gish, Timothy McCartney
  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Producers: Sam Mendes, Bobby Cohen, John Hart, Scott Rudin
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SAO32C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while tryi ng to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates


In Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for the first time since their careers exploded with Titanic--and it's almost as if they're playing the same characters, only married and faced with the hollowness of a 1950s suburban existence. Frank and April Wheeler (DiCaprio and Winslet) always thought of themselves as special, but they settled in a conventional Connecticut suburb when they had children. Hungry for a less constricted life, April persuades Frank to move to Paris--but slowly their plans unravel and their marriage unravels along with it. While Revolutionary Road may be a bit too glib about suburban emptiness--the lives Frank and April lead don't seem so stifled--the portrait of a mismatched marriage is vivid and devastating. The ways that Frank and April misinterpret each other, and the subtle yet unbearable dissatisfaction they feel, is rendered with remarkable and unsettling acuteness. Winslet and DiCaprio's natural chemistry tells us what drew these two together, making the way they tear each other apart all the more shocking. The excellent supporting cast includes Kathy Bates (Misery), Dylan Baker (Happiness), and especially Michael Shannon (Bug) as a mentally troubled mathematician who cuts to the quick of the Wheelers' troubles. Mention must be made of the beautiful production design; the costumes and sets are simply gorgeous. --Bret Fetzer

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting suburban portrait 2 Sep 2009
A fantastic film looking at suburban life and the basic desires that drive people. Kate Winslet stands head and shoulders above most other actresses with an amazing performance, managing to instill a believable humanity in what could have been a very unsympathetic character. If you're feeling frustrated with your life then this film really strikes a cord.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Mar 2011
By Rose
While the film starts slowly there's a dramatic build-up that's worth the wait. The film is full of depth and both the lead and main supporting actors are excellent. Not for the faint-hearted though! I have just watched it and already want to see it again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars powerful drama 22 Mar 2011
If you think that seeing two people argue and tear each other to pieces emotionally is entertaining then you will love this film. If you like the sort of film that shows a sort of happily married couple fighting and falling out then you will love this film. If you are a fan of the sort of confrontational domestic shouting match you get in soaps like Eastenders then this is the film for you.
I personally don't like any of those things. However this film, despite the depressing situation that the characters find themselves in, does have some good qualities which make it work as a gritty drama.
April and Frank are a young married couple with kids in 1950s America. They are in a predictable situation where life seems ordinary. (Like most of us) April dreams of escaping their routine and moving to Paris. She persuades Frank and they plan to move. They are both unfaithful to each other as events take a turn and Frank gets the chance of promotion in his, up to now dead end job. And April gets pregnant again. We see through character development that they love each other but don't really understand each other. They argue and things get bitter.
Things are a bit bleak in this movie about humanity and the ordinary lives of people. But there is a tremendous effort from the Directors and Producers to create a very effective atmospheric glimpse into the troubled lives of these two main characters.
It is well acted and the tragic nature of the drama make you feel for the two main characters. There is profoundness in this story that often our lives can seem ordinary. Often it seems that other people have glamorous lifestyles. It is other people that do something different with their lives. But truth is that to other people our own lives can seem glamorous.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flawed genius 31 Mar 2014
By molly
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oh my god i love these two. this is not an easy film to watch but my goodness it is worth it. the leads are perfect together and have such a connection in real life that it translates on to the screen. you watch this film like a guilty outsider as they tear each other and their relationship apart. it is genius, sad and a whole other mix of feelings and emotions. you so want it to work for them that you cant look away - brilliant support by Michael Shannon. why hasn't Leonardo Dicaprio won an Oscar?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing. Brilliant. Horrible. Superb. 26 Jun 2013
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Revolutionary Road is an interesting drama and Sam Mendes directs it excellently. Kate Winslet is superb as as the unfulfilled housewife and Di Caprio is unnervingly bland as the well intentioned but unexciting husband.

This film should be quite dull and boring (it is largely a film about dullness and boredom), yet by the end of it the performances are truly mesmerising. Not a pleasant film, but a film to treasure nonetheless.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
You don't get many laughs here and unlike Sam Mendes' superb "American Beauty" there aren't any layers or clever twists to keep your attention... just a depressingly bleak story about a couple watching their hopes & dreams disintegrate as the reality of the suburban life they're locked into hits home.

So worth the effort? Absolutely, for two reasons. Firstly, the acting is brilliant - Kate Winslet, quite rightly, wins huge praise for her portrayal of the frustrated and tormented wife but in many ways it's Leonardo DiCaprio who has the more difficult role as the confused husband and, despite unfair criticisms about his "boyish looks", he carries it off convincingly and equally superbly. Together, they're incredible - so good that they become wholly believable people trapped in a wholly believable marriage.

And, secondly, despite the one-dimensional story and the effort of watching it slowly unfold to a fairly predictable conclusion, this is powerful stuff: couples argue like this, lovers hurt each other like this, people destroy each other's dreams like this, and real life is like this... so much so that it's at times deeply uncomfortable viewing. Not much fun then but after getting through it all you won't forget it in a hurry and, on the way, you'll witness some of the best acting you've ever seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary Road 24 Oct 2009
`Revolutionary Road' is one of those films that although not especially `positive' or `happy' is very well written and acted and draws you in from the start. Following a successful couple who seem to have it all, good job, nice house, two children and a happy marriage, this film explores how all is not quite what it seems and the tensions and frustrations that simmer away beneath any marriage. The acting from both Di Caprio and Winslet is fantastic and the natural chemistry between them makes the love and fight scenes all the more potent. This film is infused with a sense of sadness throughout as you see the couple go from carefree, idealistic young adults to a confused, frustrated and angry set in their ways couple. This film also looks at how the good and bad things in life can trap you into set patterns that don't fulfil you, things like a pay rise or promotion or a pregnancy that alter your plans for the future. The fifties set pieces and costumes are great, as is the directing from Mendes and this film is a very polished affair. You won't walk away with a spring in your step, but that isn't necessary every time you watch a film, and the overall effect at the end is so powerful that this is well worth a watch. This may be deemed by some as bleak, but life isn't always a bunch of roses and it's good to see Hollywood acknowledge that for a change.

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Published 13 days ago by M J Holt
1.0 out of 5 stars Something for the ladies?
I don't normally write film reviews but this film was so awful I had to do something!

Completely misleading film name, Deadly Dull Domestic Drama would have been better. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Grover Lemburg
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Film kept stopping so so many times after half an hour had to turn it off as it was so frustrating so dident finish film
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great thought provoking movie
Great thought provoking movie. I think we can all relate to parts of this film. Such a sad story.
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Published 3 months ago by LuckyMe!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this movie. a big Leonardo fan and this film is another great work of his to watch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film
Very much worth a watch, it is both engaging and enlightening. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in a woman's role in society, American society and conflicted... Read more
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