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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Elle Fanning, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster, Larry Pine
  • Directors: Tod Williams
  • Producers: Anne Carey, Michael Corrente, Ted Hope
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000924BTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,164 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Emotional drama about sexual awakening and tangled relationships, based on the first part of John Irving's classic novel, 'A Widow for One Year'. Eccentric children's author Ted Cole is suffering from writer's block, little aware that his wife Marion (Kim Basinger) is still tortured by the deaths of their two sons in an accident many years before. When Cole takes in Eddie (Jon Foster), a young writing student, to stay with them over the summer, Marion finds herself gradually falling into a sexual relationship with the young man. Eddie's presence is ironically the one thing that could rejuvenate Marion and Ted's tired, brittle marriage.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 3 July 2007
Format: DVD
This is another fantastic movie that had slip through the cracks of greatness due to uncomfortable content. A few recent films have treated the dysfunction attendant upon the death of a child to a loving couple. A movie or two has also touched on the sexual relationship between an older woman and a younger man. `Door in the Floor,' based on John Irving's novel `Widow for a Year,' combines both subjects in a sometimes disturbing, always absorbing screenplay that has a superlative performance by Jeff Bridges and an excellent turn by Kim Basinger.

Since `The Graduate,' the possibility in films of a younger man/older woman theme has become as acceptable as the traditional reverse. In writer/director Tod Williams' (`The Adventures of Sebastian Cole') `Door in the Floor,' the young 16-year-old Eddie is played by Jon Foster (`Life as a House') with an annoying lack of charisma and animation. However, Kim Basinger as his love interest, Marion, a mother who has lost 2 sons about his age in an auto accident, for which she feels some responsibility, appropriately lacks animation because of her trauma, a kind of `Stepford' mother exorcising her demon by sleeping with a son's surrogate. That acting is believable even if her `method' may be thinking of her combat with a notorious Baldwin boy. If you are sensitive to such things, the movie deserves its R rating. There is male nudity, from the rear, and full frontal female nudity. The language is about what one would expect from an R rated movie.

`The Door In the Floor' is memorable for two big reasons. 1). Jeff Bridges due to his performance and 2).The very last scene, you will realize the full import of Ted Cole's world-view, and you'll see the treatment of his character in the movie in a completely new light. The laughs are thrown in at just the right moments, and the ending is as true as it gets. Sometimes, movies don't get hard-to-face endings right this film delivers it just fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Mansfield VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
I knew absolutely nothing about The Door In The Floor before seeing it, apart from its two main actors - which was enough to persuade me.
Adapted from one part of John Irving novel, it basically tells the story of a marriage breakdown, precipitated by an earlier family tragedy and focusses on one summer, when Ted Cole (Bridges as a children's author) employs a young, naive student who is a would-be writer to be his assistant.
Bridges, as always, lends his considerable talent to a role that requires him to be an eccentric ass. Basinger is equally strong as the tortured and fragile wife, still coming to terms with the accident.
Where the movie works is in the calibre of the acting, with all the main actors showing respect and understanding of the issues.
Where it doesn't work is with the Mrs Robinson-esque plot strand between Kim Basinger's fragile mother and the naive teenage student. Although this clearly is a symptom of the marriage breakdown, it detracts from the real issue, which is Bridges and Basinger's destruction as a happily married couple.
A thoughtful film, but one that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
In THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, we have an older woman seducing and sexually exploiting a teenage boy. Since the older woman is the spitting image of Kim Bassinger, how lucky can a guy get?
Author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his wife Marion (Bassinger) live on the seashore in the East Hamptons with their daughter Ruth (Elle Fanning). The couple had also had two sons, but they were killed as teenagers in a particularly gruesome auto accident. Since then, Marion has withdrawn emotionally from her husband. It doesn't help that Ted, also a sketch artist, has sordid sexual affairs with his models, mostly local women drawn to his fame as a writer of children's books. So now, Ted and Marion begin a trial separation, the two alternating solo nights at home caring for Ruth with stays at the "apartment in town". In the meantime, Ted hires a high school junior, the 16-year old Eddie (Jon Foster, resembling a very young Ryan O'Neal), to help with the editing of his next book. Eddie immediately falls in lust with Marion, who subsequently seduces him with minimal effort, and who, by Eddie's reckoning, has coitus with him 60 times by the film's end.
THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR has manipulation as its theme; Ted and Marion manipulate Eddie and each other. Eddie is the innocent party here, though it could be argued that sleeping with another man's wife isn't blameless. For his part, Ted wants custody of Ruth if his troubled marriage leads to divorce, so he hires Eddie, who resembles the oldest, dead son, knowing the attraction he'll have for Marion, and vice versa. Ted wants Marion to have an affair with the boy, thus rendering her judicially unfit to be a guardian.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "dannykdannyk" on 6 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
By far the most inspiring movie I have seen in several years:
As a 30 year guy, I still see Kim Basinger as the supreme feminity. She plays fairly well but more importantly vehicules the sensual drive of 9 1/2 weeks with a somewhat more mature touch (as I like to see myself a little more mature compared to 15-20 years ago). Jeff Bridges...hmmm the dude in person...what can I say, he is majestic. Some people want to become president, others writers, some just get lucky in love... well I wouldn't mind all that above but I would definately settle with being the character in this movie and live in that that house. Outdoor shower and squash court in barn... that's as close as paradise as one gets while still alive. See it, like or dislike it but I guarantee that you want be indifferent.
Dannyk
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