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The Door in the Floor (2004)

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Original title: Door in the Floor, The

Release Date
• USA: Jul 16, 2004
• UK: 11 Feb 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 14, 2004
BoxOffice: $3.6M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic images, and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 51 minutes

Country USA

Studio Revere Pictures, This is That Productions

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Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Coming Of Age, Infidelity, Marriage, Love Triangle

Tagline: The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.

Plot: Set in the beach community of East Hampton, New York, the film chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children’s books author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. The Coles lovingly parent their surviving child, bright 4-year-old Ruth (Elle Fanning), who takes everything in stride as perhaps only a child can. But Marion’s equation of love with loss, coupled with Ted’s infidelities, points towards a much-needed change in the relationship. That may come in the form of Eddie O’Hare (Jon Foster), the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant – and, Ted hopes, the catalyst to invigorate the Coles’ bond of marriage.

Eddie idolizes Ted, but Ted’s erratic work habits soon leave Eddie to his own devices. Marion becomes an object of desire for Eddie, rekindling in her some surprising emotions as a mother and as a woman. To Eddie’s surprise and delight, his yearning is potently reciprocated.

As he becomes passionately entwined with the seemingly fragile yet increasingly bold Marion, Eddie comes to realize that, similarly, Ted’s surface fecklessness hides something deeper within. As the summer draws to a close, Marion and Ted must make difficult decisions about the future of

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external linkAs a character study that examines a pair of reprehensible individuals, The Door in the Floor does an excellent job. The problem with the film is simple: how many people want to spend nearly two hours in the company of such characters. 3/4

external linkA goatish Jeff Bridges and a sex-starved Mimi Rogers. A hot Kim Basinger and her horny teen lover. So what went wrong?
--Charles Taylor (Salon)

external linkIf there's a true reason to see the film, it would be Jeff Bridges, who once again proves how masterful an actor he is with another terrific performance. B
--Brian Orndorf (

external linkIt is an impressive film from the get-go, boasting strong acting and a bold story. And it works, for about an hour. But, during its final fifty minutes, the picture experiences a steady decline, and winds up unsatisfying. 2.5/4
--Danny Baldwin (

external link“The Door in the Floor” is a fragment passing itself off as a whole, and, for all its handsomeness and its occasional moments of piercing intelligence, it’s a fundamentally depressing piece of work—not because it deals with tragic events and memories butbecause the characters seem hapless and even stupid, and the writer-director can’t, or won’t, take control.
--David Denby (The New Yorker)

external linkWilliams tells the tale though with Irving’s quirks intact and has Bridges to pick up the slack whenever it falters. Every film should be that fortunate. 4/5
--Erik Childress (

external linkIt may not be a perfect movie, but it moved me. It could make audiences wince and they might not respond favorably to the sexual humor, but you have to admire Williams’ attempt at preserving Irving’s work rather than softening it. 4/5
--Collin Souter (

 Directed by
Tod Williams
Young Men and Fire
 Written by
John Irving
The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, Simon Birch
Tod Williams
Young Men and Fire
Jeff Bridges
The Big Lebowski, K-PAX, Arlington Road
Kim Basinger
L.A. Confidential, Batman, 8 Mile
Bijou Phillips
Almost Famous, Bully, Black and White
Mimi Rogers
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Lost in Space, Ginger Snaps
Elle Fanning
Daddy Day Care, Because of Winn-Dixie, Babel
Jon Foster
Thirteen Days, Life as a House, Stay Alive
Larry Pine
The Royal Tenenbaums, Dead Man Walking, The Shipping News
 Music By
Marcelo Zarvos
Kissing Jessica Stein, Tully, The Mudge Boy

external linkThis is an elegant production, with that Oscary, literary adaptation, "prestige picture" feel. 2.5/4
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)

external linkDark cinema, but also perceptive and revelatory in exploring how an ill-fated couple struggles to cope with tragedy. 86/100
--Brian Webster (Apollo Guide)

external linkRogers gives a brave performance, but there isn't much chemistry between Bridges and Basinger, who were teamed to better effect in 1987's "Nadine." 2/4
--Lou Lumenick (New York Post)

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