Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Terry George|
|Produced by||Dean Leavitt
A. Kitman Ho
|Written by||Terry George
John Burnham Schwartz
|Based on||Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz|
|Music by||Mark Isham|
|Edited by||Naomi Geraghty|
|Distributed by||Focus Features|
Reservation Road is a 2007 American drama film directed by Terry George and based on the book of the same title by John Burnham Schwartz, who, along with George, adapted the novel for the screenplay. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo, deals with the aftermath of a tragic car accident. It was released to theaters on October 19, 2007.
Dwight Arno (Ruffalo) is an attorney who is divorced from his wife Ruth (Sorvino). Ruth controls custody of their son Lucas (Alderson) while Dwight maintains visitation rights. Dwight and Lucas are at a baseball game when Ruth calls, informing Dwight that he is late returning their son home. Dwight drives Lucas home in a hurry, thinking he might otherwise forfeit his visitation privileges. When he loses control of his vehicle, he accidentally hits a young boy, Josh Learner (Curley), who is standing by the roadside.
Aware that he has struck the boy, Dwight decides to flee the scene. He further lies to Lucas, who has a minor injury from the incident, saying that they had collided with a tree log. Dwight later hears on a newscast that Josh died in the collision. Subsequently, he tries to cover up the evidence which implicates him in the hit-and-run accident. After the initial shock of losing Josh, Grace (Connelly) gradually tries to get on with life, but her husband Ethan (Phoenix), is obsessed with finding out who killed their son and frustrated with the lack of progress the police are making in their investigation. Ethan eventually decides to hire a lawyer, who oddly enough turns out to be Dwight.
Ethan later discovers, quite by chance, that Dwight is the perpetrator. Fearing that Dwight would be incarcerated for only a few years via the court system, he buys a gun to dispense his own form of justice. With Dwight in the trunk of his car, Ethan drives away to a remote location. The film ends with Lucas alone watching a taped confession about the incident which Dwight had recorded.
- Joaquin Phoenix as Ethan Learner
- Mark Ruffalo as Dwight Arno
- Jennifer Connelly as Grace Learner
- Mira Sorvino as Ruth Wheldon
- Elle Fanning as Emma Learner
- Eddie Alderson as Lucas Arno
- Sean Curley as Josh Learner
- Antoni Corone as Sergeant Burke
The film was shot in Stamford, Connecticut, starting in late October, 2006, with the opening scene at Cove Island Park. Parts of the movie were also filmed at Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, Connecticut, and the Olde Blue Bird Inn & Gas Station and adjacent Baseball Field in Easton, CT. Shots of Martha's Vineyard are used in the trailer and movie.
The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. As of October 7, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 37% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 103 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 56 out of 100, based on 30 reviews.
Reservation Road grossed a total of $36,269 in its first weekend. It ended up making $121,994 in the United States, and ended with a worldwide gross of $1,783,190.
- Official website
- Reservation Road at the Internet Movie Database
- Reservation Road at Rotten Tomatoes
- Reservation Road at Box Office Mojo