- Revolutionary Road (film)
name = Revolutionary Road
Bobby Cohen Sam Mendes Scott Rudin
Based on the novel by Richard Yates
Leonardo DiCaprio Kate Winslet Kathy Bates
editing = Tariq Anwar
December 26, 2008
language = English
imdb_id = 0959337
"Revolutionary Road" is a 2008 American
drama filmdirected by Sam Mendes. The screenplayby Justin Haytheis based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 26, 2008.
Set in 1955, the plot focuses on the hopes and aspirations of Frank and April Wheeler, self-assured
Connecticutsuburbanites who see themselves as very different from their neighbors in the Revolutionary Hill Estates. April is an aspiring actress who yearns to move to Paris, while Frank copes with toiling away at a corporate job he despises by drinking too heavily and engaging in an affair with a co-worker. The couple's marriage slowly dissolves into an endless cycle of bitter arguments and jealous recriminations.
John Frankenheimerconsidered filming the Richard Yates novel soon after its publication, but opted to make "The Manchurian Candidate" instead. In 1967, producer Albert Ruddybought the property for $15,500. Five years later, while a writer-in-residence at Wichita State University, Yates offered to adapt his work for the screen. Ruddy had other projects lined up at the time and demurred, eventually selling the rights to actor Patrick O'Neal. Yates read O'Neal's treatment of his novel and found it "godawful," but O'Neal refused the writer's repeated offers to buy back the rights. Yates died in 1992, O'Neal died two years later [ [http://www.slate.com/id/2169033/ Slate.com article, June 26, 2007] ] , and the project remained in limbo until David Thompson eventually purchased the rights for BBC Films[ [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117961661.html?categoryid=13&cs=1 "Variety" article, March 22, 2007] ] . In March 2007, BBC Films established a partnership with DreamWorks, and the rights to the film's worldwide distribution were assigned to Paramount Pictures, owner of DreamWorks. On February 14, 2008, " The Hollywood Reporter" reported Paramount announced that Paramount Vantagewas "taking over distribution duties on "Revolutionary Road". [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i797c75af15317bcf82fd246dd185d9f7 "The Hollywood Reporter", February 14, 2008] ]
The film was shot on location in Beacon Falls, Bethel, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Shelton, Southport, Stamford, Thomaston and Trumbull (all in Connecticut),
Westchester County, and various sites in New York City, including Grand Central Station, Tribeca, and Lower Manhattan.
This film will mark the first time DiCaprio, Winslet, and Bates have worked together on a film since the 1997 blockbuster, "Titanic", and the first time Winslet has worked with her husband Sam Mendes. This will also be the first time DiCaprio plays a father in one of his films.
Leonardo DiCaprioas Frank Wheeler
Kate Winsletas April Wheeler
Kathy Batesas Helen Givings
Kathryn Hahnas Milly Campbell
Michael Shannonas John Givings
Zoe Kazanas Maureen Grube
David Harbouras Shep Campbell
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