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A Good Marriage (2014)

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After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?

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Peter Askin

Writer:

Stephen King (short story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Allen ... Darcy Anderson
Anthony LaPaglia ... Bob Anderson
Stephen Lang ... Holt Ramsey
Cara Buono ... Betty Pike
Kristen Connolly ... Petra Anderson
Mike O'Malley ... Bill Gaines
Theo Stockman ... Donnie Anderson
Will Rogers ... Vince Dorne
Pun Bandhu ... TV Anchor
Terra Mackintosh ... News Reporter
Robert Hogan ... Minister
Sean Dugan Sean Dugan ... Cleric
Danny Binstock ... Bartender
Kris Lundberg ... Stacey Moore
Susan Blommaert ... Waitress
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After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband's sinister secret?

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Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/disturbing images, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's a Good Marriage See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

Even though his character is supposed to be far older than hers, Stephen Lang is only 4 years older than Joan Allen. See more »

Goofs

(at around 31 mins) Just after Bob has asked for half a cup of coffee, a woman passes in front of him carrying a purse in one bent arm and a sweater in the other bent arm but as she walks behind him, the purse and the sweater have disappeared and her arms swing freely at her side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bob Anderson: [as narrator] I fled him down the nights and down the days. I fled him down the arches of the years. I fled him down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind. And in the mist of tears, I hid from him, and under running laughter.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Heat Lightning
Written by Sarah Bohling, Nik Fackler & Derek Pressnall
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A Good Marriage
14 February 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Even though author Stephen King's name is frequently used as a marketing tool, it might be damaging in the case of the film A Good Marriage, because the reference to the "Master of Horror" creates very different expectations to what this movie offers. To start with, A Good Marriage isn't a horror film, but a boring thriller lacking of energy, suspense or atmosphere, and with weak performances from Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia. The main problem of A Good Marriage is that it needed more... something. Whatever it could be. More atmosphere, more suspense, more twists. Anything to make it even remotely interesting. To be fair, I haven't read the short story on which A Good Marriage is based, so I can't determine whether the problem comes "of origin", or whether the film couldn't find the proper angle to adapt the story in a more attractive way. But, well... I used to be a fan of King's in previous decades, and I know that his prose is particularly difficult to be translated to cinema, because his characteristic literary "voice" is the first thing to be eliminated when writing a screenplay, something which leaves us with a distillation of characters and concepts which aren't always enough to support a film, unless the movie counts with the necessary ingredients (style, atmosphere, performances) to compensate those things which were lost during the transition. Unfortunately, A Good Marriage couldn't fulfill with those conditions, and I can't recommend it.


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