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Wakefield (2016)

R | | Drama | 19 May 2017 (USA)
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A man's nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.

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Robin Swicord

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (based on the short story by), Robin Swicord (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Howard Wakefield
Jennifer Garner ... Diana Wakefield
Victoria Bruno ... Taylor
Ellery Sprayberry ... Giselle
Monica Lawson ... Ellen
Derek Alvarado ... Male Police Officer (as Derek Weston)
Beverly D'Angelo ... Babs
Ian Anthony Dale ... Ben Jacobs
Tracey Walter ... Homeless Man
Pippa Bennett-Warner ... Emily
Isaac Leyva ... Herbert
Alexander Zale ... Dr. Sondervan
Jason O'Mara ... Dirk Morrison
Eliza Coleman ... Gleaner Woman
Cameron Simmons ... Gleaner
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Storyline

Howard has a loving wife (Garner), two daughters, a prestigious job as a Manhattan lawyer, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. But inwardly he's suffocating, and eventually he snaps and goes into hiding in his garage attic leaving his family to wonder what happened to him. He observes them from his window - an outsider spying in on his own life - as the days of exile stretch into months. Is it possible to go back to the way things were? Written by JAP

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What would your life be like without you?

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Drama

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida em Espera See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,120, 19 May 2017

Gross USA:

$259,412
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on an old short story of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne. See more »

Goofs

The train Wakefield boarded from Grand Central was a diesel hauled train. A power outage might have affected the train's motion (electric trains stalled ahead etc), but it would not have affected the lights in the train given that the power comes from the diesel locomotive. See more »

Quotes

Howard Wakefield: I never left my family. I left myself. Unshackled, I will become the Howard Wakefield I was meant to be.
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Could have been more interesting
6 November 2017 | by barbagvidoSee all my reviews

Wakefield is a film starring Bryan Cranston as the man who hides in a garage for months looking at the events in his house and everyone thinking he's missing. Basically, he's looking at his life without him.

It's an interesting premise on it's own, but the movie never really does anything about that and the plot barely goes anywhere through the entire movie. And yeah, don't expect much of a resolution at the end. This is something that works on paper, but doesn't translate to the screen very well. One of the biggest problems is also a lack of interesting and creative direction. If a director made it stranger and more unique, it would have been a lot more interesting. This way, it just doesn't stick out. But still, it's filled with powerful performances, especially from Bryan Cranston, who never fails to impress and pretty much carries the entire movie with his performance and he might be one of the few reasons it wasn't completely uninteresting. The premise itself, a few interesting but not memorable enough moments and the premise are what saves this movie from being bad. But it's not particularly good either.

While the run-time isn't long the movie is longer than it should be and by the last third the end can't come soon enough. Only watch if you're a big fan of Cranston. Other than that, you won't find much here.


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