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Dream House

92 min
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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Jim Sheridan
1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Filming Locations: Lakeview Restaurant, 1132 Dundas St. W, Toronto, Ontario
Budget: $55,000,000
Opening Weekend: $8,129,355 (USA) (2 October 2011)
Gross: $21,283,440 (USA) (13 November 2011)
Daniel Craig
Will Atenton
Naomi Watts
Ann Patterson
Rachel Weisz
Elias Koteas
Marton Csokas
Jack Patterson
Taylor Geare
Claire Geare
Dee Dee (as Claire Astin Geare)
Rachel G. Fox
Chloe Patterson (as Rachel Fox)
Brian Murray
Dr. Medlin
Bernadette Quigley
Heather Keeler
Sarah Gadon
Gregory Smith
Mark Wilson
Capt. Conklin
David Huband
Officer Nelson
Martin Roach
Jean Yoon
New Editor
Lynne Griffin
Jonathan Potts
Tony Ferguson
Marlee Otto
Young Author
Nigel Henry
Author's Assistant / Guard 1
Bryon Mumford
Author's Assistant / Guard 2
Joe Pingue
Ryan Blakely
Harkness Client
Karen Glave
Harkness Receptionist
David Fox
Building Inspector
Adam Chuckryk
Officer Knight (uncredited)
James Collins
Police Officer (uncredited)
Kevin Hanchard
Sgt. Johnson (uncredited)
Kevin B Hartley
Publishing Office Staff (uncredited)
Sam Keeley
Yulia Lukin
Waitress (uncredited)
Douglas Nyback
Angry Motorist (uncredited)
Chris Owens
Tom Barrion (uncredited)
Robert J. Tavenor
Angrier Motorist (uncredited)
Did you know?
The second film Rachel McAdams dropped out of starring Daniel Craig. She previously opted out of Casino Royale.
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Not screened in advance for critics.
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Rachel McAdams was originally cast but dropped out and was replaced with Rachel Weisz. Weisz and Daniel Craig met on the set of this movie and later married.
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In the diner where Will is asking the police officers about the murders, the front shot of the officers is flipped as indicated by the text on the menu in the background as well as the seating of the officers switching between shots. That's because it's being seen through the mirror behind the counter at the diner.
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Will is walking in town and looks into the café as a man and a woman - the woman is wearing red boots - walk towards him. He goes in, talks to the police officers and leaves a few moments later. When he does, the same couple are walking towards him again in the same direction.
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When Will is following the footprints outside the house, the string on the left hand side of his hoodie pops in and out between shots.
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Dr. Medlin: Alright, now I want to show you something I showed you earlier. From five years ago.
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Will Atenton: How did she die, Ann ? Tell me how she died.
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Will Atenton: Once upon a time, there were two little girls who lived in a house.
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What is 'Dream House' about?
New York book editor Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) and his family -- wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and two daughters, Trish (Taylor Geare) and Dee Dee (Claire Geare) -- move into their dream house in the quaint Connecticut town of New Ashford. When Dee Dee sees a man looking in a window and Will finds teenagers congregating in his basement, he looks into the history of the house only to discover that it was previously inhabited by the Ward family and that father Peter Ward is said to have murdered his wife Elizabeth and two daughters, Katherine and Beatrice. A bit of research on Will's part reveals that Peter Ward spent five years in Greenhaven Psychiatric Hospital and has recently been discharged. Fearful that Ward may be stalking his family, Will attempts to track him down. Neighbor Ann Patterson (Naomi Watts) may hold some answers, but those answers are about to change Will's reality.
Any recommendations for movies with a twist like in 'Dream House'?
Those who have seen Dream House and who like movies that twist the viewer's reality often compare it to Shutter Island (2010), The Number 23 (2007), Secret Window (2004), The Others (2001), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Rosemary's Baby (1968). All of these are movies that bear a second watching, the first time to identify the twist and the second time to search for clues you may have missed when watching it the first time.
Is 'Dream House' based on a book?
No. Dream House was filmed from a screenplay by David Loucka.
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