Far From Heaven

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  107 min.
Release Date: November 8, 2002
DVD: April 1, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 3.97
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Cast: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn


It is the fall of 1957 in Hartford, Connecticut, and Cathy Whitaker (Moore) is returning home from a day of errands. Her husband, Frank (Quaid), who heads the local branch of the Magnatech TV sales company, is expected home for a dinner engagement. As Sybil, their maid, helps Cathy unload the car, David and Janice, the Whitaker children, are told to hurry inside and prepare for dinner. There's only one problem: neither Cathy nor Sybil has heard from Mr. Whitaker all afternoon.

What begins as a curiously un-ironic snapshot of 1950s American values is soon transformed into a tangle of competing conflicts, igniting Cathy's friendships with her formidable gardener, Raymond (Haysbert), her plucky best friends (Clarkson), and maid, Sybil (Davis). As secrets are revealed, Cathy is faced with choices that spur hatred and gossip within the community. She comes to recognize her own desires, even as, in the process, she has to give up the object of them.

Director: Todd Haynes
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Christine Vachon, Jody Patton
Screenplay: Todd Haynes
Official Site: www.farfromheavenmovie.com

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  • 5 stars "A timeless classic. I love this movie. One of my favourites."