The Door in the Floor

September 17th, 2004


The Door in the Floor

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Still of Bijou Phillips, Jon Foster and Elle Fanning in The Door in the FloorStill of Kim Basinger and Jon Foster in The Door in the FloorStill of Kim Basinger in The Door in the FloorStill of Kim Basinger and Jeff Bridges in The Door in the FloorJohn Irving and Tod Williams in The Door in the FloorStill of Kim Basinger and Jon Foster in The Door in the Floor

A writer's young assistant becomes both pawn and catalyst in his boss's disintegrating household.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.7/10 (9,764 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Tod Williams

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Jon Foster

Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East Hampton, New York and chronicles one pivotal summer in the lives of famous children's book author Ted Cole (Jeff Bridges) and his beautiful wife Marion (Kim Basinger). Their once-great marriage has been strained by tragedy. Her resulting despondency and his subsequent infidelities have prevented the couple from confronting a much-needed change in their relationship. Eddie O'Hare, the young man Ted hires to work as his summer assistant, is the couple's unwitting yet willing pawn - and, ultimately, the catalyst in the transformation of their lives.

Writers: John Irving, Tod Williams

Elle Fanning - Ruth Cole
Jeff Bridges - Ted Cole
Kim Basinger - Marion Cole
Jon Foster - Eddie O'Hare
Larry Pine - Interviewer
John Rothman - Minty O'Hare
Harvey Loomis - Dr. Loomis
Bijou Phillips - Alice
Mimi Rogers - Evelyn Vaughn
Mike S. Ryan - Reception Fan
Libby Langdon - Woman at Reception
Louis Arcella - Eduardo Gomez
Robert LuPone - Mendelssohn
Rachel Style - Bookstore Assistant
Amanda Posner - Frame Shop Clerk

Taglines: The most dangerous secrets are the ones we're afraid to tell ourselves.


Official Website: Focus Features [United States] |

Release Date: 17 September 2004

Filming Locations: Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $456,876 (USA) (18 July 2004) (47 Screens)

Gross: $3,835,551 (USA) (10 October 2004)

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Did You Know?

The deceased Cole boys, Thomas and Timothy, were played by director/screenwriter Tod Williams's cousins Tod Harrison Williams and Carter Williams, and the photographs featured in the film are their actual childhood photos.

Continuity: When Eddie takes his luggage out of the car, he only gets a couple of items. He holds them in his right hand, immediately closes the trunk with his left hand. The large bag ends up on the ground, even though it never was removed.

Eddie O'Hare: I want to know more about you.
Marion Cole: You already know too much already.

User Review

This is NOT The Cat In The Hat

Rating: 10/10

As a huge follower of Jeff Bridges' work, I am here to tell you that if you're a fan too, you must jettison yourself out of your chair forthwith and propel yourself immediately to a theatre where this magnificent film is showing.

The Door In The Floor gives Bridges a chance to create a character truly worthy of his subtle (and generally overlooked) brilliance; his organic, from-the-inside-out approach makes what he does seem so effortless, so thoroughly not-like-acting that he's generally hardly given his due, and if he doesn't garner some serious recognition for what he brings to the table here, there's quite simply no hope for the world.

This is a film of deep, devastating power - a film where you, as an audience member, actually share space with the two main characters, Ted and Marion Cole (Bridges, of course, and an equally-brilliant Kim Bassinger, who once again reminds us why she won an Oscar a few years back). We inhabit their crumbled world, from the inside, not just as observers. By the end, we feel as if we have gone through their tragedy with them, and when I left the theatre, I felt as if my life had been changed by sharing with them what I just shared - as if time itself had stopped and left me suspended in there, with them.


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