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Far from Heaven (2002)

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Coming Out at 8 November 2002 in theaters

Drama

Far from Heaven is period drama film written and directed by Todd Haynes, and starring Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Patricia Clarkson. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Moore won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress, and cinematographer Edward Lachman won a prize for Outstanding Individual Contribution.

The film tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife, living in wealthy suburban Connecticut as she sees her seemingly perfect life begin to fall apart. Haynes pays homage to the films of Douglas Sirk (especially 1955’s All That Heaven Allows and 1959’s Imitation of Life), and explores race, gender roles, sexual orientation, and class in the context of 1950s America.

In 1957 suburban Connecticut, Cathy Whitaker appears to be the perfect wife, mother, and homemaker. Cathy is married to Frank, a successful executive at Magnatech, a company selling television advertising. One evening, Cathy receives a phone call from the local police who are holding her husband. He says it’s all a mix up, but they won’t let him leave alone. Frank has in fact been exploring the underground world of gay bars in Hartford, Connecticut. One day, Cathy spies an unknown black man walking through her yard. He turns out to be Raymond Deagan, the son of Cathy’s late gardener.

Director: Todd Haynes

Writer: Todd Haynes

Stars: Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Clarkson, Viola Davis, James Rebhorn, Bette Henritze

Cast:

Julianne MooreCathy Whitaker
Dennis QuaidFrank Whitaker
Dennis HaysbertRaymond Deagan
Patricia ClarksonEleanor Fine
Viola DavisSybil
James RebhornDr. Bowman
Bette HenritzeMrs. Leacock
Michael GastonStan Fine
Ryan WardDavid Whitaker
Lindsay AndrettaJanice Whitaker
Jordan Nia ElizabethSarah Deagan
Kyle Timothy SmithBilly Hutchinson
Celia WestonMona Lauder
Barbara GarrickDoreen
Olivia BirkelundNancy
Stevie Ray DallimoreDick Dawson
Mylika DavisEsther
Jason FranklinPhotographer
Gregory MarlowReginald Carter
C.C. LoveheartMarlene
June SquibbElderly Woman
Laurent GirouxMan with Mustache
Alex SantorielloSpanish Bartender
Matt MalloyRed Faced Man
J.B. AdamsFarnsworth
Kevin CarriganSoda Jerk
Chance KellyTallman
Declan BaldwinOfficer #1
Brian DelateOfficer #2
Pamela Evans HaynesKitty
Joe HoltHotel Waiter
Ben MossHutch’s Friend
Susan WillisReceptionist
Karl SchroederConductor
Lance OldsBail Clerk
Johnathan McClainStaff Member #1
Nicholas JoyBlond Boy
Virl AndrickBlond Boy’s Father
Jezabel MonteroHooker
Geraldine BartlettWoman at Party
Ernest RayfordGlaring Man
Duane McLaughlinJake
Betsy AidemPool Mother
Mary Anna KlindtworthPool Daughter
Ted NeustadtRon
Thomas TorresBand Leader
Blondell CooperHostess
Tracee DarcelleGirl
Fabrizio FanteHartford Commuter
Ben HauckRefreshments Boy
Michael LinstrothKenny’s Brother
Sarah Beth NelsonBox Office Ticket Seller
John H. TobinHartford Art Buyer
Kristen VermilyeaNew Year’s Eve Party Goer
Jennifer WeedonKissing Girl

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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