History Film / ArlingtonRoad

8th Aug '16 1:21:09 PM Mdumas43073
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''Arlington Road'' is a thriller movie, where a George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are planning a terrorist attack.

The title refers to a street of wealthy people in Bethesda, Maryland, about five miles from Washington, D.C. Equivalent to ''Rodeo Drive'' in Beverly Hills.

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''Arlington Road'' is a 1999 thriller movie, where in which a George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are planning a terrorist attack.

The title refers to a street of wealthy people in Bethesda, Maryland, about five miles from Washington, D.C.WashingtonDC. Equivalent to ''Rodeo Drive'' in Beverly Hills.
29th Jul '16 6:52:03 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* GambitRoulette: Creator/RogerEbert pointed out problems with the terrorist plot, as shown in the page quote.

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* GambitRoulette: As Creator/RogerEbert pointed out problems with in his review regarding the terrorist plot, as shown in plot:
-->''"How can anyone, even skilled conspirators, predict with perfect accuracy
the page quote. outcome of a car crash? How can they know in advance that a man will go to a certain pay phone at a certain time, so that he can see a particular truck he needs to see? How can the actions of security guards be accurately anticipated? Isn't it risky to hinge an entire plan of action on the hope that the police won't stop a car speeding recklessly through a downtown area?"''
18th Jul '16 3:28:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The villains could be seen as this, explicitly stated by the main villain (Tim Robbins). "''Do you think we'd leave anything to chance?''".
1st Jun '16 9:26:36 PM 43110
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* BigBad: Tim Robbins could be seen as one since he seems to be the leader of his terrorist cell. It is also implied that he is subservient to a BiggerBad, however this is not directly referenced or mentioned on screen [[spoiler: at the end when they are packing up his wife says "I hope this time they send us somewhere nice", implying they are waiting for orders from the higher ups in their organization.]]

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* BigBad: Tim Robbins could be seen as one since he seems to be the leader of his terrorist cell. It is also implied that he is subservient to a BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, however this is not directly referenced or mentioned on screen [[spoiler: at the end when they are packing up his wife says "I hope this time they send us somewhere nice", implying they are waiting for orders from the higher ups in their organization.]]
22nd May '16 6:35:45 AM benda
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* CruelTwistEnding

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* CruelTwistEndingCruelTwistEnding: Is it even possible to imagine a crueler ending to this movie?
17th Aug '15 1:43:58 PM Rbrtblnk
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10th Aug '15 5:06:49 PM plcthecd
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* FreudianExcuse: The death of the professor's wife during a failed FBI mission is implied to be this in the montage at the end. [[spoiler:Subverted because it was a fabrication (the part about the death being a Freudian excuse, not the death itself)- the professor was framed.]]

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* FreudianExcuse: FreudianExcuse:
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The death of the professor's wife during a failed FBI mission is implied to be this in the montage at the end. [[spoiler:Subverted because it was a fabrication (the part about the death being a Freudian excuse, not the death itself)- the professor was framed.]]
** The BigBad [[spoiler: who's real name is William Fenimore, says his family farm went broke after the government 'appropriated' the river that ran through it 'for other uses' His father then killed himself and made it look like a tractor accident so the family could claim the life insurance. He left a note for William explaining everything. William built the pipe bomb to get back at the government.
]] although it's unclear if his story is true or nor.
5th Jun '15 2:17:48 AM PaulA
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Generally a street of wealthy people in Bethesda, Maryland, about five miles from Washington, D.C. Equivalent to ''Rodeo Drive'' in Beverly Hills.

Also a thriller movie, where a George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are planning a terrorist attack.

The movie stars JeffBridges as a university professor who is an expert on domestic terrorism, and whose wife died in a failed FBI mission some years earlier. He has a young son, a girlfriend (played by Hope Davis) and keeps in touch with his wife's former FBI partner, played by Robert Gossett. One day he begins to suspect his next-door neighbors (played by Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) to be terrorists, based on a number of incidents that have occurred around them, including their son being hospitalized after an accident involving a firecracker. Nobody will believe him though, finding his ideas crazy and paranoid, pointing the finger at his being unable to recover from the trauma he experienced when his wife died in the manner she did.

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Generally ''Arlington Road'' is a thriller movie, where a George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are planning a terrorist attack.

The title refers to
a street of wealthy people in Bethesda, Maryland, about five miles from Washington, D.C. Equivalent to ''Rodeo Drive'' in Beverly Hills.

Also a thriller movie, where a George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are planning a terrorist attack.

The movie stars JeffBridges Creator/JeffBridges as a university professor who is an expert on domestic terrorism, and whose wife died in a failed FBI mission some years earlier. He has a young son, a girlfriend (played by Hope Davis) and keeps in touch with his wife's former FBI partner, played by Robert Gossett. One day he begins to suspect his next-door neighbors (played by Tim Robbins Creator/TimRobbins and Joan Cusack) Creator/JoanCusack) to be terrorists, based on a number of incidents that have occurred around them, including their son being hospitalized after an accident involving a firecracker. Nobody will believe him though, finding his ideas crazy and paranoid, pointing the finger at his being unable to recover from the trauma he experienced when his wife died in the manner she did.
5th Jun '15 2:16:09 AM PaulA
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[[spoiler:During the movie, the professor is eventually convinced that he was mistaken, only to suddenly find out that it's still all true. Then he tries to foil the terrorist's plot, but is eventually tricked into being the fall guy in their bombing of the FBI Headquarters.]]



* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Not only does the bad guy succeed in his plans, [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit the good guy takes the fall.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: Not TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Not only does the bad guy succeed in his plans, [[DeceasedFallGuyGambit the good guy takes the fall.]]]]



* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation: Oliver Lang was the name of the BigBad's best friend growing up. William Fenimore Jr. took his name when Oliver died at 25 to honor him, for his identity and to cover up the BigBad's past crimes.]]

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* [[spoiler:DeadPersonImpersonation: Oliver DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler:Oliver Lang was the name of the BigBad's best friend growing up. William Fenimore Jr. took his name when Oliver died at 25 to honor him, for his identity and to cover up the BigBad's past crimes.]]



* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Michael himself at the end.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Michael TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Michael himself at the end.]]



* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Michael]]

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* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: Michael]]UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Michael]]
24th Mar '15 11:50:05 AM Yipeekiyay
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* WouldHurtAChild: Subverted by the BigBad; played straight by the FBI during the siege that took the life of Michael's wife. (Well, the kid was armed.)

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* WouldHurtAChild: Subverted Zig-zagged by the BigBad; played straight by the FBI during the siege that took the life of Michael's wife. (Well, the kid was armed.)
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