The Clearing

The Clearing

DVD - 2004
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Wayne and Eileen have raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. When Wayne is kidnapped by ordinary guy, Arnold Mack, and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned upside down. Eileen finds her home full of FBI agents and their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other.
Publisher: ©2004.
Beverly Hill, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2004]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004.
ISBN: 9786308788017
6308788015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Wayne and Eileen have raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. When Wayne is kidnapped by ordinary guy, Arnold Mack, and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned upside down. Eileen finds her home full of FBI agents and their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other.

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trcookIIImddmd
May 06, 2017

bad disc

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chriscoleman
Aug 18, 2016

This is a kidnapping film that's just kind of meh. Wayne and Eileen Hayes are a wealthy white couple in their 60s who made millions from laying off half their company's workforce, taking their pensions, and a huge bonus/retirement package from the one-time profits. Disgusting. One of the employees whose life they ruined was Arnold Mack who'd worked for them for 17 years. Eight years later he kidnaps Wayne in a brilliant kidnapping plan. I had no sympathy for the Hayes family. She never worked a day in her life. She spent her days swimming, sitting by their huge pool, and shopping. The maid did everything. He had a mistress on the side and took pleasure in condescending to people and telling them how worthless they were. What a pair. I almost wish he'd kidnapped the both of them, but then who would've paid the ransom?

ChampionMDR Oct 17, 2015

Helen Mirren wonderful as ever, as is the rest of the cast. Some suspenseful moments, but the ending was sappy and unconvincing.

7duffy Jul 27, 2014

Excellent acting. Boring story telling.

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rslade
Jul 10, 2014

Some very good acting, but in the service of a story which really doesn't hold together.

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