Arlington Road (1999)



Critic Consensus: A suspenseful thriller led by strong cast performances built around a somewhat implausible story.

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In this taut thriller, Michael Faraday is a college professor whose wife, an FBI agent, was killed by members of an extremist right-wing terrorist group. When Michael becomes friendly with his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, he begins to suspect that something isn't quite right.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jeff Bridges
as Michael Faraday
Tim Robbins
as Oliver Lang
Hope Davis
as Brooke Wolfe
Joan Cusack
as Cheryl Lang
Robert Gossett
as FBI Agent Whit Carver
Mason Gamble
as Brady Lang
Spencer Treat Clark
as Grant Faraday
Stanley Anderson
as Dr. Archer Scobee
Lee Stringer
as Orderly
Darryl Cox
as Troopmaster
Loyd Catlett
as Delivery Man
Sid Hillman
as Phone Technician
Auden Thornton
as Hannah Lang
Mary Ashleigh Green
as Daphne Lang
Jennie Tooley
as Ponytail Girl
Grant Garrison
as Student Kemp
Naya Castinado
as Student O'Neill
Laura Poe
as Leah Faraday
Christopher Dahlberg
as Buckley, FBI
Gabriel Folse
as Merks, FBI
Hunter Burkes
as Hutch Parsons
Diane Peterson
as Ma Parsons
Josh Ridgway
as 18-Year-Old Parsons
Hans Stroble
as 16-Year-Old Parsons
Michelle Du Bois
as Parsons Girl
Steve Ottesen
as TV Reporter No. 2
Piper Mackenzie Harris
as TV Reporter No. 3
John Hussey
as Accident Detective
Charles Sanders
as Camp Official
Todd Terry
as 2nd Camp Official
Gina Santori
as Party Girl/Student
Denver Williams
as FBI Guard No. 1
Willie Dirden
as FBI Guard No. 2
Paul Pender
as FBI Van Agent
Charlie Webb
as FBI Van Agent No. 2
Billy D. Washington
as FBI Agent No. 3
Cindy Hom
as TV Reporter No. 4
Dave Allen Clark
as TV Reporter No. 5
Ken Manelis
as Reporter Charles Bell
Deborah Swanson
as Bomb Site Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Arlington Road

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (21)

The screenplay stretches the viewer's credulity far beyond the breaking point, asking us to accept dozens of absurd contrivances and coincidences.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

A dank, mechanical exercise that refuses to have any fun.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

The climax is so implausible we stop caring and start scratching our heads!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Arlington Road is a movie trying so hard for intelligence, quality and deeper meanings, you can almost sense the strain under the celluloid.

December 31, 1999
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Arlington Road is a dumb, overheated thriller pretending to be a smart, topical one.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

A flat, formulaic ride!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Arlington Road


A great start to the film, grabs your attention from the off, it then plods along at a steady pace and then hits you right again at the end with an unexpected ending. An enjoyable performance by Jeff Bridges and overall an enjoyable Conspiracy/Political Thriller.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Thriller about two neighbours. Jeff suspects Tim of being a terrorist. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

well its an alright thriller! it is clever and the ending was so unexpected that i love the originality of , as its not the obvious good guys win bad guys lose! but it does get a bit boring, there isnt enough action to keep me interested!

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