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Revolutionary Road

Drama. A seemingly successful couple in 1950s Connecticut struggle to fight off the boredom and resentment engulfing their marriage.

Drama based on Richard Yates's acclaimed novel, reuniting the Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

April and Frank Wheeler are a young, thriving couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. Their self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job, and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career.

Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France, where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. But as their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfilment are thrown into jeopardy.

1 hour, 49 minutes

Last on

Sat 22 Oct 2016 23:15

Credits

Role Contributor
April Wheeler Kate Winslet
Frank Wheeler Leonardo DiCaprio
John Givings Michael Shannon
Mrs Givings Kathy Bates
Mr Givings Richard Easton
Shep Campbell David Harbour
Milly Campbell Kathryn Hahn
Party Guest Heidi Armbruster
Maureen Grube Zoe Kazan
Jack Ordway Dylan Baker
Director Sam Mendes
Writer Justin Haythe
Author Richard Yates

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