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Cold Creek Manor (2003)

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, more...
Director: Mike Figgis, Mike Figgis
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Studio: Walt Disney Video
Running Time: 119 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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New Yorkers get a crash course in the more dangerous aspects of moving to the country and buying a "handyman's special" in this thriller from award-winning director Mike Figgis. Cooper and Leah Tilson (Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone) are a wealthy couple who have grown tired of the high stress of life in New York City and are looking to move to someplace with more breathing room. Upstate, they find a mansion in the village of Cold Creek which has fallen into disrepair after it was repossessed. Convinced the house has great possibilities, The Tilsons buy it, and with a little hard work Cooper, Leah, and their two children are soon living in their dream home. Unknown to The Tilsons, the house used to belong to a lifelong Cold Creek resident named Dale Massie (Stephen Dorff), a ne'er-do-well who ended up behind bars. After he's released from prison, Massie makes it clear to the new owners that he wants his home back, and before long Cooper and Leah begin learning the disturbing truth about the history of the mansion -- and that many Cold Creek residents don't take kindly to new arrivals. Cold Creek Manor also stars Juliette Lewis and Christopher Plummer. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Cold Creek Questions by Merty March 13, 2004 - 9:36 AM PST
While Cold Creek Manor was entertaining, at the end I was disappointed that a lot of the threads of the movie were left dangling. What really happened between Dale Massie and his father? Why wasn't Cooper Tilson's budding movie about the Massie and Cold Creek Manor used to provide more background? There were oblique references to events that shaped what we were seeing but we are left to guess what really happened, their importance on the characters current behavior. Again, why would Ruby lay a flower on the grave of Dale and not her sister? And why would the Tilson's allow someone who had terrorized them be buried on their land? And why so many different kinds of snakes?

All in all the acting was believable although I would have expected the young children to be more disturbed by the events they were experiencing.

Even with all of the above concerns, I would recommend that others view this movie.

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