"Killings"/In the Bedroom Starter Kit


Internet Movie Data Base page on In the Bedroom

Robert Feistinger and Todd Field’s Script

Reviews of In the Bedroom

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Variety.com [Todd McCarthy]


James Berardinelli's ReelViews

BBCi - Films

eye WEEKLY [Kim Linekin]

New York Times (registration req'd)

Reel.com [Rod Armstrong]

Rolling Stone

Salon.com [Andrew O'Hehir]

San Francisco Chronicle [Edward Guthmann]

USA Today [Mike Clark]

The Village Voice [Dennis Lim]

The Village Voice [Amy Taubin]

The Village Voice [J. Hoberman]

Washington Post [Stephen Hunter]


Introductory Paragraph (use or amend as desired):

Todd Field’s Academy Award nominated 2001 film In the Bedroom adopts Andre Dubus’ 1979 short story "Killings" for the big screen. Since Dubus’ story about a father seeking vengeance for his son’s death is only thirteen pages long, Field and co-screenwriter Robert Feistinger faced the challenge of fleshing out the original tale in order to become a 2 hour + motion picture. [Thesis statement here.]

Possible Thesis Statements (to follow the introductory paragraph above). Use or amend as desired.

  • They largely succeeded, giving us a film that remains substantially faithful to the original short story.
  • In so doing, In the Bedroom departs dramatically from the original story.
  • In the process each of the main characters—Matt Fowler (Tom Wilkinson), Ruth Fowler (Sissy Spacek), Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl), Natalie Strout (Marisa Tomei), and Richard Strout (William Mapother)—undergoes distinct [or subtle--choose one] changes from the original story.
  • In the process the original story’s key conflicts and themes undergo distinct [or subtle--choose one] shifts.