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Film Date :   December 26, 2008
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Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Roadis a 2008 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes , from screenplay by Justin Haythe , starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet . It is based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates .

The film opened in limited release on December 26, 2008, and expanded wide on January 23, 2009. It was the first film in which DiCaprio and Winslet have co-starred since the 1997 filmTitanic. It also includedTitanicco-star Kathy Bates .

The film was nominated for three Academy Awards : Best Art Direction , Best Costume Design and Best Supporting Actor ( Michael Shannon ).

In the late 1940s, Frank Wheeler ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) meets April ( Kate Winslet ) at a party. He is a longshoreman , hoping to be a cashier ; she wants to be an actress. Frank later secures a sales position with the same company at which his father worked and he and April marry. In 1955, the Wheelers move to 115 Revolutionary Road in suburban Connecticut when April becomes pregnant. Frank and April settle into the normality of suburban life while raising their children, Michael and Jennifer.

The couple become close friends with their realtor Helen Givings ( Kathy Bates ) and her husband Howard, and neighbor Milly Campbell ( Kathryn Hahn ) and her husband Shep ( David Harbour ). To their friends the Wheelers are the perfect couple, but their relationship is troubled. April fails to make a career out of acting, while Frank hates the tedium of his work. April wants new scenery and a chance to support the family so that Frank can find his passion.

April recalls how Frank talked about moving back to Paris . With a failed career, she believes that Paris is the solution to their problems. She suggests they relocate. Initially Frank laughs off the idea, but then begins considering it. The only person who confronts the Wheelers' decision is John ( Michael Shannon ), the troubled son of Helen. Frank admits to John that they indeed are running away from the hopelessness and emptiness of their repetitive lifestyle.

As the couple prepares to move, they are forced to reconsider. Frank, propelled by a carefree attitude brought on by the thought of Paris, turns in a sarcastic piece of work to his boss. To his surprise, his work is considered brilliant by company executives and he is offered a promotion. April becomes pregnant again. When she reveals it to Frank she floats the idea of an abortion. April is desperate to move to Paris, but Frank is disgusted by the thought of abortion, causing him to feel that moving to Paris is an unrealistic dream.

Frank discovers that April is contemplating having the abortion. He is furious and starts screaming at April, leading to a serious altercation. The next day Frank takes the promotion and tries to accept his uneventful life. At the end of an evening at a jazz bar with Milly and Shep, a car blocks in one of the cars the couples came in. April suggests that Frank and Milly head home to release the babysitters at each house while she and Shep wait for the blocking car's driver to return. They re-enter the jazz bar, eventually dancing feverishly with each other, then making love in the car. Shep professes his long-held love for April, but she rejects his interest.

The following morning, Frank cheerfully admits to having an affair with an assistant at his office, hoping to reconcile with April. April responds apathetically and tells him it does not matter and her love for him has gone. The Givings come over for dinner, and John lambasts Frank for crushing April's hope, as well as his acceptance of his circumstances, implying that Frank got April pregnant specifically to destroy the idea of moving to Paris, and that April allowed him to do it so that she would feel her husband was "a real man". Frank nearly attacks John and the Givings hurry out. April and Frank have another fight, which causes April to flee the house.

Frank spends the night in a drunken stupor, but is shocked to find April in the kitchen calmly making breakfast the next morning. The couple have a pleasant breakfast, with April asking Frank about work and Frank seeming enthusiastic as he describes how the large computer purchase he is making will help many businesses. April's mood seems to have improved, but after bidding good-bye to Frank she breaks down and prepares to perform her own instillation abortion , which proves fatal. Shep goes to the hospital to support Frank, who hysterically tells him that "she did it to herself" but is grief-stricken when he hears of April's demise.

The house is acquired by a new couple and we hear Milly telling the story of the Wheelers to the new owners, telling them how Frank moved to the city and is still working with computers, devoting every spare moment of his life to his children. Shep blames himself in part for April's death, more than likely believing the unborn child was his own from their previous affair, and quietly tells Milly that he doesn't want to talk about the Wheelers anymore.

Helen tells Howard that she thinks the new couple that moved in are the first people she has ever found suitable for the home. Howard asks why she does not give credit to the Wheelers, but she says they were too whimsical, trying and neurotic. As she continues discussing what she did not like about the Wheelers, Howard turns off his hearing aid.

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