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The Glass House (2001)

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An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

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Daniel Sackheim

Writer:

Wesley Strick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Ruby Baker
Diane Lane ... Erin Glass
Stellan Skarsgård ... Terrence 'Terry' Glass
Bruce Dern ... Begleiter
Kathy Baker ... Nancy Ryan
Trevor Morgan ... Rhett Baker
Chris Noth ... Uncle Jack
Michael O'Keefe ... Dave Baker
Vyto Ruginis ... Don
Gavin O'Connor ... Whitey
Carly Pope ... Tasha
China Shavers ... E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
Agnes Bruckner ... Zoe
Michael Paul Chan ... Mr. Kim
Rachel Wilson ... Hannah
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Storyline

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

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To everyone else, their simple game of deception wasn't obvious. To her, it was as clear as glass. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glass House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,448, 16 September 2001

Gross USA:

$18,150,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,619,609
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Leelee Sobieski was paid $1 million for appearing in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are in the police car, the first shot from inside reveals a shotgun pointed upward between the front seats in the middle of the car. The shotgun disappears and reappears in subsequent shots. See more »

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[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes two cut scenes from the fim:
  • After Ruby faints when she finds the cops at her house, she wakes up the next morning thinking her parents' accident was a dream. When she heads downstairs, the neighbors are there to tell her it wasn't. Ruby sits at the table and cries sadly as the camera slowly pans away from her.
  • Another scene has Ruby and Rhett at the funeral burying their parents' ashes at the cemetary.
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Leelee Sobieski kicks some Glass
8 February 2008 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

I apologize for the pun, I could not resist myself. This film was recommended to me by a friend, and I had never heard of it, so I could not really say what I was expecting. What I received though was a smart, intense, fun, excellently executed thriller with wonderful performances that entertains from beginning to end.

Leelee Sobieski brings to her character, Ruby Baker, depth and likablity without even having to apply much effort to it. Stellan Skarsgård and Diane Lane are great as the Terrence and Erin Glass, and even Trevor Morgan gives a nice performances as Ruby's younger brother, Rhett Baker. The performances are part of what is effective with this movie. Everyone delivered their lines and completed scenes with finesse, even if they weren't Oscar worthy presentations and they created the atmosphere that the director was trying to set perfectly.

The film is not boring at all and it's not mediocre as a lot of reviews suggest. It has a nice, suspenseful build up and the material, while the gist is a bit overused, is fresh in it's own way. Who says an unoriginal plot has to bad? Is that a written rule? The plot is simply marvelous in this film, if you ask me. I enjoyed so much seeing how the twist in the film starts to slowly unravel piece by piece, because I liked the characters and was interested in the story from the get go. The movie almost trips on it's own feet a couple of times, but nothing seriously major that is worth noting keeps you from enjoying the fun and satisfaction the film brings. I even was extremely fond of the setting, and for those of you who say it's an overrated pun with the Glasses living in a house mostly made of glass, there are horror classics throughout history that work off puns much cornier, and The Glass House does it very well, stop complaining.

In any matter, as I have said, The Glass House is non-stop fun and excitement from beginning to end with delightful and even memorable performances (i.e.: Leelee Sobieski, who indeed gives the finest performance of all, and probably the finest of her career in general), an intense and realistic atmosphere, relentless build up and a twist that I honestly could not see coming. I loved it and had an amazing time watching it! It was a riveting, effective, astonishing accomplishment in my book.


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