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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.

Director:

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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When her parents died, their best friends welcomed her into their home... and their deadly game. See more »


Certificate:

16 | 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,001,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original cut ran for almost 180 minutes before the majority of this footage was deleted during post-production reducing the run-time to 106 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Ruby's iBook is not connected to a phone line. She could have been using a wireless network (AirPort), but there would be no dial tone (see above) even when the AirPort base station was dialing up. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Prom Night (1980) See more »

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This Too Shall Pass
Written by Christopher Young
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Broken Windows in the Glass House
25 September 2001 | by jhendricks97See all my reviews

They say that people living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

But since I haven't made any awful suspense thrillers in the last little while, I feel perfectly comfortable hurling insults at "The Glass House." Although if I was making a film in the same vein as "The Glass House," there are a million things I would have done Differently. Little things, such as including some genuine suspense!

Right from the beginning of the film, we know that Terry and Erin Glass are evil. Really, the only way they could have made them appear more sinister is by painting black handlebar moustaches on their faces!

This removes all of the film's suspense. For it to have had even a chance of success, the films producer's should have made everything appear to be normal, at first! Then halfway through the film, we discover the Glasses secret! And from there, thrills would follow! But sadly, this movie lacks both thrills and suspense as well. And it's all because of a plot as transparent as, well, glass! I wasn't just a step ahead of "The Glass House," I was five steps ahead. And don't even get me started on the unconvincing acting from Sobiesky,

and virtually every other lead in the film. Simply put, `The Glass House' is awful, and a complete waste of time. 1 STAR OUT OF 5.


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