Reservation Road

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About the Film

Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road is the compelling new dramatic thriller from two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda). A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, Reservation Road follows two fathers as their families and lives converge.

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix), his wife Grace (Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly), and their daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh (Sean Curley) is playing cello – beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever.

On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) and his 11-year-old son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing – and, hopefully, headed for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon (Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino), Dwight heads toward his fateful encounter at Reservation Road.

The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan – the only witness – is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives.

  • Joaquin Phoenix

    Ethan Learner

  • Mark Ruffalo

    Dwight Arno

  • Jennifer Connelly

    Grace Learner

  • Mira Sorvino

    Ruth Wheldon

  • Elle Fanning

    Emma Learner

  • Eddie Alderson

    Lucas Arno

  • Sean Curley
    Josh Learner
  • Terry George


  • John Burnham Schwartz


  • Nick Wechsler


  • A. Kitman Ho


  • Dean M. Leavitt

    Executive Producer

  • Gina Resnick

    Executive Producer

  • John Lindley, ASC

    Director of Photography

  • Ford Wheeler

    Production Designer

  • Naomi Geraghty


  • Catherine George

    Costume Designer

  • Mark Isham