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September 2004
First Look: The Woodsman

First Look: The Woodsman

Release Date: December 24, 2004
Distributor: Newmarket Films
Director: Nicole Kassell
Producers: Lee Daniels,
Screenwriter: Steven Fechter & Nicole Kassell, based on the play by Steven Fechther
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Eve, David Alan Grier, Benjamin Bratt, & Carlos Leon

Kevin Bacon, an indispensable fixture of American cinema over the past 20 years, delivers his finest performance in THE WOODSMAN, a harrowing and moving tale of one man’s attempt to re-enter society.

After twelve years in prison, Walter moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. He finds unexpected solace from Vicki (Kyra Sedgwick), a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious police detective (Mos Def). After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons.

THE WOODSMAN, based on a play of the same name, is an unnerving, ultimately hopeful portrait of compulsion and hard-won redemption.

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