Rabbit Hole

December 17th 2010
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 92 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh, Dianne Wiest, Jon Tenney, Giancarlo Esposito, Tammy Blanchard, Miles Teller, Mike Doyle, Patricia Kalember, Phoenix List, Julie Lauren, Ursula Parker, Yetta Gottesman, Sandi Carroll, Jay Wilkison, Shoshanna Withers, Sara Jane Blazo, Benjamin Sachs
  • Director: John Cameron Mitchell
  • Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Producers: Nicole Kidman, Gigi Pritzker, Per Saari, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech
  • Co Producers: Caroline Jaczko, Geoff Linville
  • Executive Producers: Bill Lischak, Linda McDonough, Brian O'Shea, Daniel Revers
  • Art Direction: Ola Maslik
  • Castings: Sig De Miguel, Stephen Vincent
  • Costume Design: Ann Roth
  • D.O.P.: Frank G. DeMarco
  • Editor: Joe Klotz
  • Makeup: Kyra Panchenko
  • Music: Anton Sanko
  • Production Design: Kalina Ivanov
  • Set Decoration: Diana Salzburg


"Rabbit Hole" is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations. Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.

The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (Dianne Wiest) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (Miles Teller); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (Sandra Oh). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic elements, some drug use and language
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: Olympus Pictures, Blossom Films, Odd Lot Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: 1 June 2009 - 9 July 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Though his two film scripts were stinkers ("Robots," "Inkheart"), David Lindsay-Abaire has received a lot of acclaim for his work as a playwright, most notably his 2006 production "Rabbit Hole" which scored the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With recent film adaptations of other plays that have scored the same award like "Doubt," "Rent" and "Proof," it's no surprise that 'Rabbit' is getting the cinematic treatment.

What's most exciting though is that award-winning "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Shortbus" director John Cameron Mitchell is helming the $10 million project. With his rather unique sensibilities, why he opted to direct a relatively conventional story is an interesting question but is probably explained by a personal loss along similar lines he suffered as a teenager.

With a solid cast including Nicole Kidman in both a starring and producing capacity, all the ingredients are in place for a great adaptation - but can a play that some thought was too theatrical for the stage work on a film medium? Good stage play film adaptations win awards, bad ones are generally ignored and left forgotten - I sincerely hope it's the former in this case."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 October 2010: France
  • 4 February 2011: UK