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The Glass House (2001)

Diane Lane , Leelee Sobieski , Daniel Sackheim  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgård, Bruce Dern, Kathy Baker
  • Directors: Daniel Sackheim
  • Writers: Wesley Strick
  • Producers: Heather Lieberman, Michael I. Rachmil, Neal H. Moritz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RYKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Glass House" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From the producer of The Fast and the Furious and I Know What You Did Last Summer comes this scare-a-minute psychological chiller starring Leelee Sobieski (Eyes Wide Shut, Never Been Kissed), Diane Lane (The Perfect Storm), Stellan Skarsgîrd (Good Will Hunting) and Trevor Morgan (Jurassic Park III,The Patriot). When Ruby (Sobieski) and Rhett's (Morgan) parents are killed in a car accident, theircarefree teenage lives are suddenly shattered. Moving to an incredible house in Malibu with the Glasses', old friends of the family, seems to be the beginning of a new life for them. But Ruby soon stumbles upon information that leads her to suspect that her new legal guardians might somehow be responsible for her parents' deaths. Now she finds herself all alone in a duel of wits with the ruthlessand terrifying couple, and she's the only thing standing between them and her $4 million inheritance. Prepare yourself for a wild and intense thrill ride in this mesmerizing chiller!

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Shattering" Thriller September 27, 2001
In THE GLASS HOUSE, murder runs rampant amid the scenic backdrop of Malibu. An accidental dealth leaves two children, Ruby played by Leelee Sobieski and Rhett played by Trevor Morgan, orphans. They are placed into the custody of their neighbors, Trevor and Erin Glass.
Their home has half of its structure made out of glass, a beautiful site, but one where the cold atmosphere clearly shows that life is about to change. Everything the kids do is monitored as no aspect of their lives is private. Somehow, Trevor and Erin seem to be everywhere imaginable, yet seemingly never around. Things really heat up once Ruby finds out about the skeletons in her new guardians' closet.
Although the plotline is fairly predictable, the acting is quite good, and the suspense will give you goosebumps. Leelee Sobieski is wonderful in her role, and Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgaard play excellent adversaries. GLASS HOUSE also features cameos by Chris Noth and Rita Wilson, completing the cast quite nicely.
Overall, this is a fairly entertaining film that will definately make you flinch in your seat a couple of times. It won't dissappoint.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of flying cliche projectiles March 4, 2002
By CastleD
Saying a movie has too many cliches is a cliche in itself, but man, somebody arrived to the set of this movie in an oil tanker filled with cliches and spilled it all over the place. Cliches were flying out of my tv screen like sharp knives putting everyone in my family in danger. My cat found a cliche in her food dish and tried to eat it.
But then again, The Glass House was fun to watch in some ways. One being that I was able to predict exactly what was going to happen next every 2.3 minutes. We had the typical "try to quietly steal the bad guy's car keys when he's sleeping then make a little noise and the bad guy tosses and turns a bit but doesnt wake up then you finally get the car keys but he eventually wakes up anyway to chase you" scene. You know that scene? Well it happened two seperate times in this movie! Neither scene was suspenseful, and I'm suprised anyone else felt this movie was suspenseful at all when you can predict what's going to happen next in every scene.
LeeLee Sobieski shows potential as an actress, and wasn't too bad here considering the material, but she seemed very bored with the part. If got to a point where ya just want to enter the movie yourself and explain to her how to call the police, or take your clueless Nintendo playing brother and run as far away from this glass house as possible. But then the movie only would've lasted 15 minutes right?
Good. I know I'm not supposed to say anything bad about the other reviewers, but I just can't understand how anyone would think this movie was good, suspensful, or scary in the least. What the heck is wrong with you people.
2 stars because the movie looked nice.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Transparent Stone Throwing January 7, 2002
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My three-star rating is, I think, a tad generous, but it seemed more fair than two, because this movie does have some real suspense. It seems that every young actress that starts out innocent these days must soon get corrupted (or fade into oblivion). Wasn't Leelee Sobieski so lovably sweet and innocent in DEEP IMPACT? Then her innocence acquired a put-upon edge in NEVER BEEN KISSED. Still good and likeable. But after that came the seemingly obligatory squandering of innocence. For Leelee that lurid rite of passage was exceptioally harsh and gratuitous, in a bit part disjunct from the rest of the movie in EYES WIDE SHUT. Ever since then her characters seem to have an inexorable element of sniveling brat, too potent to be completely eclipsed by heavy plot elements making her a put-upon character, whether playing a terminally ill girl in HERE ON EARTH or playing a victim of a plot most sinister in the present movie. The movie title is a double entendre; Glass is both a prominent material in the title house's construction and the name of it's residents. Mr. Glass is played by Soren Starsgaard, who, if not in danger of becoming typecast already, certainly is after this movie. He's a relative of Leelee's character and becoms her guardian after her parents die in a car crash. At first at least, Mr Glass seems a put-upon character. Early on we see him being beaten up by obviously unsavory characters, loan sharks as it turns out. How then do we want to see the movie develop from this point? Well, for me, not exactly as it in fact does develop. There may be overkill in some characterizations. And what looks like the developing plot tensions may end up so eclipsed and overwhelmed as to be forgotten. That's not exactly what I wanted. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing, intense psychological thriller August 24, 2003
After an impressive number of supporting movie roles, the lovely Leelee Sobieski takes center stage in this impressive psychological thriller, delivering a performance I found both wonderful and, most importantly, believable. While the plot may not be all that original and unpredictable, I found The Glass House to be an absorbing, suspenseful movie that never relented in its building psychological intensity. Anyone who sets out to hurt a character played by Leelee gets my full attention and disdain, but the evil husband and wife responsible for all the villainy espoused in this film do an excellent job of deserving all the disgust I felt for them.
While Miss Sobieski looks a tad older than the sweet sixteen age of her character Ruby Baker, her natural sweetness and vulnerability make her quite convincing as a normal young teenager whose life is thrown into chaos when her parents are killed in an automobile accident. Ruby and her eleven-year-old brother Rhett (Trevor Morgan) go to live with Terry and Erin Glass (played quite impressively by Stellan Skarsgard and Diane Lane), their former neighbors and designated custodians. Their new home is an impressive, unique structure with many glass walls and an ultra-modern interior design. Rhett settles in quite well, but Ruby is uncomfortable from the start. Early on, she realizes that the Glasses are not the perfect couple they purport to be. At first, she attempts to rationalize her problems, ascribing her difficulty adjusting to her new life as a natural reaction to her grief over the loss of her parents and the social dislocation she feels upon moving to a new city and attending a new school. Little things continue to happen, however, and she soon finds herself seeking help from her parents' estate lawyer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite movies of all tim
one of my favourite movies of all tim. Can watch it over and over again , so much to see.
Published 2 days ago by Ladyjane
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 13 days ago by betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 2 months ago by judy dillon-cantu
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it
This was good
Published 2 months ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Great movie! It was very suspenseful and scary. I thought of it as a horror film rather than a thriller!!!
Published 3 months ago by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes A Great First Impression (Even More So If You Are A Teen!)
I initially watched "The Glass House" when it first came out on DVD and remembered it being a solid thriller. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zachary Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie!!!
I loved this movie when it first came out and haven't saw it in years I had too get it full of action all the way through really amazing movie be blessed!!!
Published 7 months ago by GODCHILD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good'ol Classic
I decided to rent the glass house out of boredom on a rainy Sunday. I remember watching this when I was much younger and figured it would be fun seeing it again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Oooo.
GOOD: Oh my, it's Leelee Sobieski as a teen big-titted tramp who is a bad girl at school and at home. Why won't she just follow the rules? Read more
Published 8 months ago by spacey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Suspense Thriller
I found this movie to be a bit slow at the beginning, but it definitely increased in suspense by the movie's end.
Published 8 months ago by Troy L Hudson
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