The Woodsman

Synopsis: After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, 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 warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nicole Kassell
Production: Newmarket Films
  7 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

I thought you were a dyke.

- Are you?

- What do you think?

You plan on drinking

both those beers?

I'm sorry.

- Is that a school?

- K through sixth.

Doesn't it get noisy?

I like the noise.

I used to think you were shy...

but now I think it's something else.


- Something happened to you.

- Yeah?

I'm not easily shocked.

I get that impression.

So, you gonna tell me your dark secret?

Why do you want to know?

Don't you think I should know

before we have sex?

I don't like to waste time.

So, you gonna tell me

your deep, dark secret?



So, you're not a dyke.

Not tonight.

Hey, that was intense.

You're still here.

I didn't say I didn't like it.

What are you doing?

This table's a heavy little bitch, man.

It's cherry.

This wood. It's cherry.

It's a nice table.

It's my own design. You're not gonna

find another one like it in the world.

- It was a beautiful gift.

- So, why are you giving it back to me?

Because, man, you need a table.

Carlos, I made this table for you

and Annette as a wedding present.

- I put a lot into it.

- I know, man.

I love the table too.

But I also love my wife.

Hey, you got a beer?

"I watch the kids arrive at school.

But for the last few weeks,

I've noticed someone else watching them.

I call him Candy. "

She's at the top

of her class at school.

How about your kids?

- They're good.

- Yeah?

- Mm-hmm.

- Yeah?

She's really doing great at school.

I don't see her much, but...

- I'd keep away from him.

- What?

The new guy.

I'd keep away from him

if I were you.

- Oh, yeah? Why's that?

- I think he's damaged goods...

real damaged.

- You know what I mean?

- Yeah, Mary-Kay, I think I do.

Thanks a bunch for the advice.

Suit yourself.

Close, but no ciggy.

Thanks, babe.

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Nicole Kassell

Nicole Kassell (born 1972) is an American film and television director. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. While a student there, she made three short films, including The Green Hour, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. A year earlier, she had won the Slamdance Screenplay Competition for her first feature-length project, The Woodsman, adapted from Steven Fechter's 1997 minimalist play she had seen staged at The Actors Studio in New York City. Her enthusiasm for it convinced Lee Daniels, one of the producers of Monster's Ball, to help her get funding for the film version. When he approached Kevin Bacon, the actor was so impressed by the script, about a convicted child molester forced to deal with social prejudice and the fear he will not be able to control his dark urges after he's released from prison, that he suggested he star in the movie opposite wife Kyra Sedgwick. The Woodsman competed at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, was featured in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and eventually was released to the public in 2004. Kassell's second feature film, A Little Bit of Heaven, a romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal, had its first release in February 2011 in the UK. Kassell has directed episodes of the series Cold Case and 3 lbs (both on CBS), The Closer (on TNT), The Killing (on AMC), Vinyl (on HBO) and The Americans (on FX). She has adapted Arthur Miller's play The Ride Down Mt. Morgan for the big screen. At present, the project is in pre-production with a cast that includes Diane Keaton, Emily Blunt and Michael Douglas, who is also serving as executive producer. She also is writing an adaptation of the book Bad Medicine for HBO. more…

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