The Clearing

Pieter Jan Brugge Feature film - 2004 - 94 min.

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Wayne and Eileen Hayes live the American Dream. Together, they have raised two children and struggled to build a successful business from the ground up. When Wayne is kidnapped by an ordinary man and held for ransom in a remote forest, the couple's world is turned inside out. Eileen finds her home full of FBI agents, their life under scrutiny. While Wayne is engaged in the negotiation of his lifetime, Eileen works frantically with the FBI to secure his release. The terrifying ordeal causes Wayne and Eileen to reassess their marriage and come to a deeper sense of their commitment to each other.


Director(s) Pieter Jan Brugge
Script Justin Haythe
Producer(s) Jonah Smith
Palmer West
Production Company
Thousand Words
Executive Producer
Karen Tenkhoff
Director of Photography
Denis Lenoir
Production Design
Chris Gorak
Kevin Tent
Douglas Axtell
Sound on Set
Annabelle MacKenzie
Lon Bender
Production Country
USA, Germany