The Clearing

Character: Eileen Hayes

Directed by: Pieter Jan Brugge

Written by: Pieter Jan Brugge, Justin Haythe

Produced by: Pieter Jan Brugge, Jonah Smith, Palmer West

Cast Members: Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, Alessandro Nivola, Matt Craven

Released date: July 2, 2004

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Wayne Hayes and his wife, Eileen,seem to have it all. Over the years, they've built a prosperous business together while raising their two children, Tim and Jill. But the family's dream life becomes nightmarish when disgruntled employee Arnold Mack kidnaps Wayne and holds him for ransom. The FBI invades their home and scrutinizes every detail of their life -- and ultimately, it is left to Eileen to deliver the ransom and rescue her husband.


→ You only really know what you have when you’re about to lose it.
→ One Kidnapping… Three Victims.


» When Eileen returns home from the FBI and checks the mail, two identical looking business letters are visible that both have “Pittsburgh, PA” spelled without h in the recipient address. On the first letter the same mistake can also be seen in the sender address.
» During Wayne and Eileen’s breakfast by the pool, while Wayne is trying to teach the dog to jump in the pool, the orange juice level in her glass changes between shots.

Script developed by Never Enough Design