GenreThriller Running time1h 42m Story byStephen King LanguageEnglish
Release dateOctober 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) Based onA Good Marriage
by Stephen King WriterStephen King (short story) CastJoan Allen (Darcy), Anthony LaPaglia (Bob), Stephen Lang (Holt Ramsey), Cara Buono (Betty Pike), Kristen Connolly (Petra Anderson), Mike O'Malley (Bill Gaines) Similar moviesMindhunters, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Highwaymen, Found, Tightrope, Madman
TaglineTwo Can Keep A Secret... If One Of Them Is Dead.
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A Good Marriage is a 2014 American psychological thriller film based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King, from the 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. It stars Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. It was released on October 3, 2014.
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After 25 happy years of marriage, Darcy (Joan Allen) discovers her husband's sinister secret and must take drastic measures to keep it from being exposed in order to protect her grown children.
Joan Allen as Darcy Anderson
Anthony LaPaglia as Bob Anderson
Kristen Connolly as Petra Anderson
Stephen Lang as Holt Ramsay
Cara Buono as Betty Pike
Mike O'Malley as Bill Gaines
Theo Stockman as Donnie Anderson
On May 19, 2012, ScreenDaily reported that Will Battersby and Peter Askin were producing an adaptation of A Good Marriage; Askin was announced as directing Stephen King's screenplay of his own novella. On September 11, 2012, Joan Allen was announced as the lead in the film.
The film was released in the United States on October 3, 2014.
The film, when announced, caused controversy when King said that he took influence from serial killer Dennis Rader. Kerri Rawson, Rader's daughter, said that King was exploiting her father's victims by taking inspiration from his life.
Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 35% of 20 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 4.8/10. Metacritic rated it 43/100 based on eight reviews. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a decidedly minor" adaptation that "fails to fulfill the potential of its provocative premise". Andy Webster of The New York Times called it a "low-key, assured thriller" with a strong performance from Allen. Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times called it "a wry, old-fashioned game of cat and mouse" with good acting. Pete Vonder Haar of The Village Voice wrote that it is a serviceable, nondescript thriller that was a surprising choice to adapt to film. Rod Pocowatchit of The Wichita Eagle rejected concerns of exploitation, but said that the film comes across as a low-budget made-for-TV film. Kiva Reardon of The A.V. Club rated it D+ and wrote, "By its conclusion, A Good Marriage doesn’t give a definitive answer to its titular topic, but it does make clear what makes a bad movie." Chuck Bowen of Slant Magazine rated it 2/4 stars and wrote, "The film is watchable in a plodding one-thing-after-another sort of way, but it could have used far more of King's mordant humor". Patrick Cooper of Bloody Disgusting rated it 1/5 stars and called it the worst King adaptation yet due its lack of thrills. Staci Layne Wilson of Dread Central rated it 3/5 stars and questioned the choice of source material. Wilson said that the actors are good, but they have no chemistry, which makes the film stale.