The Woman in the Window (2021 film)
The Woman in the Window is a 2021 American psychological thriller film directed by Joe Wright and based on the 2018 novel of the same name by pseudonymous author A. J. Finn, with a screenplay by Tracy Letts. The story revolves around an agoraphobic woman (Amy Adams) who begins spying on her new neighbors (Gary Oldman, Fred Hechinger, and Julianne Moore) and witnesses a crime in their apartment. In addition to Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the film stars Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
The film was originally scheduled to be released theatrically by 20th Century Fox in October 2019 but was delayed to May 2020 due to re-editing after poor test screenings. Produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, the last film released under the label, the film was originally scheduled to be released theatrically by 20th Century Fox in October 2019, but was delayed to May 2020 due to re-editing after poor test screenings. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the theatrical release was canceled, and the film’s rights were sold to Netflix, which released it on May 14, 2021. Critics gave the picture mixed to unfavorable reviews upon its initial release, with the majority of the criticism directed towards Wright’s direction and writing, however, the performers garnered some appreciation.
The Woman in the Window Film Release Date
The Woman in the Window was supposed to be released in theaters on October 4, 2019, by 20th Century Fox, but it was postponed on July 9, 2019, due to Fox’s new owner Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures re-editing the picture following test screenings, and a new release date of May 15, 2020, was determined. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was pulled off the release schedule on March 17, 2020, with plans to reschedule it later in the year, but those plans were eventually scrapped.
Netflix stated on August 3, 2020, that it was in final talks with 20th Century Studios to acquire the film’s distribution rights, which it did release on its streaming service on May 14, 2021. It was the final picture released under the Fox 2000 label, which was withdrawn following the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.
The Woman in the Window Film Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Anna Fox, a child psychologist, lives alone on West 121st Street in Manhattan after divorcing her husband Edward; he lives with their daughter Olivia, but she communicates with them on a daily basis. Anna suffers from agoraphobia, and her housebound position causes her to peer out a second-story window at all of her neighbors, especially the Russell family who recently moved in across the street. She also takes a lot of drugs and drinks a lot of alcohol on a daily basis.
Jane Russell pays Anna a visit one evening, and the two become friends. She also meets Ethan, Jane’s adolescent son, who claims Alistair, Jane’s father, is abusive. Anna sees Jane being stabbed to death in the living room one night. When she calls the cops, they refuse to believe her, insisting that everyone in the family is fine. Alistair enters, accompanied by “Jane,” who, much to Anna’s surprise, is not the same woman she met earlier. She starts snooping on the Russells.
Anna’s basement tenant, David, maintains he didn’t hear or see anything, despite Anna learning that David was previously incarcerated and had violated his parole requirements. An anonymous e-mail containing a photo of her asleep is sent to her. She phones the detectives again, who arrive at Anna’s house with the Russells and David, and Anna sobs when a detective informs her that Edward and Olivia are dead as a result of a vehicle accident that Anna instigated. As a result, Anna has developed agoraphobia, and her medicine has caused her to experience hallucinations and conversations with people who aren’t present.
Anna apologizes to the Russells and abandons her investigation. She uses her phone to record a video of herself intending to commit suicide by overdosing. She then comes upon a snapshot she took of her cat and sees the original Jane in the reflection of a wine glass, showing she is genuine. When Anna shows David the photo, he admits that the first Jane she met is Ethan’s biological mother, Katie Melli. Katie had been following the Russells in the hopes of getting close to Ethan. Ethan, who had been hiding inside the house, attacks and kills David after he refuses to help Anna establish the truth.
Ethan confesses to Anna that he murdered Katie and is a serial killer who has previously murdered Alistair’s secretary in Boston and now plans to murder Anna. He had been breaking into her house with a stolen key for the past week, and he was the one who shot the photo of her sleeping. Anna rushes to the roof with Ethan, where they fight until Anna pushes him through the skylight, killing him.
While Anna is recovering in the hospital, Detective Little pays her a visit and informs her that Alistair and Jane have been arrested for assisting Ethan in the cover-up of Katie’s murder and that they have located Katie’s body. Little admits to watching Anna’s suicide video but gives her her phone back so she can delete it before returning it as evidence. He expresses regret for not believing her.
Anna, now clean and healthy, bids her house farewell before moving out and moving on with her life, no longer fearful of the outside world.
The Woman in the Window Film Cast
- Amy Adams as Dr. Anna Fox
- Gary Oldman as Alistair Russell
- Anthony Mackie as Edward Fox
- Fred Hechinger as Ethan Russell
- Wyatt Russell as David Winter
- Brian Tyree Henry as Det. Little
- Julianne Moore as Katherine Melli
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Jane Russell
- Jeanine Serralles as Det. Norelli
- Tracy Letts as Dr. Karl Landy, Anna’s psychiatrist
- Mariah Bozeman as Olivia Fox
The Woman in the Window Film Wiki
- Directed by Joe Wright
Screenplay by Tracy Letts
Based on The Woman in the Window
by A. J. Finn
Brian Tyree Henry
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel
Edited by Valerio Bonelli
Music by Danny Elfman
20th Century Studios
Fox 2000 Pictures
Scott Rudin Productions
Distributed by Netflix
- Release date
May 14, 2021 (United States)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Budget $40 million