Originally screened nation-wide in April of 2005 after premiering at the Mann National Theatre, opened to universal acclaimーcommended for its unique color processing, it took in well over million during its first weekend.Although ticket sales began to decline in the later weeks, it managed to gross over 8 million by the end of its theatrical runー million which came from North America.The second highest-earning movie at the Sundance Film Festival during its premiere, it eventually went on to earn more than million worldwide.Critically acclaimed, the crime drama received countless positive reviewsーmost of which lauded it for its brilliant script, directing and acting.In the fall of 2001, the actor took part in Todd Field’s crime drama film, alongside Tom Wilkinson, Marisa Tomei, and Sissy Spacek.Based on a short story by author Andre Dubus, it revolved around a recent college graduate named Frank who starts a relationship with an older woman with two small children.After a few commercial gigs, the young aspiring actor made his small screen debut in the television film, after being cast as one of its main leads.Not only did the movie help to kickstart his career, but it also garnered Stahl a Young Artist Award nomination.
Upon its release, it was generally met with mixed reviews; while many viewers praised it for its spectacular directing and heart-warming story, others were less enthusiastic about its deviations from the original novel.
From there, it wasn’t long until he landed a few commercial gigsーthus appearing on television for the first time.
At the age of twelve, Stahl made his official acting debut in the TV film, revolved around a young man named Chuck who wants to leave home for boarding school but is unable to due to his grades; he eventually befriends a reclusive painter from his neighbourhood whom he later finds out is a former teacher.
As the two continue to get to know each other better throughout the course of the movie, they are eventually dismayed to find out that her ex-husband is going to violent lengths in order to get back at her.
Released in a handful of theatres on November 25, 2001, grossed over ,000 across four screens.