Watch the trailer for Revolutionary Road

Sam Mendes

First optioned for film in 1967, Richard Yates’s classic novel Revolutionary Road has had a long run-up to the screen. Published almost contemporary to its action in 1961 and yet starkly modern in thought, the story concerns a husband and wife in suburban Connecticut circa 1955, she deeply discontent with the social prerogatives of the period, he more and more immersed in them.