DVD - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. Then, in a moment, everything changes. A train caboose runs off its tracks and crashes into John's backyard and destroys more than the weathered planks of his wood fence. When neighbors descend on the scene, they discover John's other personality, Emma, for the first time and mistakenly believe her to be John's wife. John is launched into the spotlight and eventually it shatters his sanity.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, 2010
Branch Call Number: DVD Peacock
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

May 10, 2018

This is for sure a very wired, intriguing story that keep my attention until the end. Even, the title is wired fro a title of movie until i discovered that Peacock is the name of a small town in Nebraska. This movie had a lot of potential with the issue of tragic abuse childhood and development of mental illness. Until the end, i was wondered how the young man in the story will solve his problem of double identity. I just wish that the end will be better. instead it let us handing there with nothing. Excellent acting performances and great story. It is worthwhile to watch. Highly recommended.

Apr 20, 2018

I Agree with Jazeebelle's comments and would also like to comment that family abuse is passed from generation to generation. Unfortunately too many child-abusers were themselves abused as children and don't realize they are acting out the exact abuse that happened to them. Fortunately today we understand more of this abuse cycle and caring therapists can help clients unravel and halt ongoing cycles of abuse. However, the abuse suffered as a child, particularly at the hands of their mother, permanently damages the soul.

Oct 30, 2015

It was more of a psychological/mental illness train-wreck and less about gender and society than I thought it would be.
Amazing acting by Cillian Murphy, but the ending of the story was like "wait, that's all?" I expected more backstory or more of a conclusion or something...

madison382 Jun 21, 2015

This movie was okay, but I wanted it to end differently, obviously the main character had a mental illness, but it was not addressed by anyone in the movie.

Apr 25, 2015

Soooo. What's to say about this 21st Century echo of Bates Motel? Lessseee. Wasn't that interesting!

nycounsel Apr 16, 2015

A weird little movie, Cillian Murphy is surprisingly convincing as a man who dresses as a woman. This movie has a strong cast, and had a lot of potential, but missed the mark. Felt like the character played by Bill Pullman played a larger role, but maybe was left on the cutting room floor? It might have helped if there were more flashback scenes to what the movie hinted went on during the main character's childhood. Reluctantly recommend.

Jul 19, 2014

This movie puts a knot in the pit of your stomach, a lump in your throat, and a tightening in your chest far more than most horror movies do. (And i wouldn't classify it as horror as many do) It's Psycho meets Sybil. And not in a bad or tongue in cheek way. It takes a look at one of mental health's commonly misunderstood issues; Dissociaive Personality Disorder. Cillian Murphy is AMAZING as the lead. Not for everyone but I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for an intelligent yet painful story.

JillianML Dec 16, 2012


Oct 21, 2012

I was drawn by the title...I collect Peacocks -- not the birds, items of / with peacocks :) I was also drawn by the fact that Peacock was the name of the town in Nebraska! The movie was interesting...a little reminiscent of Sybil. I felt so sorry for the young man and what he went through.

Nov 07, 2011

Decent. Cillian Murphy is pure talent and gives the kind of creepy performance that only he can. Only complaint is the film could have had a lot more suspense than it actually delivers.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top