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Revolutionary Road Ending: Was April Trying to Commit Suicide?

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In 2008, Sam Mendes directed Revolutionary Road, a love drama about love. Justin Haythe, who adapted the screenplay from Richard Yates’ 1961 novel, wrote it. The cast includes Kathryn Hahn and David Harbour, as well as Michael Shannon and Kathy Bates.

Winslet and DiCaprio play Frank and April Wheeler in 1950s Hollywood. They are dealing with personal issues and the eventual breakdown of their marriage.


John Bates, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Titanic. This is their second film together, Revolutionary Road.

The film adaptation was developed in 1961. The lack of commercial potential and conflicts surrounding the screenplay meant that the project was put on hold in the 2000s.


Haythe wrote the screenplay after BBC Films purchased the rights to the novel. After Winslet had read the script, Frank DiCaprio was cast to play Frank. Mendes, her then-husband, directed the film.

Principal photography was started in 2007 on location in Darien (Connecticut). Thomas Newman was working on the soundtrack for the fourth time with Sam Mendes.



  • Frank Wheeler, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Kate Winslet plays April Wheeler.
  • Michael Shannon portrays John Givings, Jr., an historical character.
  • Milly Campbell (Kathryn Hahn).
  • David Harbour plays Shep Campbell.
  • Helen Givings (Kathy Bates), in the role
  • Ty Simpkins shines in the role of Michael Wheeler.
  • Richard Easton plays Howard Givings.
  • Ryan Simpkins portrays Jennifer Wheeler (Ryan Simpkins).
  • Jack Ordway (Dylan Baker).
  • Zoe Kazan plays Maureen Grube.
  • Max Casella and Ed Small.
  • Bart Pollock (Jay O. Sanders), in the role

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The End of Revolutionary Road – Explanation



April is soon to join Shep Campbell and drive a car. She does not regret the decision, even though she rejected Shep’s promise of love. We now see Frank regain his composure, admitting to April that He had cheated on April, but vows to stay devoted to her.

We can sympathise fully with April, even though she says she has no feelings for Frank. April decides to have an abortion at home, while Frank is at work. This causes a terrible accident. The tragically misguided procedure causes her to start bleeding profusely.

April calls an ambulance to get her admitted at the hospital. Frank arrives at the hospital after his wife has died. He is overcome by sadness and decides to sell computers in the city. Frank spends his spare time taking care of his two children. Braces purchase their home and then move in.

Milly tells Milly about the former owners. Shep is in tears and asks for an end to any mention of the Wheelers. Helen is already talking about how the Wheelers are not a good fit for the house and that Braces are better.


Plot Summary of Revolutionary Road


Frank, however, hates his job and finds it tedious. Frank convinced a young assistant that he should drink with him to celebrate his 30th birthday. The two had sex.

Helen invites April to John’s Asylum visit. She believes that a younger couple will be able to better understand John and help him heal.


April is clearly upset by the circumstances in which Frank and her family find themselves in. She offers her husband to leave the current situation and move to Paris to start anew.

Frank initially believed his wife was crazy for even discussing it. But he eventually changed his mind and agreed to it. Frank begins to reconsider the situation after April becomes pregnant. He accepts his promotion, and he continues with his normal life.

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