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The end credits take up fifteen minutes of the film's running time. See more »
Earlier in the film(prior to Susie's murder), Abigail is seen reading several paperback books (including Herman Hesse's "Steppenwolf" and "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care") that have bar codes on the back. Bar codes for products were not in use until 1974, one year after the murder occurs, and were not commonly used in most stores until the late 1970s. See more »
I remember being really small; too small to see over the edge of a table. There was a snow globe, and I remember the penguin who lived inside the globe. He was all alone in there, and I worried for him.
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Having not read the much lauded novel, I have no frame of reference about this filmic adaptation. The charges of style over substance I sort of understand, it sometimes dose feel like Peter Jackson showing off, but then again he is good at it and produces some stunning sequences here. As a story and how it is told becomes an emotional roller-coaster, a shattering tale of grief and anguish, of hope and peace, and judgement. All told by a cast on fire, giving intensity and sincerity at all the right junctures.
It's one of those films where you understand if someone detests it, it very much is a specialist film hoping to find someone to love it. It's too long at 2hr 15mins, but if it does grab you? It sure wont let go. 8/10
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