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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn ... Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock ... Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell ... Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn Dennis Hearn ... Minister
Paul Klementowicz ... Homeless Man
Julian Tepper Julian Tepper ... Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds Caleb Reynolds ... Schoolboy
John Goodman ... Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow ... The Renter
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce ... Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)
Viola Davis ... Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright ... William Black
Hazelle Goodman ... Hazelle Black
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Storyline

A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by Koro

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Extremely Sweet & Incredibly Heartwarming


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,348, 25 December 2011

Gross USA:

$31,847,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,247,881
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin worked on this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel for five years. See more »

Goofs

Oskar wakes to the sound of an analog alarm clock. The time on the clock says 6:00, but the little hand that indicates the alarm time says 7:00 (at around 5 mins). See more »

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[first lines]
Oskar Schell: There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day, there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore. So, what about skyscrapers for dead people, that are built down. They could be underneath the skyscrapers for living people, that are built up. We could bury people 100 floors down. And a whole dead world could be underneath the living one.
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Cleo's Back
Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
Performed by Little Freddie King
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This movie will stay with me for the rest of my days.
17 February 2012 | by greg-1260See all my reviews

At thirty minutes in I was wondering who would be the first to leave the small audience in the cinema. By the end of this movie I, and the few others, simply sat with our metaphorical mouths agape at the impact of what we had just seen. A slow, meandering, and with hindsight, entirely necessary beginning gives way to a riveting and gripping story. A story which you would expect to bring you to tears (and it will for some) but is ultimately about triumph. It may appear to be a story about 9/11 and such was the enormity of that event that it would be easy to suggest that this is just an excellently acted and well-crafted story about that day. That would be to undersell this movie. 9/11 is just the vehicle which carries the message of how our everyday, minor irritations with other people and our general lives are simply unimportant in comparison to the reality that most people are just trying to do their best in our jobs, our marriages and in our relationships. We are imperfect and the enormity of 9/11 hammered that home. These couple of hours repeats the exercise. But this movie does more than use the day's story in such a simplistic way. Rather, it weaves the tragedy into the story of lives that are already living with sadness and it allows those participants to view their personal tragedies in the context of the much bigger one. To use the "device" of a compulsive child (what a performance!)forces us voyeurs to focus more clearly on the everyday minutiae which both he and we come to see as insignificant. A wonderful experience...this movie will stay with me for the rest of my days.


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