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Powder (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Mystery  |  27 October 1995 (USA)
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A young bald albino boy with unique powers shakes up the rural community he lives in.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradford Tatum ...
John Box
Lindsey Kelloway
Reed Frerichs ...
Joe Marchman ...
Greg Reed (as Phillip Maurice Hayes)
Danette McMahon ...
Emma Barnum


When sheriff Barnum investigates the death of an elderly rural resident, he discovers a teenage grandson living in the basement. Raised by his grandparents, he has experienced the world only through books, never leaving the family farm. He is sent to a state home for boys where he has trouble fitting in socially. His odd appearance and unusual abilities cause the small town residents to fear and ridicule him. However, not all are afraid. Some begin to view his potential and gifts with wonderment. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

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An extraordinary encounter with another human being! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for intense, sometimes frightening elements of theme, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Пудра  »

Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)


$30,862,146 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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During the hospital scene where Ripley confronts the Sheriff about the classroom incident, we hear a voice on the intercom paging "Dr. Tarantini", "Dr. McGreal", "Dr. Cain" and "Dr. Grodnik". Tom Tarantini and Sean Cain are both actors in the film, Mimi N. McGreal is a production assistant, and Daniel Grodnik is the film's producer. See more »


When Powder gets his first kiss with Lindsey, you see her standing when her father is coming towards them, but then in the next shot she's still sitting and just about to get up. See more »


Sheriff Doug Barnum: We've got something out here nobody's gonna believe.
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Written by Andrew J. Hall
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A deeply moving story, thought provoking, and unforgettable.
7 November 2004 | by ((North Orchards) Vancouver, WA) – See all my reviews

It is rare that I see a movie as unforgettable and unpredictable as Powder. I am not a man who is easily impressed with special affects, but in this movie the affects always served a purpose instead of covering up the fact that there was no purpose. In an age where movies have become multiple scenes of graphic violence and corny excuses for stories, Powder is refreshing, filled with the meaning of humanity, and moved me to tears throughout the entire film. With most films, I am able to predict exactly what will happen and when. With Powder I could never quite tell what was going to happen next, and the ending was something I would have never imagined would happen and could only be described as extraordinary. There are so many elements to this movie: The paranormal; the challenge to everything we think we know about science and the capabilities of the human mind; the human capacity for cruelty; love and forgiveness; and the hope that our own humanity will one day advance beyond our own technology. Most of all, the raw emotion of this great masterpiece reaches deep into the heart and leaves an impression that stays with you. This is one of those rare movies that you will never forget, a true classic that illustrates truths about humanity that have existed since the beginning of time.

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