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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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Lindsey Kelloway
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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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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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There was a great deal of consternation among many of the cast and crew when it came to light halfway through production that director Victor Salva had been convicted for child molestation several years earlier. The main cause of concern was that many of the production members had brought their family to the set. See more »


After the deer is shot by the hunter, within seconds of dying the animals legs appear stiff and suspended in mid-air. Rigamortis does not set in this quickly. The deers limbs should have remained limp. See more »


Deputy Harley Duncan: I'm just saying that that's more than albino, Doug. That is spooky.
Sheriff Doug Barnum: I never thought we'd find a man too white for you there Harley.
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References The Nature of the Beast (1995) See more »


Written by Andrew J. Hall
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Simple story, but a powerful emotive film
27 August 2002 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

If someone explained the plot of Powder to me, I would assume it was some sappy, simple, over emotional clap trap, from someone like Spielberg. Yet when I actually saw the film, I found it to be deep, intelligent and very moving.

There are some things wrong with the film, a number of the characters are stereotypes and some parts of the plot are a little unexpected. If you ignore these simple problems, the quality of the direction and acting shine through, to provide an excellent film.

I very rarely say this, but I think, Sean Patrick Flanery's performance is one the most remarkable I have ever seen. Tender and awkward, without looking false.

Overall an excellent film, but maybe for the more mature viewer.

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