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The Box (2009)

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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

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(screenplay), (short story "Button, Button")
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Dick Burns
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Lana Burns
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Clymene Steward
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Rhonda Martin
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Martin Teague (as Mark Cartier)
Kevin Robertson ...
Wendell Matheson
Michele Durrett ...
Rebecca Matheson
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Vick Brenner
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Charles
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Storyline

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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All you have to do is push the button. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kutija  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,571,417, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,045,676, 3 January 2010
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Trivia

The Box (2009) marked the first PG-13 film to be directed by Richard Kelly. See more »

Goofs

After Norma's Father runs Arlington's license plate number, he refers to the vehicle as a "Town Car". It's actually a Buick Electra. See more »

Quotes

Openning Title Card: LANGLEY AFB, VA-CLASSIFIED
Openning Title Card: INTERNAL MEMORANDUM TO: MARTIN TEAGUE - NSA DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Openning Title Card: Resuscitation of patient ARLINGTON JAMES STEWARD confirmed by hospital personnel. Patient was released from burn unit on the morning of July 24th to undisclosed location.
Openning Title Card: Patient has constructed a device of unknown purpose. Design specification confirmed by Mars project. Patient is delivering the device to private residences.
Openning Title Card: More information forthcoming.
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Connections

Spoofed in Tosh.0: Crying Giants Fan (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Mustang Sally
Written by Mack Rice
Performed by Wilson Pickett
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A severely underrated movie
3 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved this movie. I can see why many people were turned off, especially if you go into it thinking you know how the movie will go. It was a pleasant surprise, and this movie kept me interested until the end. The plot was something new and fresh, and it unfolded at an excellent pace that mixed in drama and emotions. I actually felt for the characters, and I love the mystery and intrigue with the movie. Me and a friend saw this in theaters and were surprised as to how good it was.

I feel this movie is under-appreciated. It has great acting, great sets, excellent cinematography, and what I thought was an interesting plot. If you are a fan of Donnie Darko, The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, etc., you will really like this. Don't listen to the bad reviews and give it a shot with an open mind. If anything, you will at least be kept guessing until the end.


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