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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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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)
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Rebecca Matheson
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Vick Brenner
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Kutija  »

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$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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The main characters, Norma Lewis and Arthur Lewis, were based on director Richard Kelly's parents. His mother also suffered a crippled foot after an X-Ray mishap; his father worked for NASA and co-designed the camera used on the Viking Mars Landers (as in the movie). See more »

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When Norma's watching television early in the film, a commercial comes on advertising the debut of the sitcom "What's Happening!!" The date was earlier established as December 16, 1976, when Arthur attends the Viking seminar. "What's Happening!!" actually premiered on August 5, 1976. See more »

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Norma Lewis: I saw that pain on your face and I just - I understood it. I felt an overwhelming felling of love for you, because I knew that I would never again feel sorry for myself ever again.
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Referenced in Robot Chicken: The Curious Case of the Box (2011) See more »

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The Call
Written by Blair Bielawski
Performed by Blair Bielawski
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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I liked it.....
22 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

After I heard how terrible this film was, I really wasn't expecting much. I almost didn't even rent it, but I am glad I did. I love Donnie Darko and I think with The Box, Kelly has gone back to the Darko style of writing and directing. I am not sure why it received so many bad reviews, maybe because like Donnie Darko it was too cerebral for the mainstream. It's not a movie you can do three things and watch, you have to pay attention to the little details. I do feel there are missing pieces that weren't explained, but that could be the way the film was edited and may come out later in a directors cut edition, or it could be Kelly's way of keeping the audience guessing. I can see how this movie wouldn't appeal to the masses, especially since it is a cautionary tale of morals and ethics, but if you liked Donnie Darko, you will probably enjoy The Box. I can see this having a cult following like Donnie Darko.

Also I am not a Cameron Diaz fan, but I think she did a great job. I had heard awful things about her performance in this, but in my opinion this was one of her better roles.


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