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Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 20 March 2009 (USA)
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M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

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Allison
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Miss Taylor (2009)
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Principal Clark (1959)
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Storyline

In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,604,751, 22 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,957,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,593,586
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Trivia

At the ceremony to open the time capsule, the children first sing a song named "This Little Light of Mine" written by school teacher Harry Dixon Loes around 1920. The lyrics refer to "letting light shine" - a bit of foreshadowing of what is yet to come. See more »

Goofs

The main character is supposed to be an astrophysicist. He says that Earth-like planets will only be found around Earth-like stars, which is not the current belief. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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Connections

Featured in Knowing All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A Major, Op 92 (1811-12) 2nd Movement: Allegretto
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Sydney Scoring Orchestra
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This is one excellent. Imaginative movie. Which could happen
27 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have read a lot of totally negative views about this film, and so I can only say that some people simply have no imagination.

"Knowing" works at every level. It is a brilliantly executed film. And the final is breathtaking.

I watched this film with my wife and we are not easily pleased movie watchers.

I find myself being critical of the negative reviews, because I am astounded at their lack of imagination.

Without imagination, we would never have had The Time Machine thanks to Herbert George Wells. This is just one example.

Another is Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters". Imagination is the key word here, and so many reviewers did not have any whatsoever.

Knowing kept my wife and I on the edge of our seats, it was clever, it was imaginative, it was first class.


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