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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »
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Dennis Hearn ...
Minister
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Homeless Man
Julian Tepper ...
Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds ...
Schoolboy
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Walt the Locksmith (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)
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Hazelle Black
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Storyline

A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by Koro

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Extremely Sweet & Incredibly Heartwarming


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Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,775, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,847,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,247,881
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Trivia

Viola Davis appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Davis starred in both this movie and The Help (2011). See more »

Goofs

Oskar wakes to the sound of an analog alarm clock. The time on the clock says 6:00, but the little hand that indicates the alarm time says 7:00 (at around 5 mins). See more »

Quotes

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Oskar Schell: There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day, there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore. So, what about skyscrapers for dead people, that are built down. They could be underneath the skyscrapers for living people, that are built up. We could bury people 100 floors down. And a whole dead world could be underneath the living one.
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Connections

Spoofed in Mad: iChronicle/Hulk Smash (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Cleo's Back
Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
Performed by Little Freddie King
Courtesy of Orleans Records
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What a peculiar movie... I feel ambivalent
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Although the main character is a young boy, it is not a children movie, and cannot be recommended to all families either... This boy has teenage emotions and adult attitudes, and most of his deeds or conceptions cannot be considered as examples for "normal" families. And how to distinct stubbornness from persistence? The plot - having a tragic/sad background - is rather uneven and some unrealistic moments (e.g. mother's assistance in searching), with trivial pre-ending and expected ending. However, the movie contains 2 excellent (Thomas Horn and Max von Sydow) and at least 4 great performances (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Viola Davis). Thanks to them, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is pleasant to watch, but I am unable to explain why I had a kind of internal discontent when the credits appeared... Perhaps too vast scrutinizing with general human topics? Still, this movie is for you if you search something different.


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