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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Mystery  |  20 January 2012 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hearn ...
Julian Tepper ...
Caleb Reynolds ...
Walt the Locksmith (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$110,775 (USA) (30 December 2011)


$31,836,745 (USA) (23 March 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin worked on this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel for five years. See more »


When Oskar and his mother are recounting the people Oskar visited, after they discuss Leigh-Anne Black, both clearly refer to "Lona Black" (at 01:49:58 and 01:50:02) as she is shown in flashbacks and the subtitles show both saying Lona Black as well, but the end credits (in order of appearance) list Mona Black after Leigh-Anne Black and do not list Lona Black. Since no one named Mona Black is mentioned in the film, it is an error in the end credits. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


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Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
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WOW - wasn't expecting such an exceptional young star!
9 December 2011 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of being invited to a screening today and was completely blown away by this movie! Forget the big name stars in this

  • except the extraordinary Viola Davis who is brilliant in whatever she

does. This movie totally hinges on young Thomas Horn, whose performance took my breath away. Yes, I teared up at several moments, but the movie does not stoop to the over-wrought sentimentality that a movie like "War Horse" does. Instead, it takes you on an incredible journey and this young actor so embodies the lead, every emotion, every challenge. I think it really honors 9/11 in the same way that "Reign on Me" did. I am thankful I took the time out in the middle of a work day to go to the screening. I hope this movie does well because it sure made my day. Now I really want to read the book!

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