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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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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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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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[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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User Reviews

To The Point
7 October 2012 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close film will stay with me until the last of my days. Phenomenal, poetic, extraordinary. All performances are beyond excellent, perfectly chosen. I cannot recommend this film enough, words are boundless when talking about this particular film. I am very picky, not a critic but very picky and have tastes in films you could never dream up. If you dislike this film, shame on you, you clearly have no taste or lack it because you're obsessed with mainstream qualities. I am a blunt and to the point kind of gal, so don't be so personal. I am tired of crappy films and when I finally watch a grand one, I will boast like no other. There is something in this film for everyone, everyone. You will cry, if not, you should, it's good for you.

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