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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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Walt the Locksmith (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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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)  »

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$31,836,745 (USA) (23 March 2012)
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The scenes, involving the swing set, were shot in a part of Central Park called Cherry Hill. There are no swing sets, or any playground equipment, in this section of the park. It was added for filming, and then removed. See more »

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31:26 The photograph of Abby Black is shown developed on the same day. Shops take atleast a day to develop a reel (considering that the Abby Black photo was the last one on the reel). See more »

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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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) See more »

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Cleo's Back
Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
Performed by Little Freddie King
Courtesy of Orleans Records
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Mixed Feelings About This Movie
26 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a difficult one to review. At times during the film, you are thinking it's terrible, other times, it's touching, at others, inspiring. There is so much tragedy here and so much that is hopeful. I will say this, when the movie closed and the lights came up, I just sat there, thinking about things I'd seen, things I still wondered about, scenes that were perfect and those that weren't, questions that were answered and those not quite enough. Over all, I'd say I'm glad I watched this one. I can't say it's one I'm going to want to buy. It was interesting that of the four of us who went together to see this picture, all had different parts that affected us the most. For many of us, bringing ourselves to watch anything that had to do with 9/11 is still too painful to really be excited about. It's still too freshly seared into our minds. Maybe always will be. This one, at least, didn't slam the viewer over the head with too many visual details….there were as many as had to be, to present the movie. I think this is one you should see if only to decide for yourself what feelings you are left with. Excellent casting by the way.


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