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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.



(screenplay), (novel)
3,708 ( 445)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hearn ...
Homeless Man
Julian Tepper ...
Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds ...
Walt the Locksmith (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)
Hazelle Black


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


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,775, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second film related to the September 11 terrorist attacks to be nominated for an Oscar. The first was United 93 (2006). Both films were nominated for two Academy Awards and neither film won one. World Trade Center (2006) was not Oscar nominated, neither were September 11 (2002) or the more loosely related 25th Hour (2002). See more »


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 »


[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 Midnight Screenings: The Book of Henry (2017) See more »


If You Know The Lord Is Keeping You
Written by Charles Taylor
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This movie will stay with me for the rest of my days.
17 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

At thirty minutes in I was wondering who would be the first to leave the small audience in the cinema. By the end of this movie I, and the few others, simply sat with our metaphorical mouths agape at the impact of what we had just seen. A slow, meandering, and with hindsight, entirely necessary beginning gives way to a riveting and gripping story. A story which you would expect to bring you to tears (and it will for some) but is ultimately about triumph. It may appear to be a story about 9/11 and such was the enormity of that event that it would be easy to suggest that this is just an excellently acted and well-crafted story about that day. That would be to undersell this movie. 9/11 is just the vehicle which carries the message of how our everyday, minor irritations with other people and our general lives are simply unimportant in comparison to the reality that most people are just trying to do their best in our jobs, our marriages and in our relationships. We are imperfect and the enormity of 9/11 hammered that home. These couple of hours repeats the exercise. But this movie does more than use the day's story in such a simplistic way. Rather, it weaves the tragedy into the story of lives that are already living with sadness and it allows those participants to view their personal tragedies in the context of the much bigger one. To use the "device" of a compulsive child (what a performance!)forces us voyeurs to focus more clearly on the everyday minutiae which both he and we come to see as insignificant. A wonderful experience...this movie will stay with me for the rest of my days.

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