Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) Poster


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Max von Sydow turned down the role of Hal in Beginners (2010) (eventually taken by Christopher Plummer, von Syndow's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) co-star) in favor of playing a mute in this film. Both actors were nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for their performances, and Plummer won.
Sandra Bullock (Linda Schell) was actually in New York City with her family, and witnessed the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, crashing into the World Trade Center's South Tower on September 11, 2001.
The Questionaire that Oscar gives The Renter have fifteen questions on them. They are: 1. What is your full name? 2. What is your nationality? 3. What is your occupation? 4. What did your father do for a living? 5. What did your mother do for a living? 6. Were you ever married? 7. Did you have children? 8. Where have you traveled in the world? 9. How did you learn of the apartment for rent? 10. Did you ever know my father, Thomas Schell? 11. When you did speak, what other languages did you know? 12. Were you ever a soldier in a war? 13. Did you ever kill anyone? 14. Do you have any friends? 15. Why did you stop talking?
At age 82, Max von Sydow was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for this film, becoming the second oldest man to be nominated for a male acting Oscar. von Sydow was aged 82 years and 289 days old, whereas the record holder was Hal Holbrook aged 82 years and 339 days old, and was nominated in the same category for Into the Wild (2007), beating him by just fifty days.
James Gandolfini filmed scenes as someone who meets Sandra Bullock's character at a grief counseling, but they were cut from the film due to a negative test audience reaction. His character was mostly likely Ron from the book.
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).
Director Stephen Daldry hoped the film would be completed for the fall of 2011 so that it coincided with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It wasn't.
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were voted number one and two respectively for the most trustworthy celebrities on the Reader's Digest poll in 2013.
Thomas Horn came to the attention of Stephen Daldry when, at the age of 12, he won 31,800 dollars on a "Kids Week" episode of the television series Jeopardy! (1984), that aired July 8, 2010 (a date Thomas mentions at 00:44 in the special feature "Finding Oskar" on the Blu-ray disc).
It is the second movie where Viola Davis is involved into a storyline regarding the September 11 attacks. The first is World Trade Center (2006).
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.
Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin worked on this adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel for five years.
First Academy Award nominated film of Stephen Daldry, where Daldry was not nominated. Daldry received Best Director Oscar nominations for Billy Elliot (2000), The Hours (2002), and The Reader (2008).
Shipped to some theaters under the name "The Locksmith".
Nico Muhly was originally slated to compose the score for the film, only to be replaced by Alexandre Desplat.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis; and one Oscar nominee: Max von Sydow.
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).
The original cinematographer was Harris Savides who had to withdraw days before shooting began due to an illness. Chris Menges replaced him.
Tom Hanks is named in Foer's book about the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)
Senta Berger turned down a role in the film.
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Music from this film was used for Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva's free skate during the 2016-17 season, in which she was undefeated.
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Jeffrey Wright and Viola Davis also appeared in Syriana (2005).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In an early draft of the script the Renter finally speaks at the end. Max von Sydow was opposed to it, since he felt the movie was about Oskar and it wasn't necessary to know whether or not the Renter recovers his speech. He was pleased that it wasn't in the completed film.
The climactic scene in which Thomas Horn meets Jeffrey Wright, and they discover the significance of the key, took four days to film.
When Sandra Bullocks character confesses to Thomas Horn that she knew about his search, Horn asked how. She explains to him that when he got all the phone books from Stan the doorman to do a school project on census, she knew it was a lie, because the census wasn't for another seven years. Thomas Horn previously appeared on "Kids Week", on the television game show Jeopardy! in 2010. The Final Jeopardy question was "The first of these was authorized in 1790 'providing for the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States'". To which the answer was census. Horn answered correctly which placed him in first with winnings of 31,000 dollars.

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