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City of Ember (2008)

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.

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Cast

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Chief Builder
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Barton Snode
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Mr. Boaz
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Seely Schnap
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Mrs. Sample
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Lorraine Hilton ...
Miss Thorn
B.J. Hogg ...
Mayor's Guard
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Clary
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Storyline

When mankind is about to come to an end, a group of scientists decide to create and populate a city deep underground. The city of Ember is to last for 200 years after which its inhabitants are to retrieve from a strong box instructions to return to the surface. Over time however, the message is lost and life in Ember is rapidly deteriorating. Their power supply is failing and food is being rationed. It's left to two young adults to unearth the secret of Ember and to lead the way out. Written by garykmcd

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cidade das Sombras  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,129,473, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,873,007, 15 January 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,929,684
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Trivia

The word Ember also refers to the embers of a fire, a metaphor for the situation in which the characters find themselves. See more »

Goofs

The second boat to launch is not there when Doon pulls the lever on their boat and it is not at the bottom of the stairs after the ride. See more »

Quotes

[after Granny passes away, Lina and Poppy have to move into Mrs. Murdo's place. Mrs. Murdo shows them a clean room with a single bed]
Mrs. Murdo: You and Poppy have to share, but I think the bed's big enough. Poppy, let's make some dinner and get your sister get settled.
[Lina, with a box of her belongings in her arms, stares unhappily at her new room]
Mrs. Murdo: [Cut to the dinner scene, when there are rumblings from below and bits of ceiling falling from above]
Mrs. Murdo: [...]
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.41 (2008) See more »

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Mayor's Fanfare
Written and Performed by Douglas Pipes
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User Reviews

 
Very good movie
20 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this film, but I ended up loving it quite a bit. It's a great kid's adventure, lots of mystery and action, good character development, and plenty of cool settings.

Bill Murray and Tim Robbins do a fine job in their roles, but they are mostly supporting cast. It's the two kids who are the real heart of the story. I also love how the filmmakers created an entirely plausible distant future where beauty still thrived despite crumbling infrastructure. Above all, this is a movie about hope for the future.

If you are looking for a good adventure similar to THE GOONIES, check this out. Great for kids, and great for folks of all ages who enjoy light adventure.


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