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Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  9 April 2009 (Australia)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.



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Complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Damien (voice)
Young Mary (voice)
Renée Geyer ...
Vera (voice)
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ...
Homeless Man (voice)
Julie Forsyth ...
Additional Voices (voice)
John Flaus ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Additional Voices (voice)
Shaun Patten ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)


In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Australia)  »

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AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cat shelter that Ivy leaves her money to is named after T.S. Eliot, the author of 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'. See more »


The eagle head logo shown on the U.S. mail box came into use in 1993. Before that (i.e. during the time in which this movie is set), the full eagle logo was used. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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The end credits show animated portraits of the characters, with the actors names beneath them. See more »


References Harvie Krumpet (2003) See more »


Russian Rag
by Elena Kats-Chernin is used by permission of Hal Leonard Astralia Pty. Ltd. exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Lts. of London
Performed by Sydney Alpha Ensemble
Conducted by David Stanhope
Licensed courtesy of Asutralian Broadcasting Corporation
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So excellent, that I couldn't recommend it more!
21 August 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

It's hard to describe just how excellent this film is. The story is great, both very funny and touching. The art-design and animation are a delight, thoughtful, very rich in details, and very consistent in style. The music is great. The storyline and direction... I can't find a bad word to say, except that the story drags a little half- way through, but then picks itself up again toward the end. Truly, a must-see. If you like adult animation, this is definitely for you. I agree with those comparing it to Aardman films, Waltz with Bashir and Persepolis, but this movie's animation is so professional, that only Aardman truly compares.

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