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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)
Renée Geyer ...
Vera Lorraine Dinkle (voice)
Homeless Man (voice)
Julie Forsyth ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
911 Operator (as Chris Massey)
Shaun Patten ...
Frankston Icebreaker Two (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ...
New York Callgirl (voice)
Post Office Customer (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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two unlikely people. Two different worlds come together in a story about a most unusual friendship. See more »


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Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Mary & Max  »

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Box Office


AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 156,169 (Australia), 9 April 2009, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the letter from Max is late, you can see that there are snails in Mary's mail box. Ordinary, paper mail is called "snail-mail" as it is too slow compared to Internet-based e-mail. See more »


When Mary sees all of her letters on Max's wall, there are letters which are exact duplicates of others. 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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Crazy Credits

The end credits show animated portraits of the characters, with the actors names beneath them. See more »


Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »


Old Mother Hubbard
Arranged by Cecil Fraser
Published by ABC Music Published
Administered by Mushroom Music
Performed by ABC Radio Orchestra
Licensed courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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So excellent, that I couldn't recommend it more!
21 August 2009 | by 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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