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Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 January 2008 (USA)
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A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Bodega Cashier
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Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. A group of friends throw a farewell party for Rob, who is leaving New York to go and work in Japan. However, as the party progresses, violent shakes and explosions herald the arrival of an unknown creature, which begins its rampage by throwing the head of the Statue of Liberty down into a street. As they go to investigate, an adventure deep into the streets of New York begins, as the friends are determined to rescue Rob's true love. Written by Pip Carlson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1-18-08  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,146,546, 20 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,048,433, 10 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,764,026, 10 April 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The decapitated head of the Statue of Liberty in the street is inspired by the poster for John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981), which depicts the head of the Statue of Liberty lying in the middle of the street. See more »


From the time Hud first spots the monster in the helicopter to the time the helicopter crashes is less then a minute, yet the time changes from night to sunrise. However, the military man that told them of the helicopter told them that the last helicopters would be in the air by 6:00 am. The time from the crash to the time when the camera restarted recording is unknown, but it is possible that the sun began rising at that point. Even their visibility in the helicopter was getting much better and looked like the early dawn. See more »


[first lines]
Rob Hawkins: It's 6:42 AM. Beth's dad's place. He's out of town. And it's already a good day.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits there is a garbled radio transmission which some say sounds like "Help us!", when played backward it says "It's still alive!" See more »


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18 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

I thought that this movie would have its best scenes in the trailers, so when I went in I did not expect too much. But I did expect that it would be different given JJ Abram's influence on Alias. Well, if you're not much for jumpy cameras and are prone to motion sickness, you probably will not stay too long in the theater. But if you can focus wide and not get caught up too much in the details, you are in for an intense and unique take on the monster hits a major city (New York) genre. Where does it come from? What is it? One can speculate, but the movie is really dealing with the trauma of a small group of party goers and their encounter with the extraordinary! The effects are amazing, the acting by relative unknowns, hits on all marks; making the movie all the more convincing to the very end. Not for the faint of heart or the under-aged; under 17s might be up nights with the shakes, definitely don't take preteens! Way better than, "The Mist," a must see for giant monster fans everywhere!

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