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The Beaver (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama | 19 May 2011 (Germany)
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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.

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Walter Black ('Mel Gibson') is depressed and sleeps most of the day. It's driving his family crazy, and his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) kicks him out. Walter starts carrying a beaver puppet and tries to commit suicide (unsuccessfully). He uses the puppet to talk to himself, trying to bolster his spirits, and is trying to rebuild his life. Through the beaver, the family begins to learn about Walter's history and problems, and as he continues rebuilding, the beaver shows us all a way to cope. Written by Anonymous

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He's here to save Walter's life.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference | See all certifications »

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19 May 2011 (Germany)  »

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Le complexe du castor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,577, 8 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$970,816
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In the movie, Mel Gibson's son's name is Porter. Mel Gibson played a character named Porter in the film Payback (1999). See more »

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Walter Black: This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual. Somewhere inside him is a man who fell in love. Who started a family. Who ran a successful company. That man has gone missing. No matter what he's tried, and he's tried everything, Walter can't seem to bring him back. It's as if he's died, but hasn't had the good sense to take his body with him. So mostly what he does is sleep.
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A letter or two from each cast/crew member remains and forms part of the next credit. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.146 (2011) See more »

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Summer is the Champion
Written and Performed by Laura Veirs
Courtesy of Raven Marching Band Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Watch it once ... then never again.
30 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Give it to Mel Gibson. The man can act. He is one of the best and does not disappoint.

I rented this simply because I couldn't take the curiosity any longer. I had no idea what it was about.

Every performance here is solid and believable and deep.

The movie is about depression. So don't be surprised if you are left feeling ... depressed. I was. The movie concluded with an upbeat feel, but left me yearning for more.

This is one of those movies that, well, you watched it; you knew you had to - kind of like Schindler's List - then you put it away to never visit it again because you know the emotional pain that it delivers.


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