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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Romance  -  30 July 2010 (USA)
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Charlie St. Cloud has been given the gift of seeing his deceased brother, but when a new love interest is in trouble he must choose between saving a life or continuing to see his brother everyday.

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Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother. So much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him. Charlie meets up with his brother (Sam) each night to play catch and talk. Then, a girl comes into Charlie's life and he must choose between keeping a promise he made to Sam, or going after the girl he loves Written by CBlodg

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Life is for living

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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30 July 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£314,873 (UK) (15 October 2010)

Gross:

£1,299,236 (UK) (15 October 2010)
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The part played by Augustus Prew was originally written as a slightly older Russian immigrant. However, Burr Steers had the part rewritten when he saw the audition tape that Prew sent him from London. See more »

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Before Charlie and the Tess have dinner she says she is leaving to sail in 3 days. After they eat she says she is leaving in a week. See more »

Quotes

Sam St. Cloud: Mom's gonna kill us
Charlie St. Cloud: Don't worry I'll take the blame.
Sam St. Cloud: God I hurt so much.
[Florio's flashlight shines near their car]
Sam St. Cloud: What's that?
Charlie St. Cloud: They're looking for us.
Sam St. Cloud: Who?
Charlie St. Cloud: I don't know.
Sam St. Cloud: Please whatever happens, just don't leave me okay?
Charlie St. Cloud: I won't.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 8 October 2010 (2010) See more »

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Pull My Heart Away
Written by Jack Penate, Paul Epworth
Performed by Jack Penate
Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
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The St. Cloud Brothers In Life And Death
9 August 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I was much moved by Charlie St. Cloud and by Zac Efron in the title role. It looks like the young man is going out way beyond being a Walt Disney bubblegum poster boy for pubescent young ladies.

When we first meet Efron in the title role he looks to be a young man with a bright future. A scholarship to Stanford is his as he graduates high school from his New England coastal town where he enjoys sailing and the companionship of his younger brother Charles Tatan. The two are rabid Red Sox fans as all New England kids are brought up to be. Efron's boat is named the Splendid Splinter which everyone in New England knows is the nickname of Ted Williams. Being much older than Zac or his character, I actually remember seeing Ted play.

A cruel trick of fate puts the two of them in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. Both die, but a determined paramedic played by Ray Liotta brings Efron back.

As per an agreement they made minutes before the crash, Efron and Tatan still meet in the woods every day to play catch and work on Tatan's baseball skills. It's all Efron lives for. By some trick of fate he can communicate and see Tatan, in fact he sees all kinds of dead folks including a young man he graduated with from high school who was killed in Iraq. Efron's forgotten Stanford and he now works at the local graveyard, the better to be near the ones he identifies with.

I won't go into the rest except that Efron does learn to let the dead bury the dead. Meeting up with Amanda Crew, another sailing enthusiast does help. And Liotta now dying of cancer tells Zac that he was saved for some special purpose.

Two great lessons of life are to be learned in Charlie St. Cloud. First that we all have some kind of destiny, the trick is to find it and recognize it. The second is that some people die young and maybe are meant to so that the rest of us recognize how precious life is and not to waste it. Having lost any number of people including a sister at a young age, it's something that is always uppermost in my mind.

Charlie St. Cloud is beautifully filmed with some breathtaking sailing sequences. The performers are flawless, especially Zac Efron. One thing I will agree with other reviewers about is that I wish that the role of the mother of the St. Cloud brothers played by Kim Basinger was more fully developed. After the death of her younger son, she moves out of town and you never really learn why.

Despite that minor criticism, Charlie St. Cloud is a moving film that should be seen by all generations for the life lessons imparted.


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