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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.


(screenplay), (based on the novel "Beautiful Creatures" by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aunt Del
Genevieve Duchannes
Larkin Ravenwood
Mr. Lee
Mrs. Hester


Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Dark secrets will come to light See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, scary images and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hermosas criaturas  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,582,595, 17 February 2013, Wide Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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The original score is the first composed by the band Thenewno2 - Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks and 'Jonathon Sadoff'. The band began creating the score at Friar Park Studios Henley-on-Thames. The guitar solo on the love theme at the burning Gatlin sign is the same guitar used in (Dhani's father) George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". The score was recorded at Abbey Road in Studio 2. See more »


The town has less than 400 residents but has a football stadium that could easily hold over a thousand with a very expensive artificial turf field. See more »


Amma: God gives us what we can handle, even if we don't believe it ourselves.
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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »


Theme From 'A Summer Place'
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Love, Curse and Sacrifice
29 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

In Gatlin, South Caroline, the teenager Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) dreams on leaving the conservative town and go to the college. Ethan has dreams with a mysterious girl and when he meets the fifteen year-old newcomer Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) in his class, he realizes that she is the girl of his dreams. The outcast Lena is rejected by the mates since she is the granddaughter of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), who is considered a worshiper of the devil by the superstitious dwellers.

Ethan gives a ride to Lena and they fall in love with each other. Soon he learns that Lena is a good witch that on her sixteenth birthday will be claimed by the light and the darkness. She may stay in the light, but is cursed to change to the dark side if she falls in love with him. Further, her evil mother Sarafine (Emma Thompson) is a caster that is pushing Lena to the dark side. Now they are seeking a spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed?

"Beautiful Creatures" is a pleasant romantic fantasy about love, curse and sacrifice. The fight between light and darkness is well resolved and the conclusion is open to interpretations. It will never be nominated to an Oscar, but entertains. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Dezesseis Luas" ("Sixteen Moons")

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