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Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 10 June 2011 (USA)
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During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

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In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Written by Official site

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It arrives.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,451,168 (USA) (10 June 2011)

Gross:

$126,975,169 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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In the first draft of the script, the alien was never shown at all. See more »

Goofs

After Joe and Charles board an evacuation bus (at around 1h 08 mins), a string of M35 2-and-a-half ton trucks pass one way and 5 ton trucks pulling red trailers pass the other way. The first M35 truck has the new central tire inflation system (CTIS) which was not put on M35 trucks until 1994 which is 15 years after the film's setting date of 1979. The CTIS can be readily identified by looking at the wheels on the truck. Notice instead of a typical basic lug system there is a large plate looking device over about a third of the wheel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Kaznyk: I'm so worried for that boy.
Mr. Kaznyk: Joe's gonna be okay.
Mrs. Kaznyk: She was everything to him.
Mr. Kaznyk: Jack's gonna step up. He's a good man.
Mrs. Kaznyk: But he's never had to be a father before. I don't think he understands Joe.
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