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Super 8 (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jade Griffiths ...
Benji Kaznyk
Peg Kaznyk


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Super 8  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$126,975,169 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Riley Griffiths (Charles Kaznyk) played an April Fool's prank on director J.J. Abrams during filming: "On the verge of crying, I told him I had lost my script, lost it at a mall in L.A., somebody took it, and it's online. He totally fell for it... I think I might have been more scared than J.J. I was trembling." See more »


The 'four months later' scene (at around 7 mins) when the kids film their movie at the depot takes place after school is out - presumably late May or early June 1979. However, the TV in the background has Walter Cronkite talking about the Three Mile Island accident (at around 28 mins), which took place March 28, 1979. See more »


[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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Charles's completed zombie movie is shown during the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Mentiras arriesgadas (2012) See more »


Written by Lionel Richie
Performed by The Commodores (as Commodores)
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

a waste of money---corny and predictable
11 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most boring films I have seen in a long time. It has the Stephen Spielberg lack of subtlety (if there is loud explosion... someone will always exclaim, "wow! that was loud!" There are constant super corny references to the 70s (Farrah hair, CB radios, pintos, walk-men...every appliance is "Harvest Gold" or "Avacado Green." If you can predict the whole plot of the movie within ten minutes. I am further sadden that people have given this movie good reviews. Lots of corny moments with teary eyed kids that are so over the top that don't pull at anyone's heartstrings. I wish the monster had destroyed this town!It was awful.

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