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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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It arrives.

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While addressing the Academy of Achievement in 2006, Steven Spielberg said that his initiation to the magic of movies and the direct influence which actually got him to shoot his first film as a kid was Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), especially its sequence of a train and car accident. In Super 8, which is a direct homage to the style of the family films from the 80s produced or directed by Spielberg, the train and car accident is the initiation moment for the coming adventure. See more »


When the boys break into a classroom at the school (at around 1h 14 mins), they break a window from a door and clear out all the glass. Later when the soldiers come in, the same door now has some of the glass still there (at around 1h 17 mins). 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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Crazy Credits

After the end credits finish rolling and the Knack's My Sharona simultaneously finishes playing, a small piece of Michael Giacchino's score begins to play over a black screen and then end over the Paramount logo. See more »


Features The Match Game (1962) See more »


Match Game Opening Theme
Written by Robert Israel (as Robert Arnold Israel)
Courtesy of FremantleMedia North America, Inc.
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User Reviews

So much potential......
5 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When JJ Abrams makes films, I either like them or don't like them. There doesn't seem to be a happy medium. A bit like with his recent attempt at a Star Trek movie, which I didn't like.

Now when you add Spielberg as well, I seem to have a similar reaction to his movies as well. Either he makes a masterpiece (I.E. Indiana Jones, ET, The Goonies, Hook) or he makes a movie that leaves you feeling that the hours spent watching that film could have been spent doing something more productive.

Unfortunately, this movie hits the latter of the two. Now if we didn't have previous movies to go by, this would probably be a decent movie. But like what has been mentioned in previous comments, we've seen these kind of movie plots and characters many times before and in some cases done a lot better as well.

This is all down to personal opinion at the end of the day so if you haven't seen this movie, then please go and watch it and make up your own mind.

As I stated in my title, this movie had a lot of potential to be the new Goonies & ET movie of this century. Unfortunately it took all the elements of those movies, gave you the impression (in trailers) that it was going to be like Cloverfield, only to slap you in the face and give you something that doesn't even do either Director's names any justice at all.

Both Abrams and Spielberg can make outstanding movies. The ones they have made will be a part of many peoples lives for many years to come. Even with the new generation of kids, who I'm which will be sure to see the classics like ET, Goonies, Indiana Jones.

Like one reviewer said, if you want to see any movie that brings back that magic, then go watch them again. Nothing will ever beat the originals in my opinion.

At the moment in the movie industry, all we seem to get is Reboots, Prequals, Sequels to a movie that hasn't been done in over 10 years (IE Rocky, Die Hard etc), Origin movies and comic books to movies. Countless times we see this kind of thing being done and only about 1-2 out of 10 seem to bring anything new and original.

I will admit I have seen a lot worse out there and I did manage to get through the entire movie without turning away. However the 1/10 is the rating against Spielberg/Abrams best work in comparison....

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