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A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.

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16 year old street-wise Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson), is an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive, and is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand but wants more from her life. She possesses a tenacious, tough, indomitable spirit, and will not surrender to fate. Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple's mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in. In the few days under her father's care, she learns she's become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. She is forced to leave her father's home because of her choice to give birth to the baby she is carrying. Apple runs away again, and is eventually taken under the wing of Father ... Written by MAriyah

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Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language - all concerning teens. | See all certifications »

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29 October 2014 (France)  »

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$4,200,000 (estimated)

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$689,091 (USA) (24 January 2014)

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$1,359,563 (USA) (21 February 2014)
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Brendan Fraser & James Earl Jones donated their salaries from this film to the real life shelter it is based on. See more »

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Agnes 'Apple' Bailey: When I was eight, I was taken away from my mother when she was arrested for drugs. By the time I was 12, I was in my 10th foster home... I was too scared to even open up my own mouth. I ran away. I went to try to find my mother and try to stay with her for a while. Things got real bad and I had to go and all that time, that letter was the only thing I ever got from you. Now I'm just asking you for a little time because I am done being passed off as someone's case number. I want out of the ...
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Born to Die
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Vanessa Hudgens goes for an Oscar, the breath taking life story of Gimme Shelter
29 November 2013 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Gimme Shelter is a touching and moving film, so inspirational that I think people will want to buy more and more tickets to see it. Even though a low budget film, Vanessa Hudgens is stunning on her performance as Apple. She proves that she has completely left her amateur puppy Disney HSM acting and moved on to bigger future roles that will certainly give her a lot of career options, maybe an Oscar too. And why not? In Gimme Shelter, Vanessa Hudgens, as an actress, portrays all the emotions and characteristics that the Academy of Arts want to see. I wont be surprised if I see Hudgens taking at least a nomination for her stunning, breath taking performance. Gimme shelter, in general, is an indie film that captures all the phases of a difficult life in the streets of a city. Maybe a little bit of 8 Mile or Precious, Gimme shelter reminds a bit of these films, but the motion picture still keeps its originality of story and of course performances.


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