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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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$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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In order to give an accurate portrayal, Vanessa Hudgens burst blood vessels in her face while filming the scene in which Apple gives birth. See more »

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June Bailey: You don't know what I ever wanted out of life. Look at me now. I deserve a second chance.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'I, Frankenstein and 'Gimme Shelter' (2014) See more »

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Karen's Letter
Written by Ed Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
Performed by Ed Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
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Dramatic, touching, and emotional film. Hudgens' best acting to date.
26 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Gimme Shelter on Jan. 24th (opening day) and it changed me. The film is realistic. Gimme Shelter is a gritty portrayal of a true story. This film will touch you & make you feel humanity. Vanessa Hudgens plays Apple who has lived a very difficult life filled with: sadness, pain, abandonment, abuse, and misery. Growing up she went from foster home to foster home. Rosario Dawson played Apple's sinister/ evil mother. Dawson did an excellent job of portraying a drug addict mother. Brendan Fraser (The Mummy) played Apple's father who works on Wall Street. The powerful message of the film is that sometimes strangers/ friends can feel close like family while your actual family can feel like strangers.

Vanessa Hudgens should win an award for this film.


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