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Gimme Shelter (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  29 October 2014 (France)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

29 October 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando un destino  »

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Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,359,563 (USA) (21 February 2014)

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To prepare for this film, director Ron Krauss lived for over a year in the Several Sources Shelter founded by Kathy DiFlore, and grew to know DiFiore, the shelter, and the two girls Apple Bailey is based on. The film was shot in the home of Kathy DiFiore and the original Several Sources Shelter See more »


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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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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