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Michael Shannon ... Curtis

Jessica Chastain ... Samantha

Tova Stewart ... Hannah

Shea Whigham ... Dewart

Katy Mixon ... Nat
Natasha Randall ... Cammie
Ron Kennard ... Russell
Scott Knisley ... Lewis

Robert Longstreet ... Jim

Heather Caldwell ... Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen ... Woman in Road
John Kloock ... Man in Road
Marianna Alacchi ... Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic ... News Anchor
Bob Maines ... Walter Jacobs

Charles Moore ... Man at Window
Pete Ferry ... Melvin
Molly McGinnis ... Janine
Angie Marino-Smith ... Kathryn
Isabelle Smith ... Sue
Tina Stump ... Nurse
Ken Strunk ... Doctor Shannan

Maryanne Nagel ... Insurance Agent
Hailee Dickens ... Pharmacist

Kathy Baker ... Sarah
Guy Van Swearingen ... Myers

LisaGay Hamilton ... Kendra
William Alexander ... EMT
Joanna Tyler ... Attendant

Stuart Greer ... Army-Navy Dave

Ray McKinnon ... Kyle
Jake Lockwood ... Andy
Kim Hendrickson ... Customer

Bart Flynn ... Dave
Nick Koesters ... Rich

Jeffrey Grover ... Psychiatrist
Qenny O.T. Vitosha ... Red the Dog (as Qenny OT Vitosha)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Botsford ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Joe Zamora ... EMT by Ambulance (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Nichols 
Writing credits
Jeff Nichols (written by)

Produced by
Tyler Davidson .... producer
Kevin Flanigan .... co-executive producer
Sarah Green .... executive producer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... executive producer
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos .... executive producer (as Christos Konstantakopoulos)
Sophia Lin .... producer
Chris Perot .... executive producer
Richard Rothfeld .... executive producer
Robert Ruggeri .... co-producer
Colin Strause .... executive producer
Greg Strause .... executive producer
Adam Wilkins .... co-producer
Original Music by
David Wingo 
Cinematography by
Adam Stone (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Parke Gregg 
Casting by
Lillian Pyles 
Production Design by
Chad Keith 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Klide 
Set Decoration by
Adam Willis 
Costume Design by
Karen Malecki 
Makeup Department
Liz DuChez .... hair stylist assistant
Liz DuChez .... makeup artist assistant
Julia Lallas .... key hair stylist
Julia Lallas .... key makeup artist
Susan R. Prosser .... hair stylist assistant (as Sue Prosser)
Susan R. Prosser .... makeup artist assistant (as Sue Prosser)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Johnson .... first assistant director
Lia Lockert .... second assistant director
Cosmo Pfeil .... second second assistant director
Darius Shahmir .... second unit director
Art Department
Jon Alexander .... carpenter
Jeremy Brauning .... art intern
Schuylar Dane Croom .... prop master (as Schuylar Groom)
J.T. Fraser .... set construction (as JT Fraser)
Robbie Fraser .... carpenter
Ben Haehn .... set dresser
Jason Johns .... carpenter
Juliana Johnson .... props intern
Carmen Navis .... on-set dresser
Chris Preneta .... set construction assistant
Janie Rauscher .... props intern
Jonathan Rudak .... leadman
Andy Schofield .... set dresser
Mike Shepley .... carpenter
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... digital audio services
Joshua Chase .... sound designer
Will Files .... re-recording mixer
Will Files .... supervising sound designer
Lyman Hardy .... foley artist
Lyman Hardy .... sound designer
Lyman Hardy .... sound effects editor
Michael Levine .... digital audio services
Brandon Proctor .... re-recording mixer
Ryan Putz .... sound mixer
Bill Rudolph .... sound effects editor
Clint Smith .... dialogue editor
Leonard Suwalski .... boom operator
Ronni Brown .... foley artist (uncredited)
Zach Martin .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
William Storkson .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chad Ball .... rain effects
Timothy R. Hoffman .... special effects coordinator (as Tim Hoffman)
Francis Link .... rain effects (as Francis 'Boysie' Link)
Sean Webster .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Curtis Augspurger .... visual effects lighting technician: [hy*drau"lx] (as Curtis Augsperger)
Jarrod Avalos .... camera tracking layout supervisor: [hy*drau"lx]
Dominik Bauch .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Adam Briggs .... animator: dynamic effects, [hy*drau"lx]
T.J. Burke .... visual effects lighting technician: [hy*drau"lx]
Ed Chapman .... on-set plate supervisor: [hy*drau"lx]
Daniel Chavez .... visual effects producer: {hy*drau"lx]
Cameron Coombs .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Hector de la Torre .... modeler: [hy*drau"lx] (as Hectore de la Torre)
Patrick Donnelly .... roto/digital clean-up
Tamer Eldib .... modeler: [hy*drau"lx]
Nicholas Elwell .... visual effects coordinator: {hy*drau"lx]
Patrick Flannery .... visual effects reference photographer: [hy*drau"lx]
Chris Fregoso .... compositor: {hy*drau"lx]
Darrel Green .... visual effects resource manager: [hy*drau"lx]
Chris Haney .... pipeline supervisor: {hy*drau"lx]
Matt 'Chief' Hightower .... animator: dynamic effects, [hy*drau"lx] (as Matt Hightower)
Mike Hollingshead .... visual effects reference photographer: [hy*drau"lx]
Rob Hubbard .... animator: dynamic effects, [hy*drau"lx]
Eric A. Kohler .... visual effects coordinator: [hy*drau"lx]
Daniel Kruse .... cg supervisor: [Hy*drau"lx] (as Dan Kruse)
Bill Kunin .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Erik LaPlant .... cg coordinator: {hy*drau"lx]
Sun Lee .... senior matte painter: [hy*drau"lx]
Erik Liles .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Russell Lloyd II .... animator: dynamic effects, [hy*drau"lx] (as Russell Lloyd)
Michael Meagher .... visual effects executive producer: [hy*drau"lx] (as Tony Meagher)
David Michaels .... character rigger: {hy*drau"lx]
Young Joon Mok .... roto/digital clean-up (as Young Mok)
Satoshi Ozeki .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Eugene Paluso .... camera tracking layout: [hy*drau"lx]
Bruno Parenti .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
John Polyson .... smoke operator: [hy*drau"lx]
Scott Rader .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx]
Pablovsky Ramos-Nieves .... visual effects lighting technician: [hy*drau"lx] (as Pablo Osky Ramos)
Krystal Sae Eua .... modeler: [hy*drau"lx]
Matt Siner .... visual effects editor
Greg Souers .... lead compositor: {hy*drau"lx]
Dave Strause .... technical support: [hy*drau"lx]
Linda Strause .... visual effects finance manager: [hy*drau"lx]
Alexander Tirasongkran .... camera tracking layout: [hy*drau"lx] (as Alex Tirasongkran)
Chris Wells .... visual effects supervisor
Derek Winslow .... matte painter: [hy*drau"lx]
Steven D. Wolff .... compositor: [hy*drau"lx] (as Steve Wolff)
Loeng Wong-Savun .... lead compositor: {hy*drau"lx] (as Loeng Wong Savun)
Michael Zavala .... 2D production manager: hy*drau"lx vfx
Josh Elmore .... model/texture artist: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Atsushi Imamura .... model/texture artist: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Brian Janelli .... model/texture artist (uncredited)
Scott Michelson .... visual effects executive producer (uncredited)
Chun Seong Ng .... model/texture artist: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Van Ouk .... modeler: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Pablovsky Ramos-Nieves .... digital lighter: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Tim Simon .... modeler (uncredited)
Josh Sutherland .... visual effects editor: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Richard Fike .... stunt coordinator
E. Ray Goodwin .... stunt safety
Richard Fike .... stunt double: Michael Shannon (uncredited)
Richard Fike .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Sheila Hullihen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
John Kloock .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Boehme .... additional electric
Nick Cannavino .... camera intern
Hal Carlton-Ford .... company grip
Dylan Conrad .... first assistant camera: second unit
John Countryman .... video services
Nick Evert .... best boy electric
Andrew Fenske .... company grip
Scott Gardner .... still photographer
Chuckie Lewis .... rigging best boy (as Chuck Lewis)
Chance Madison .... best boy grip
Noel Maitland .... additional still photographer
Kevin Martt .... key grip
Stephen McBride .... second assistant camera
Craig McKinstry .... rigging gaffer
Kenneth Neil Moore .... director of photography: second unit
David Regan .... first assistant camera
Michael Roy .... gaffer
Alexander Sablow .... camera production assistant
Rick Stern .... additional electric
Rick Stern .... additional grip
Joe Thompson .... company electric
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T/' Torrijos)
Andrew T. Weaver .... grip intern (as Andrew Weaver)
Michael Wendt .... grip intern
Animation Department
Nicholas Avallone .... character animator: [hy*drau"lx] (as Nick Avallone)
Billy-Vu Lam .... character animator: [hy*drau"lx] (as Billy Vu Lam)
Casting Department
Lavelle Brown .... casting assistant: Ohio
Roxie Brown .... casting assistant: Ohio
Charles Moore .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Will F. Moore .... casting assistant: Ohio
Shannon Ready .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Linda Weaver .... casting associate
Linda Weaver .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lainie Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Brittney Benson .... wardrobe assistant
Brittney Benson .... wardrobe intern (as Brittney Ann Benson)
Travis Meadows .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Quinn George .... editor: epk
Steven Gonzales .... editorial consultant
Parke Gregg .... colorist
Parke Gregg .... on-line editor
Cosmo Grimes .... assistant editor
Joe Malina .... additional colorist
Sam Tirado .... colorist: dailies
Allison Turrell .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Deanna Bouchahine .... location intern
Matt Cahill .... location manager
Patrick Jackson .... location manager
Music Department
James Alexander .... musician: viola
Aisha Burns .... musician: violin
Travis Chapman .... musician: bass
Henna Chou .... musician: cello
Nick Gregg .... musician: cello
Matt Smith .... engineer: strings, Hot Tracks Recording Studio
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Johnspn .... transportation coordinator
Matthew R. Zboyovski .... driver: cast (as Matt 'Z' Zboyovski)
Other crew
Mark Babb .... chef
Courtne Benson .... set production assistant
Maï Boiron .... French translator
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor
Travis Cleary .... craft service production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance research: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Carolyn Corzine .... assistant production office coordinator
Joseph Alan Croisant .... stand-in (as Joseph Croisant)
Rebecca DeNoewer .... set intern
Andrew Dolph .... chef
Cris Doss .... dog wrangler
Brian Doyle .... chef
Audra Gabler .... office production assistant
Barb Green .... accounting services: Mayor CPA Group
Maylon Hines .... set intern
Jonathan M. Hodes .... legal services: securities, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles
Amelia Host .... production office coordinator
Andy Kasubienski .... dog owner and trainer
Peter Keller .... set intern
Cameron Kowall .... set production assistant
Chad Krawtschenko .... chef
Joe Kurak .... stand-in
Joel Large .... tv newscast: G.L.W. Broadband
Mike Mayor .... accounting services: Mayor CPA Group (as Michael S. Mayor)
Matt McNeely .... set intern
Timothy Muir .... office production assistant (as Tim Muir)
Harry Nangle .... assistant to producers
Olivia Otten .... set intern
Jamee Patrice .... craft service intern
Robert Reynolds .... set intern
Ryan Reynolds .... key set production assistant (as Ryan A. Reynolds)
Alex-Marie Rezac .... set intern (as Alex Rezac)
Phillip L. Rosen .... legal services: Rosen Law Group
Alexander M. Roth .... post-production assistant
Melissa Ryant .... interpreter: ASL
Brandon Schneider .... epk director
Jon Short .... stand-in
Emily Smith .... double: Hannah
Carl Sullenberger .... tv newscast: G.L.W. Broadband
Michael Tzartzouras .... legal counsel: Faliro House
Tyler Chou Young .... legal services: Rosen Law Group
Patrick Ziska .... stand-in (uncredited)
Bailey Conway .... thanks
Jessica Glenn .... special thanks
David Gordon Green .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Hydraulx (visual effects) (as [hy*drau"lx])
Other Companies

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Rated R for some language
121 min | USA:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Japan:G | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46673)
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Did You Know?

Tova Stewart, the little girl who plays Hannah, is deaf in real life, and so are both her parents.See more »
Errors in geography: Curtis and Shannon live in LaGrange, Ohio. However, Curtis's truck has Erie County tags on its license plates. LaGrange is in Lorain County, one county to the east.See more »
[first lines]
Curtis:[to daughter] No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.
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58 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Challenging but supremely suspenseful character-driven drama, 3 November 2011
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

When done right, few tales are more riveting than a person's descent into madness. Alfred Hitchcock proved this time and time again and Jeff Nichols reinforces it in "Take Shelter," a film likely to have been lauded by the master of suspense himself. Anchored by the performances of Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, "Shelter" broods and festers but ultimately thrives on the brink between buildup and utter chaos.

Shannon, far from a household name but a favorite of cinephiles since his head-turning supporting role in "Revolutionary Road," stars as Curtis, a construction worker and father living in a rural town with his wife, Sam (Chastain), and their young daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart). Their daughter has developed extreme hearing loss and Curtis' job provides them the benefits necessary to afford cochlear implants, but Curtis' recent slew of horrifically real nightmares seems to be the real issue here.

In his dreams, Curtis experiences premonitions of a near-apocalyptic storm that includes odd bird flight formations, motor-oil-like rain, and twisters, and appears to make everyone that shows up in his dreams eerily violent from his dog to complete strangers. The resulting paranoia and occasional physical side affects leads Curtis to seek medical attention, but also to start renovating the storm cellar in his backyard should his visions come true.

The question of whether Curtis is a prophet of sorts or just mentally disturbed drives the film — not much else does. Nichols tells this story largely through a series of character snapshots depicting Curtis riding the ups and downs caused by these nightmares. A few key moments boil the story to a point, namely a riveting scene when Curtis loses it a social luncheon, but the pensive script withholds from us straight through the end like a well-trained indie film.

As we go deeper and deeper with Curtis — and eventually Samantha and Curtis' best friend/co-worker Dewart (Shea Whigham) — we do learn some key details about Curtis' medical history that shed light on the situation, but even in the midst of fact, Nichols never gives us the satisfaction of arriving at any concrete conclusion about his predicament.

With the weight of an immensely introverted character dealing with a mental struggle placed squarely on his shoulders, Shannon proves why you'll only see him with more and more frequency in the future. He makes sure we care about what happens to Curtis, but beyond that he slips back and forth between deserving sympathy and deserving skepticism. He is not simply some Jobian character to whom bad things are happening, and this makes his challenge all the more challenging for the viewer. Credit as well to Nichols for crafting a protagonist far from the norm.

The winner of 2011′s most ubiquitous actress award, Chastain, gets the more alpha-type role instead. She's the good-hearted, open and loving type driven entirely by logic and unafraid of confrontation. Many will identify more with Samantha as a result, which adds a layer of complexity to the film to say the least.

"Take Shelter" offers compelling character-driven suspense, though at times it will try your patience. If you can chalk that up to quintessential indie filmmaking, then by all means do and enjoy this complex and challenging character portrait all the more for it. However, the real thrill of this type of film is that at any moment the bottom might drop out on the entire story (aka the $%&+ might hit the proverbial tornado); the difference between liking that and loving it is accepting when it doesn't.

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