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Take Shelter -- Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams with actor Michael Shannon to create a haunting tale that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears.  Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himsel..
Take Shelter -- Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
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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
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

Additional Details

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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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Michael Shannon purposely didn't read up on mental illnesses before taking on the role as Curtis, as this is something the character himself knew little about.See more »
Continuity: When Curtis has his seizure, the time on the nightstand clock changes from 2:23 to 2:30, and then back to 2:28 (which then changes to 2:29 on camera).See more »
[first lines]
Curtis:[to daughter] No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is Tova Stewart, the little girl who plays Hannah, deaf in real life?
Is the storm at the end of the film real or just another dream?
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23 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Guard Your Dreams and Visions, 25 October 2011
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. What a beautiful piece of filmmaking that up-and-coming writer/director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories) delivers. Not only will the story grab you and hold tightly, but Michael Shannon's performance will stun your senses. All of that from a film with very few special effects and a story based in a quiet, rural Ohio town? Yes.

Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Revolutionary Road) plays Curtis, a quiet, hard-working husband and father. His friend and co-worker Dewart is played by Shea Whigham (also Boardwalk Empire). Early on, Dewart tells Curtis (with a touch of envy) that he has a good life, and that's about the best thing you can say about a man. It's about this time that all heck breaks loose for Curtis. He has apocalyptic dreams and visions that a world-changing storm is coming.

Being the strong man and protective head of the family that he is, Curtis tries to keep this quiet. However, his behavior grows more strange as he builds out a storm shelter in the backyard, gets rid of the family dog, and messes things up at work. Most of this wouldn't stand out for most people, but Curtis is the "normal" guy - the one who is consistent and predictable. At least he once was.

Curtis' wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and hearing impaired daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart) are supportive and try to give him space, but the family demands are such that a husband and wife confrontation is not long in the making. Turns out Curtis has a family history that drives him to dig a little deeper and even seek help.

After much emotional wrangling, there is a scene at a fundraising dinner where Curtis and Dewart have it out. Shannon's rant is one of the more powerful scenes you will ever see on film, and may have just clinched him an Oscar nomination.

This is a thought-provoking and emotional film that doesn't beat you over the head. Things unfold at a natural pace, in fact, it may be too slow for some viewers. The score is haunting and never once over-bearing as we battle through these stages with Curtis.

The ending may prove controversial, but I just smiled a very satisfied smile in appreciation of one beautiful film. There could be comparisons to Peter Weir's The Last Wave, or even The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man (sans humor), but to me, this one stands on its own as a story of love, support and strength.

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