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What Maisie Knew (2012)

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In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.


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What Maisie Knew is a contemporary New York City revisioning of the Henry James novel by the same name. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Susanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quel che sapeva Maisie  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,480 (USA) (3 May 2013)


$1,065,000 (USA) (26 July 2013)

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In an interview on the NPR program "Fresh Air", Julianne Moore said that she drew on Courtney Love and Patti Smith for inspiration for her character in this movie, who is (like Love and Smith) a rock star who is also a mother. See more »


[first lines]
Susanna: Want to sleep with mommy tonight?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: In my bed?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: You promise not to kick me?
Maisie: I promise.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #10.26 (2013) See more »


Written by Austin Taylor Trado
Performed by Austin Taylor Trado
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beautiful film and story
29 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

A gorgeous film that manages to convey the emotion of childhood at its more heart-wrenching. The central performance by Joanna Vanderham is absolutely extraordinary, and reminds me of some of the greatest child performances I've ever seen on film. As her parents, Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan make you feel like you are right in the middle of the tumult of family life. Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel have created a movie that feels like life, the vulnerability, the abruptness, the comedy, the joy.

With intimacy at times almost startling, this is one of the best adaptations of a novel by Henry James I've ever seen.

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