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What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2013 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sadie Rae ...
Zoe (as Sadie Rae Lee)
Jesse Stone Spadaccini ...
Martin (as Jesse Spadaccini)
Cecelia (as Diana Garcia Soto)
Ms. Baine
Ms. Fairchild-Tetenbaum
Paddy Croft ...
Mrs. Wix
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Zoe's Mother


WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a contemporary New York City re-visioning of the Henry James novel by the same name, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Suzanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. In a race to win the court's advantage, Beale marries Maisie's nanny Margo, prompting Suzanna in turn to marry friend and local bartender, Lincoln. Both forced into a battle neither wishes to be a part of, Margo and Lincoln come to empathize with Maisie's position and over time with one another's. Teased by the notion of making their own surrogate family, the trio must either submit to the will of Maisie's parents or eventually face their wrath. Written by Fortissimo Films [nl]

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Hold on with all your heart.



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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  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,480, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,065,000, 28 July 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Working with 6-year-old actress Onata Aprile meant that the crew had to do most of the filming before her bedtime. However, during a scene that had to be filmed at night, Aprile fell asleep, and could not be woken up. The scene had to be shot two weeks later. 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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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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