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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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Beale
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Margo
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Sadie Rae ...
Zoe (as Sadie Rae Lee)
Jesse Stone Spadaccini ...
Martin (as Jesse Spadaccini)
Diana García ...
Cecelia (as Diana Garcia Soto)
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Ms. Baine
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Ms. Fairchild-Tetenbaum
Paddy Croft ...
Mrs. Wix
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Musician #1
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Holly
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Zoe's Mother
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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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Drama

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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3 May 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quel che sapeva Maisie  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,065,000 (USA) (26 July 2013)
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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 »

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[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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Connections

Version of What Maisie Knew (1968) See more »

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Start Over Now
Written by Mathew Frankel, Michael Garner, Daniel Chang
Performed by Lady Danville and Jessica Freedman
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A heartbreaking gem of a movie. Loved it.
16 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a little gem. I read the New York Times review that said it was "Brilliant" or whatever, and I don't know if I'd go that far, but it's definitely the best movie about divorce and child custody I've ever seen, and it's nothing like Kramer vs. Kramer. It's actually really sweet and real feeling, mostly because you really identify with the little girl Maisie. All the adult actors are great, and sometimes funny (Steve Coogan), but I especially loved Alexander Skarsgard. He seems like a loser when you first see him, but he ends up being super loving, and his scenes with Maisie are really fun to watch. Haters are going to hate, but I think anyone would relate to this film about parents, kids, and finding people to love.


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