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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

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A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

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T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. There is also Layton, twin brother of T.S., who died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior | See all certifications »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,658 (USA) (31 July 2015)

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$99,462 (USA) (28 August 2015)
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Kathy Bates was originally cast as Ms. Jibsen, but dropped out due to health concerns and was replaced by Judy Davis. See more »

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On T.S's journey, the train stops in North Platte, Nebraska. The mistake was the city title on the screen was spelled North Plate, Nebraska. See more »

Quotes

T.S. Spivet: Maybe someday, I'll go back snapping at fireflies too.
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References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

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Award Deserving Story with or without 3D
29 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

8.5 of 10. Genius kid invents a perpetual motion machine, goes on adventure. Simple but without a well-developed plot and quirky characters like the one Helena Bonham Carter plays (and continues to set her characters apart from every other actor on the planet), this would be heavily dependent on 3D to be worth viewing in theaters.

What starts out as seemingly just a nerd on the ranch family comedy, develops into a more complex tale. Then when it seems to have reduced to a road-trip, self-discovery story, it once again expands and delivers more.

The other key character in this is played by Judy Davis. There are, however, an ongoing stream of brilliant characters to provide fun and suspense in what really shouldn't be promoted as just 3D kid action.


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