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

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A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, scapes home, 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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31 July 2015 (USA)  »

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El extraordinario viaje de T.S. Spivet  »

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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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The first feature film to use the Arri Alexa M camera. See more »

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After the train leaves North Platte, Nebraska, there are clearly mountains in the background. There are no mountains between Nebraska and Chicago. See more »

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Smithsonian President: Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity and I'm not sure about the former - Albert Einstein
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References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

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Charming for all ages
24 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet is a breath of fresh Mid Western air among all the rubbish of cinema today. Its Charming without being overbearing, its smart without being technical and odd without being weird.

The cast do a really good job at acting and the playful (although unrealistic)characters are charming. The cinematography really explores small details as well as large. The props of vintage equipment and quirky items of the past will resonate with those who watch the film.

I think most people who see this film will leave feeling happier and will take note of the magic of life as T.S Spivet does. Its a pure escapist film. Watch and enjoy this little slice of movie magic with a with your favorite mug, blanket and good friend.


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