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Mama (2013)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 18 January 2013 (USA)
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A young couple take in their 2 nieces only to suspect that a supernatural spirit named Mama has latched itself to their family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lilly (as Isabelle Nelisse)
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Mama
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Jean Podolski / Mama (Voice)
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David Fox ...
Burnsie
Dominic Cuzzocrea ...
Ron
Christopher Marren ...
Cop (as Chris Marren)
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Nina
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Judge
Diane Gordon ...
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Young Cop
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Storyline

The senior partner of an investment brokerage, Jeffrey Desange, has a breakdown due to a financial collapse and kills several co-workers and his estranged wife. He then kidnaps his two young daughters, Victoria 3 and Lilly just 1. He drives his car recklessly through a winding snow covered road. He loses control of his car and drives off an embankment. He finds an abandoned and isolated cabin where he plans to kill his daughters, but the children are saved by a dark ghostly image. After five years of searching and depleting his savings, Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, finds the children that were raised without social interaction and claim that they have been raised by 'Mama'. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's Great Aunt but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is working with the girls, helps Lucas get custody of the girls so that he can still have access to them. Lucas, his girlfriend Annabel, Victoria and Lilly move into a house provided by the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas... Written by Stephanie Carter

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A mother's love is forever.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mamá  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,123,052, 20 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,628,180

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,428,180
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was not the only time Javier Botet played a demon in one of Andy Muschietti's films. He also played the Leper, a form of the titular demon in the film, It (2017). See more »

Goofs

In the introduction, when the the car is driving on the icy road, the girls are not in the back seat. See more »

Quotes

Young Victoria: Daddy! There's a woman outside... She's not touching the floor!
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Great Gatsby (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The After Dinner Payback
Performed by 'From Autumn To Ashes'
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User Reviews

 
Mama has flaws, but great concept
19 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I really liked this movie and the concept for it was original. I think this film makes the viewer think about what the characteristics are of being a mother. What sort of instincts we as woman can display and what kind of connections can be made with a child, even if you're a terrifying ghost.

Del Toro will always put his name on a good thriller surrounding small children. This movie had all the thrills of a scary movie and the elements fright used in the film had everyone in my theater on the edge of the seat. The movie waist no time getting into the meat of the story.

There are flaws in the film and it does have to do with plot holes. The director could have worked these holes out with other writers......like Del Toro perhaps. The back story had the hugest gap of all.

Regardless, it was better than 'Don't be Afraid of the Dark', and I will be seeing this film again.


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