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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 5 July 2012 (Russia)
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Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lowell Landes ...
Pamela Harper ...
Amber Henry ...
Jonshel Alexander ...
Nicholas Clark ...
Joseph Brown ...
Henry D. Coleman ...
Peter T
Kaliana Brower ...
Dr. Maloney
Hannah Holby ...
Open Arms Babysitter
Jimmy Lee Moore ...
Sgt. Major


Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. Written by Sundance Film Festival

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


"Il film che ha incantato il mondo" [IT] See more »


Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 2012 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Bestias del sur salvaje  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$169,702 (USA) (29 June 2012)


$12,784,397 (USA) (15 March 2013)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the film's very first day of shooting in the fictional "Bathtub" location outside of New Orleans, the BP oil rig explosion and the start of the massive spill occurred. For most of the shoot in nearby waters, Benh Zeitlin and his crew had to maneuver in and around the clean-up operations. See more »


When leaving the medical center with Wink & his friend's Walrus' clothes keep changing from the medical scrub top, to a white t-shirt and overalls. See more »


[first lines]
Hushpuppy: All the time, everywhere, everything's hearts are beating and squirting, and talking to each other the ways I can't understand. Most of the time they probably be saying: I'm hungry, or I gotta poop.
[listening to bird's heartbeat]
Hushpuppy: But sometimes they be talkin' in codes.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (2013) See more »


Performed by The Lost Bayou Ramblers (as Lost Bayou Ramblers)
Written by Louis Michot, OTUT Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Bayou Perdu Records
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8 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I mean just awful. To use anymore words to try to describe this tripe would be an affront to those poor words.

I mean, it was weird, awkward, clunky... Just not good in any way whatsoever ever...

I tried to explain it to a friend of mine and he insisted that I was making this up. I assured him, I have never been drunk enough to be able to vomit this type of ridiculous nonsense from my mind.

Oh, and there were beasts.

And I think she was some sort of animal whisperer. I think. Maybe.

Oh, and people trying to help are bad. Not sure why, but, yeah.

And her dad was sick. I think. Or insane. Maybe just drunk? Dunno. But yeah...

Oh yeah, and there is squalor and chaos galore.

And there were drunk people. For sure. And storms and guns. Of course, storms and guns. And fire. And floating pickup beds built on Styrofoam or hay. Because, yeah, why would there not be?

Nonsensical non-sense bolstered by child abuse, booze, class-warfare and some sort of bayou based floating party boat (I think) and then the levy thing? I mean I really don't know.

Just not good.

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