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Midnight Special (2016)

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A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

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Roy
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Doak
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Levi
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Calvin Meyer
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Agent Miller
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Elden
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Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
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Sharon Davison (Councelor)
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Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
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Hannah (Ranch Member)
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Frederick (Ranch Member)
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Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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He's not like us.


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | See all certifications »

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21 April 2016 (Greece)  »

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Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$190,012 (USA) (18 March 2016)

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$3,707,794 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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This is the eighth collaboration between actors Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks. Their films together include Blackbird (2007), The Missing Person (2009), Return (2011), Mud (2012) and Midnight Special (2016). They also appeared in the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014), and have appeared in two stage plays; including Lady (2008) and The Killer (2014). See more »

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Around min 100, Alton wasn't wearing his bulletproof vest; while he was wearing in the previous scene. See more »

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Roy: Alton!
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Sitting in a Roofless Room
Written by Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist
Performed by From the Mouth of the Sun
Courtesy of Experimedia Ltd.
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Really engaging story, very refreshing - superb!
8 June 2016 | by (Torbay) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much from this movie, given it's odd title, but what a pleasant surprise. Well written, excellent acting performances all round. I couldn't fault the movie, it's well worth seeing and I hope it gets the plaudits it richly deserves. Jaeden Lieberher is going to be a star, judging by his excellent performance as Alton. I think the message is definitely about the power of parental love and the lengths we go to in order to protect our children, even in the face of insurmountable odds. This is a genre that not everyone likes, including myself, but I loved it. It definitely has a retro feel about it, whilst having an original twist. There are strong acting performances from the rest of the cast and I thoroughly recommend it.


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