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The Space Between Us (2017)

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The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.



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In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team... Written by STX Entertainment

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Two worlds. One connection. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Out of This World  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,775,596, 3 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,829,766, 24 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Britt Robertson also plays a role in the 2-season TV show "Life Unexpected". In both roles, she plays a foster child who is seeking emancipation. See more »


Around 1:45:00, Mr. Shepherd tries to fly the shuttle higher to decrease gravity. It is true that the gravity will be decreased once the shuttle is parked in the orbit, but going higher to get into the orbit will increase gravity multiple folds, which could prove fatal for the patients of cardiomyopathies. See more »


[first lines]
Nathaniel Shepherd: [speaking from the podium] I wanted to go to Mars. Not just a visit, I want to live there. Because then I'd be living truth that life on Mars Is possible. Proof that if we had to, Mankind can make a fresh start. We're in trouble and it's our fault, and we're running out of time, and mother nature doesn't negotiate. We can't give up, not now. Mars is a planet, ripe and ready for life. Earth's resources might be depleted but there is one resource we must never neglect. It's the most ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits list Colin Egglesfield, who played Sarah's brother, as "Sarah's bother." See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Space Between Us/Rings (2017) See more »


Stay Right Where You Are
Written by Ingrid Michaelson, Cason Cooley & Trent Dabbs
Performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Courtesy of Cabin 24 Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc.
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26 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Some of the reviews I have read must have come from those without a beating heart. I finally took the time to watch this film as the reviews were not great. I had an understanding it was a little sci-fi and a lot teenage love story going in. I found the screenplay to be brilliant by such young actors. I also understand there should be some fantastic things in a movie that includes sci-fi so while some of what the teenage couple set out to do seems unrealistic, it fits for what story the director and writer were trying to give us. I wish more adults could express the feelings this movie tries to tell us not to hide, and to enjoy every moment of life that is afforded to us. I found this movie not only heart warming but uplifting and inspiring. Thank you for such a much need film of this type. It has been a while. Take the fantastical with a grain of salt and pay attention to what it is trying to share, we may just all benefit from that thought process rather than the cynical one.

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