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Powder (1995)

An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit.

Director:

Victor Salva

Writer:

Victor Salva
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Steenburgen ... Jessie Caldwell
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Jeremy 'Powder' Reed
Lance Henriksen ... Sheriff Doug Barnum
Jeff Goldblum ... Donald Ripley
Brandon Smith ... Deputy Harley Duncan
Bradford Tatum ... John Box
Susan Tyrrell ... Maxine
Missy Crider ... Lindsey Kelloway
Ray Wise ... Dr. Aaron Stripler
Esteban Powell ... Mitch
Reed Frerichs ... Skye
Chad Cox ... Zane
Joe Marchman Joe Marchman ... Brennan
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Greg Reed (as Phillip Maurice Hayes)
Danette McMahon Danette McMahon ... Emma Barnum
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Storyline

When sheriff Barnum investigates the death of an elderly rural resident, he discovers a teenage grandson living in the basement. Raised by his grandparents, he has experienced the world only through books, never leaving the family farm. He is sent to a state home for boys where he has trouble fitting in socially. His odd appearance and unusual abilities cause the small town residents to fear and ridicule him. However, not all are afraid. Some begin to view his potential and gifts with wonderment. Written by Robert B. Young <youngb@tastemaker.com>

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An extraordinary encounter with another human being! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense, sometimes frightening elements of theme, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pura energía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,146,973, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$30,862,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,862,156
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the hospital scene where Ripley confronts the Sheriff about the classroom incident, we hear a voice on the intercom paging "Dr. Tarantini", "Dr. McGreal", "Dr. Cain" and "Dr. Grodnik". Tom Tarantini and Sean Cain are both actors in the film, Mimi N. McGreal is a production assistant, and Daniel Grodnik is the film's producer. See more »

Goofs

When Powder gets his first kiss with Lindsey, you see her standing when her father is coming towards them, but then in the next shot she's still sitting and just about to get up. See more »

Quotes

Powder: She didn't go some place... your wife. I felt her go. Not away, just out... everywhere.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Alan Grier/Silverchair (1995) See more »

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ROLL UP WALTZ
Written by Andrew J. Hall
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A deeply moving story, thought provoking, and unforgettable.
7 November 2004 | by Bryce_TechSee all my reviews

It is rare that I see a movie as unforgettable and unpredictable as Powder. I am not a man who is easily impressed with special affects, but in this movie the affects always served a purpose instead of covering up the fact that there was no purpose. In an age where movies have become multiple scenes of graphic violence and corny excuses for stories, Powder is refreshing, filled with the meaning of humanity, and moved me to tears throughout the entire film. With most films, I am able to predict exactly what will happen and when. With Powder I could never quite tell what was going to happen next, and the ending was something I would have never imagined would happen and could only be described as extraordinary. There are so many elements to this movie: The paranormal; the challenge to everything we think we know about science and the capabilities of the human mind; the human capacity for cruelty; love and forgiveness; and the hope that our own humanity will one day advance beyond our own technology. Most of all, the raw emotion of this great masterpiece reaches deep into the heart and leaves an impression that stays with you. This is one of those rare movies that you will never forget, a true classic that illustrates truths about humanity that have existed since the beginning of time.


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