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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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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:

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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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Technical Specs

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

At a park bench we can see Powder's left hand under the table which appears normal, not albino. See more »

Quotes

Powder: She thinks I'm an angel.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Diabolik (1999) See more »

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PUPPET MARCH
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User Reviews

Under-Rated and Touching Movie.
7 January 2000 | by lopan531See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you always remember seeing the previews but never got around to seeing it. Powder is under rated as well as mislabeled.

The story is very unique. Powder, a completely bald albino was struck by lightning while in his mothers womb and now posseses electrical powers. Having been raised by his grandparents, he was hidden from the outside world until they pass away. He now is sent to a state orphanage and must deal with making friends and fitting in.

The acting is great with Sean Patrick Flannery in the title role and wonderful supporting performances by Jeff Goldblum, Lance Henrikson and Mary Steenburgen. Often people do not understand the movie because they are not satisfied by the acting and the story. Powder is a wonderful and touching movie that everyone should experience.


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