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The Box (2009)

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A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

Director:

Richard Kelly

Writers:

Richard Kelly (screenplay), Richard Matheson (short story "Button, Button")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Norma Lewis
James Marsden ... Arthur Lewis
Frank Langella ... Arlington Steward
James Rebhorn ... Norm Cahill
Holmes Osborne ... Dick Burns
Sam Oz Stone Sam Oz Stone ... Walter Lewis
Gillian Jacobs ... Dana
Celia Weston ... Lana Burns
Deborah Rush ... Clymene Steward
Lisa K. Wyatt ... Rhonda Martin
Mark S. Cartier ... Martin Teague (as Mark Cartier)
Kevin Robertson Kevin Robertson ... Wendell Matheson
Michele Durrett Michele Durrett ... Rebecca Matheson
Ian Kahn ... Vick Brenner
John Magaro ... Charles
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Storyline

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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All you have to do is push the button. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Box See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,571,417, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,045,676, 3 January 2010
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Norma Lewis (Cameron Diaz) tells her son's friends that she is only 35 years old. Although Diaz was 37 years old when the film was released, she was indeed 35 in reality at the time of filming, in 2007. See more »

Goofs

The protagonist's disappointment in not being elected for the astronaut program makes little sense as the MAJORITY of people who applied (and who apply) for the program are rejected. In fact, he should have been more surprised that he had been chosen than that he was not. It's unlikely that he would have been "depending" upon the selection for his future as the odds of being selected would be so remote. See more »

Quotes

Arlington Steward: There are 2 ways to enter the final chamber; free or not free, the choice is ours.
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Features What's Happening!! (1976) See more »

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Bell Bottom Blues
Written by Eric Clapton
Performed by Derek & The Dominos (as Derek and the Dominos)
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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Stupid Stupid Stupid
25 January 2010 | by cpatt58See all my reviews

This was one of the more moronic movies I have ever seen. The plot is promising, family get a million bucks if they push a button on the box. After this, it become real stupid. Cameron Diaz is very wooden during the movie, about as emotional as a rock. This is in stark contrast to her acting in "My Best Friend's Wedding." She acting was so boring, I had to stick myself with my straw just to keep awake. The scene kept changing from one strange view to the next. You couldn't keep up with it. Very confusing and weird. Just when you got a little comfortable, things changed in a much stranger mode. And the ending sucked beyond words. A terrible movie and one not worth even a trip to NextFlicks. Take our word and don't get this movie.


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