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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")
6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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You Are The Experiment 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:

Kutija 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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Berlinski "borrowed" the moral dilemma of the Button in order to score an obscure rhetorical point in a debate against Christopher Hitchens. See more »

Goofs

The license plates show 7 characters. In Virginia, in 1976, the auto license plates had larger letters/numbers & were always 3 letters with 3 numbers, also with a month sticker on the upper left with the year sticker in the upper right of the plate. Some of the cars in this movie show 7 number/letter combinations in a smaller "font" and with only a year sticker. See more »

Quotes

Norma Lewis: Can you tell me what happened?
Arthur Lewis: [confused] I need a drink.
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Knocking on Doors
Written by Craig Braginsky
Performed by Neil Young
Courtesy of BMG special projects
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Press the button and you will lose 2 hours of your life.
8 February 2010 | by darrell-19See all my reviews

I know that so many reviews on IMDb are extreme, with reviewers either praising a film to the hilt or inarticulately tearing it to pieces. I find neither of these kind of reviews helpful, and so I do not give this film the awful review I am about to, lightly. The film is art-house science-fiction of the worst kind dressed up as a Hollywood blockbuster. The trailers draw you in by showing you what appears to be a cohesive plot, but is actually just a tiny part of a wilfully baffling series of events which are never properly resolved. I like films which challenge the viewer and I do not need to be spoon-fed a plot, and so my complaint against this film is not that it is too highbrow. No - the film is just terrible. As the credits roll you will feel genuine anger at having wasted your time on Cameron Diaz's wooden acting and a faltering plot-line. Avoid.


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