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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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Details

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:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,571,417, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$15,051,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,334,176
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in December 1976. See more »

Goofs

Arthur Lewis received the envelope from NASA at the office informing him that he had been rejected from the program, but when he comes home his wife holds the envelope and already knows the news. 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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Connections

Referenced in Moviemaking in Virginia: Take 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Scarlet Begonias
Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
Performed by Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Courtesy of Grateful Dead Productions
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Like it, or like it not, the truth behind the Box
17 September 2009 | by nikronSee all my reviews

This film just opened a film festival in Lund, Sweden, weeks before the official release. Although the film didn't make a massive impression on me, I definitely found it worthwhile.

It is a film that makes you think. The pace is slow, scary at times and gradually building a mood of mystery. Although confusing in the beginning, there is an explanation to it, like it or like it not. Satisfying to some, adding to the feeling of mystery to others.

It would be interesting to see the original short film the plot is based upon, in particular to see how the message could be delivered in a more condensed manner.

James and Frank were convincing, although Cameron doesn't quite deliver, perhaps not her genre.


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