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The Lovely Bones (2009)

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Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Jack Salmon
Rachel Weisz ... Abigail Salmon
Susan Sarandon ... Grandma Lynn
Stanley Tucci ... George Harvey
Michael Imperioli ... Len Fenerman
Saoirse Ronan ... Susie Salmon
Rose McIver ... Lindsey Salmon
Christian Ashdale ... Buckley Salmon
Reece Ritchie ... Ray Singh
Carolyn Dando Carolyn Dando ... Ruth Connors
Nikki SooHoo ... Holly (as Nikki Soohoo)
Andrew James Allen ... Samuel Heckler
Jake Abel ... Brian Nelson
AJ Michalka ... Clarissa
Tom McCarthy ... Principal Caden
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Storyline

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Written by Anonymous

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The story of a life and everything that came after...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovely Bones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,616, 13 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,818,839, 7 March 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,621,340, 5 January 2013
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The poster on Susie's bedroom door and the picture on the inside of her locker door are of David Cassidy. See more »

Goofs

When they exit the diner at the end of the movie, we see a steep cliff and large industrial buildings below. There is no cliff here. All the land here is fairly flat with gently rolling hills. Behind the diner is a SEPTA commuter rail line. Past the rail line are the athletic fields of Coatsville High School. The diner, the rail line and the high school campus are all at the same elevation. See more »

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Susie Salmon: [voiceover] I remember being really small; too small to see over the edge of a table. There was a snow globe, and I remember the penguin who lived inside the globe. He was all alone in there, and I worried for him.
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The Secret Place
(1983)
Written by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois
Performed by Brian Eno
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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My retort to all the bad reviews
2 January 2010 | by locatekyleSee all my reviews

After reading all the bad review's and not reading the book I went to see this film with not much expectation other than it would most likely be a visual feast and I was not let down. Wow it was glorious, stunning, beautiful etc. I didn't notice everything else that most of the people's bad reviews thought about it yes maybe a little sappy but it is a story about a young girl who gets killed before her time, before she has even had her first kiss, a fathers love for that child.. yada yada THAT IS VERY SAD. I thought that the CGI sequences flowed nicely from reality and back I wonder if some people have a chip on there shoulder about Peter Jackson because of his success from little old New Zealand when they just can't get a break even after years of film school yall must be very annoyed. I guess that had I gone in expecting one of the greatest films of all time I would have been disappointed but I was not at all unhappy with the film it is an enjoyable piece of art if anything maybe to many big name actors that I could not get past there previous roles (Stanley Tucci) possibly studio execs putting there clammy hands in the mix to maximize the box office, shame on you studio shame on you.


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