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Nim's Island (2008)

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A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Writers:

Joseph Kwong (screenplay), Paula Mazur (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Abigail Breslin ... Nim Rusoe
Jodie Foster ... Alexandra Rover
Gerard Butler ... Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover
Michael Carman ... Captain
Mark Brady ... Purser
Anthony Simcoe ... First Mate
Christopher James Baker ... Ensign (as Christopher Baker)
Maddison Joyce Maddison Joyce ... Edmund
Peter Callan ... Edmund's Father
Rhonda Doyle ... Shirley - Edmund's mother
Russell Butler Russell Butler ... Old Fisherman
Colin Gibson ... Cruise Director
Bryan Probets ... Australian Tourist #1
Andrew Nason Andrew Nason ... Australian Tourist #2
Dorothy Thorsen Dorothy Thorsen ... Blue-Haired Woman
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Storyline

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Your adventure starts here. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Alex is running on the hall in Borneo Airport, there's poster on the wall that promotes Jogja Tourism. Jogja (Yogyakarta) is a different province in Indonesia located on a completely different island, Java Island. See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) When Alex Rover is trying to convince Alexandra Rover to go outside to the taxi, they show the door is latched. In the next scene Alex Rover walks over to the door and the latch is undone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nim Rusoe: My dad always told me stories about her- How she was this great oceanographer. Stories about the baby they had and how my mom just had to name her... Nim. She invented that name. At least that's how my dad tells the story. That's all my mother is to me now- just these stories. But they're really some amazing stories. Like the one he calls "The Oceanographer and the Great Blue Whale". Once upon a time, the oceanographer went out on the wide-open sea to find out what was in the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Nim's Island, Our World: A Reel Thinking Event (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Day
(2000)
Written by Adam Clayton, The Edge (as Dave Evans), Bono (as Paul David Hewson), and Larry Mullen Jr. (as Larry Mullen)
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A good family friendly movie with two story lines
25 April 2008 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) Nim's Island is a beautiful uncharted island located in the south Pacific, occupied only by a young girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin) and her father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler), a research scientist studying microscopic marine organisms. Nim is an avid reader who loves to read Alex Rover adventure stories. On the island, Nim lives her life as if it were a wonderful adventure story surrounded by her animal friends, Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the 300 pound seal. Jack is about to take Nim on a two day research trip looking for protozoa, but Nim begs to be left behind so she can help the hatching baby sea turtles. Jack reluctantly leaves Nim behind and sails out to sea. While he is away, Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) the author of the Rover books emails Jack to get his knowledge about volcanoes for her next book. Nim replies thinking he is the great adventurer Alex Rover. Everything goes well until a huge storm hits the island and Jack becomes lost at sea. Alone and scared, Nim emails Alex Rover asking him to come to her island and find her dad. The only problem is that Alex Rover is a woman, and she is agoraphobic and can't leave the house. Alexandra knows that this is a life or death situation and Nim needs help. Alexandra leaves the confines of her home and travels to the island to help Nim.

(My Comment) This is a family friendly movie with two story lines, Nim's story and Alexandra's story. Abigail Breslin was a delight in the title role as Nim. Kids will love Nim's animal friends, especially, the lizard named Fred. I believe kids will think lizards can really do the things this lizard does, and they will beg their parents to get them one. However, I liked the real animal hero, the pelican Galileo, who helped Jack at sea. Gerard Butler played two parts as Alex and Jack and performed them very well. Some of his scenes were so funny, that he cracked me up. Jodi Foster as a neurotic writer played her part well, but I think she was miscast. The movie had humor, adventure, an island volcano, flying lizards, and other adorable animals. The movie was made for the younger audience, and the kids will love it, and adults will enjoy it. (Walden Media, Run Time 1:35, Rated PG)(6/10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bowen, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,210,579, 6 April 2008

Gross USA:

$48,006,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,104,565
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walden Media See more »
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Dolby | DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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