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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.

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Joseph Kwong (screenplay), Paula Mazur (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 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 Colin Gibson ... Cruise Director
Bryan Probets 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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Be the hero of your own story. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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MySpace | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La isla de Nim See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,006,503, 22 August 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,074,624, 25 February 2009
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Walden Media See more »
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Dolby | DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jodie Foster beat out Portia de Rossi for the role of Alexandra Rover. See more »

Goofs

The depiction of Rarotonga as a primitive "native" island is very patronising. It is far more developed than that - the airport can even take jumbo jets. Also, they would never give coconuts to arriving tourists - they are considered so mundane, that they are used as pig food. See more »

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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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Referenced in Dadnapped (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay Up Late
(1985)
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth)
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc./Sire Records and EMI Records U.K.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and EMI Records U.K.
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Wow, this stinks out loud
11 June 2008 | by NavyOrionSee all my reviews

How much of a movie should one see before passing judgment on it? I took my 12-year-old daughter to see this one this afternoon. Twenty minutes in, she started whining "Da-a-a-a-a-a-d, this su-u-u-u-cks!" While I did disapprove of her choice of words, I had to agree with her assessment. We gave it another 15 minutes before going back to the cashier and asking for a refund.

Considering the talent being used (Jodie Foster and young Abigail Breslin, whose performances I have found winning in the past) I was surprised at the ridiculous presentation of the film. Every scene played out like a dream sequence from some better-done movie, coming off completely contrived and hollow. It was painful to see an actress like Jodie Foster reduced to such rubbish; I can't help but think that has the capacity to have turned in more a believable performance had she wanted to, but frankly this was not deserving of her best work.

Perhaps we missed something special in the 55 minutes we skipped, but there was certainly no sign of it on the horizon when we left. Children of 6 years or so may be entranced, but there are better children's films out there; why waste their time (and ruin their developing taste) with junk that no one even tried to make good?


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