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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 »
1 win & 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 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lulu Mickelson, the daughter of producer/screenwriter Paula Mazur, appears briefly in the airport scene as a passenger waiting in line at the security checkpoint. See more »

Goofs

Alex takes a small plane to Rarotonga. The island of Rarotonga has an airport that can land a 747. There are direct flights from Hawaii and New Zealand. The only small airplane flights are to/from smaller neighboring islands. 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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Connections

Referenced in Castle: Tick, Tick, Tick... (2010) 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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10 April 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

My friends and I decided to see Nim's Island tonite, I work at a theater and have walked in on a couple parts and it looked cute, so I figured it might be a fun watch. Honestly, Nim's Island is a good family film, decent enough for a watch, but I'm a little disappointed with what I was expecting. Just I think the ideas are a little beyond out there and I don't think this is the type of film that is going to keep a lot of kid's attention. It's just not memorable, it has it's cute moments here and there, now Abigail Breslin pulls in a decent enough performance to make the film watchable, but again, like her last film Definitely Maybe, it seems like she's getting the star's bug, which worries me because she has so much potential and her performances she doesn't seem to care too much since her Oscar nomination. But it's Jodie Foster's performance that majorly disappointed me, it was too forced and made the story more ridicules that what it already was.

Nim is a little girl who lives on an island with her dad who is an adventurer. Now they have not told anyone where they are and their living place, good idea if they need help, right? Well, her dad goes on a research assignment, and gets hit by a nasty storm stranding him in the middle of no where. When Nim gets an E-Mail from famous author, Alex Rover, who she thinks is a real life hero, Alex wants answers about volcano's for her next book, but Nim wants help since she's alone on the island and her dad hasn't returned. Alex has one problem, she's agoraphobic, but gets the strength to go on an adventure and help Nim out with the help of her famous character Alex Rover to get through this Indiana Jones ordeal.

Nim's Island is a cute movie, I would never ever say in a million years that this is a bad movie, because it is worth a look. Just I would recommend that you wait for the rental, this is not the Horton Hears a Who of the year, it's a movie that is forgettable unfortunately, it just needed more help with the script and the actors needed to bring it a little more down to Earth since the story is supposed to be fairy tale like, you'll see what I mean if you see this movie. But like I said, wait for the rental, it's a nice family film, but isn't the best movie of Spring 2008.

5/10


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