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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

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Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

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Mark Waters

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... Jared Grace / Simon Grace
Mary-Louise Parker ... Helen Grace
Nick Nolte ... Mulgarath
Sarah Bolger ... Mallory Grace
Andrew McCarthy ... Richard Grace
Joan Plowright ... Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick
David Strathairn ... Arthur Spiderwick
Seth Rogen ... Hogsqueal (voice)
Martin Short ... Thimbletack (voice)
Jordy Benattar Jordy Benattar ... Young Lucinda Spiderwick
Tod Fennell ... Helen's Co-Worker
Mariah Inger Mariah Inger ... Nurse
Jeremy Lavalley Jeremy Lavalley ... Tow Truck Driver
Lise Durocher-Viens Lise Durocher-Viens ... Mrs. Spiderwick
Tyler Patrick Jones ... Additional Performer
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Storyline

Once upon a time, upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of fairies and other creatures. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames it all on Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and of the creatures that inhabit it. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,740,537, 17 February 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$71,195,053

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$162,839,667
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bulk of the events of the film take place in one day. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 13 mins) During the fight scene in the house, Jared throws several tomato bombs at the invaders. He is shown having only 1 in his hand throughout the scene. But when he throws the bomb a new one appears in his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helen Grace: [the Grace family arrive to the Spiderwick estate house] There it is. Pretty much how I remember it. I was younger than you last time I was here, Simon
Mallory Grace: Well, it's big.
Simon Grace: Yeah, so I can get bigger pets here, right Mom?
Helen Grace: Sure! Get a cow. Get a whole flock.
Simon Grace: [Simon smiles] Herd.
Helen Grace: That, too. What do you think, Jared? Jared?
Helen Grace: [as Jared listens to his headphones ignoring Helen] Okay, here we go.
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In Loving Memory of Scott Rathner and Stuart Rosenberg See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 22 September 2011 (2011) See more »

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London Bridge Is Falling Down
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Special-Effects Make It Fun
21 August 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is another of those fantasy films that serves its purpose in that it entertains, no matter what the age. It's not among the elite in its genre, but it is a story that hooks you in by the 20-minute mark and you just go along for the ride, mainly to see how things will turn out.

There is good suspense in here, enough to make adults care about what happens, not just kids. There also are some scary scenes that are probably too much for small kids, but fine for teens on up. In all, you get a good mix of horror, comedy, fantasy and drama all rolled into one odd (fantasy) story.

Child acting star Freddie Highmore, who seems to get cast in a lot of these fantasies (Charlie And The Chocolate Family," "August Rush," "Arthur And The Invisibles," and "The Golden Compass") has a dual role in here, playing brothers "Jared"and "Simon Grace." Freddie is a fine actor, so no problem in that department. I hate to hear child actors, using God's name as exclamations, though, but that's not Highmore's doing. The only other annoyance is the frequent shouting with an older sister. However, once the adventure kicks into high gear, the arguing stops as the kids try to solve their major dilemma as a unit.

Nick Nolte plays the big villain, "Mulgarath." but his role is surprisingly small. It's all those ugly, nasty little creatures who surround the house, who are the "bad guys." There are a number of somewhat scary scenes involving them, enough to entertain the post-pre-adolescent crowd.

The star of the film isn't Freddie or the actors, or the story.....it's the special-effects, which are very good and a lot of fun to watch, from little beings to monsters to fairies to whatever. I saw this on Blu-Ray and it really looks good. All of it is very colorful and entertaining to view, making this a film fun for both kids and adults.


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