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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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Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay), David Berenbaum (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their World Is Closer Than You Think See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jared was called "psycho" by his sister Mallory, Freddie Highmore (who plays Jared) also stars as Norman Bates, in Bates Motel (2013), which is a prequel television series to Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

The midnight fight starts at high moon, yet during the fight several shots are in broad daylight. 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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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory of Scott Rathner and Stuart Rosenberg See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

London Bridge Is Falling Down
(uncredited)
Written by Traditional
Performed by Jordy Benattar
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User Reviews

 
Bird! Bird! Bird!
10 March 2008 | by DancefloorTerroristSee all my reviews

Went to a UK preview tonight and this completely took me by surprise. A brilliant fantasy adventure which retains it's dignity and doesn't sell out for a cute Disney style box office attack.

The issues in it were quite good and realistic and it wasn't necessarily 'happy ever after' in the end. The scripting and the style of the piece reminded me of 'The Princess Bride'- although this is more of an action adventure than a comedy.

Well worth seeing, and there doesn't seem to have been much 'hollywood tailoring' such as there was with the Golden compass and Narnia...

As to the monsters / fairies- they were very well done indeed, quite believable considering they were computer generated.

Well worth seeing, but I have the feeling it won't get as much publicity as the usual run of the mill children's movie...

Why do I keep saying children's movie when I am 34?


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