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Knowing (2009)

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M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

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Alex Proyas

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Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay), Juliet Snowden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... John Koestler
Chandler Canterbury ... Caleb Koestler
Rose Byrne ... Diana
Lara Robinson ... Abby / Lucinda
D.G. Maloney ... The Stranger
Nadia Townsend ... Grace
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Reverend Koestler
Adrienne Pickering ... Allison
Joshua Long Joshua Long ... Younger Caleb
Danielle Carter ... Miss Taylor (1959)
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Miss Taylor (2009)
David Lennie David Lennie ... Principal Clark (1959)
Tamara Donnellan ... Lucinda's Mother
Travis Waite Travis Waite ... Lucinda's Father
Ben Mendelsohn ... Phil Beckman
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Storyline

In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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What Happens When The Numbers Run Out? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Know1ng See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,604,751, 22 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,957,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,593,586
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The perceptual phenomenon of people looking for patterns in randomness (number strings, faces in trees, shapes in clouds etc.) is called Apophenia. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) The gas station has gas pumps unlike anything found in the USA, and a sign that says "Ice Cold Beer." In Massachusetts gas stations are not allowed to sell beer. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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This is one excellent. Imaginative movie. Which could happen
27 November 2011 | by michaelthompsonmcgillSee all my reviews

I have read a lot of totally negative views about this film, and so I can only say that some people simply have no imagination.

"Knowing" works at every level. It is a brilliantly executed film. And the final is breathtaking.

I watched this film with my wife and we are not easily pleased movie watchers.

I find myself being critical of the negative reviews, because I am astounded at their lack of imagination.

Without imagination, we would never have had The Time Machine thanks to Herbert George Wells. This is just one example.

Another is Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters". Imagination is the key word here, and so many reviewers did not have any whatsoever.

Knowing kept my wife and I on the edge of our seats, it was clever, it was imaginative, it was first class.


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