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Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 20 March 2009 (USA)
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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

Writers:

Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay), Juliet Snowden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... Miss Taylor (2009)
David Lennie David Lennie ... Principal Clark (1959)
Tamara Donnellan 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 »


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

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Film debut of Liam Hemsworth. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) When John is driving Diana and the kids in his car and explaining how his wife died in a fire, his hands on the steering wheel aren't moving. The wheel is frozen in one spot, which would not keep the car on the road. See more »

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Miss Taylor: Everyone inside now!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2016) See more »

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Not as bad as the reviews say
30 July 2017 | by davispittmanSee all my reviews

Knowing is one of Nicholas Cage's lesser films, that's true, but it's nearly as bad as the majority of the critics reviews. Knowing is a science fiction film starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne. The plot surrounds children who are able to tell when the worlds most horrific disasters and atrocities happened. Figuring out how these kids know these things and what the numbers mean is really what the entire movie is about. The performances are pretty good from the two leads. Byrne and Cage both turn in believable performances. I think that the script was average, the writers did their job, it's nothing spectacular but it suffices. The idea of the movie was very interesting and it's executed well for the most part. There are some parts of the movie that do feel kind of lackluster but they pale in comparison to the ending and how interesting it turns out to be. Some people said they thought the ending was too weird and random but I think it was unexpected and cool. And I think the way in which it ended gave the film a meaning. Overall yes I would recommend Knowing, it's not one I'd go to automatically when recommending films to people but I would say it's a fairly interesting watch. 7/10.


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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,604,751, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$79,957,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,658,498
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2.35 : 1
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