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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director:

Stephen Daldry

Writers:

Eric Roth (screenplay), Jonathan Safran Foer (novel)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Thomas Schell
Thomas Horn ... Oskar Schell
Sandra Bullock ... Linda Schell
Zoe Caldwell ... Oskar's Grandmother
Dennis Hearn Dennis Hearn ... Minister
Paul Klementowicz ... Homeless Man
Julian Tepper Julian Tepper ... Deli Waiter
Caleb Reynolds Caleb Reynolds ... Schoolboy
John Goodman ... Stan the Doorman
Max von Sydow ... The Renter
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Walt the Locksmith
Lorna Pruce ... Locksmith Customer (as Lorna Guity Pruce)
Viola Davis ... Abby Black
Jeffrey Wright ... William Black
Hazelle Goodman ... Hazelle Black
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Storyline

A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. Until a year later, he discovers a mysterious key in his father's belongings and embarks on a scavenger hunt to find the matching lock, just as he used to when his father was alive. On this journey he is bound to meet a lot of people and learn a lot about himself and his family, but will he ever find the lock? Written by Koro

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Extremely Sweet & Incredibly Heartwarming


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional thematic material, some disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,775, 30 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,847,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,247,881
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Horn came to the attention of Stephen Daldry when, at the age of 12, he won 31,800 dollars on a "Kids Week" episode of the television series Jeopardy! (1984), that aired July 8, 2010 (a date Thomas mentions at 00:44 in the special feature "Finding Oskar" on the Blu-ray disc). See more »

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A Megabus drives by in a scene where Oskar is walking through Manhattan. Megabus didn't start service in NYC until May of 2008. (The bus is red at 1:03:19, blue at 1:03:32.) See more »

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Oskar Schell: There are more people alive now than have died in all of human history, but the number of dead people is increasing. One day, there isn't going to be any room to bury anyone anymore. So, what about skyscrapers for dead people, that are built down. They could be underneath the skyscrapers for living people, that are built up. We could bury people 100 floors down. And a whole dead world could be underneath the living one.
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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Cleo's Back
Written by Willie Woods (as Willie J. Woods)
Performed by Little Freddie King
Courtesy of Orleans Records
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An Opportunistic Mess
25 December 2011 | by littlemartinarocenaSee all my reviews

What is this? and then, how is it possible? The most unbearable, sentimental, opportunistic piece of nonsense I've seen all year. Top notch talents put themselves at the service of this jarring tale lead by Thomas Horn a young actor, talented I'm sure, but here, he is utterly unpleasant. A precious child with a jarring voice that should be stopped, now! The intention of the director, Stephen Daldry, Eric Roth, the writer,yes, Eric Roth! Unbelievable! it's crystal clear. To build a tear jerker around the defining tragedy of 9/11. How appallingly dishonest. My only question remaining is: are audiences going to fall for this trick? Quite honestly, I don't think that's possible and not even the attraction of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in the cast are going to lure, unsuspecting movie goers to the theaters. I'm giving it a 2 and not a 1 out of respect for Max Von Sydow, Zoe Caldwell, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright.


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