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Night at the Museum (2006)

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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Director:

Shawn Levy

Writers:

Robert Ben Garant (screenplay), Thomas Lennon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Larry Daley
Carla Gugino ... Rebecca
Dick Van Dyke ... Cecil
Mickey Rooney ... Gus
Bill Cobbs ... Reginald
Jake Cherry ... Nick Daley
Ricky Gervais ... Dr. McPhee
Robin Williams ... Teddy Roosevelt
Kim Raver ... Erica Daley
Patrick Gallagher ... Attila the Hun
Rami Malek ... Ahkmenrah
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Christopher Columbus
Charlie Murphy ... Taxi Driver
Steve Coogan ... Octavius
Mizuo Peck ... Sacajawea
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Storyline

In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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At the Museum of Natural History, something unnatural is occurring. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(at around 1h 40 mins) The television news report mentioning cave drawings in the subway shows a quick shot of the 81st Street subway station in New York City, which is indeed the correct subway stop for the American Museum of Natural History. Many New York City subway stations include wall tiling that incorporates mosaics and artistic patterns in themes related to the station's neighborhood. The subway cave drawings shown in the film are actually part of the tile art in the station, relating to the museum itself. See more »

Goofs

(at around 15 mins) After Cecil scares Larry with the voodoo attire, Cecil removes the headpiece and his hair is messy. A second later without a break in conversation, Cecil's hair is neatly groomed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits have a 3-dimensional appearance -- and cast shadows and reflections on their backgrounds See more »

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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Ashley Slater (as Ashley William Slater), Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart), Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins), Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook), Mista Lawnge (as William R. McLean) and Andres Titus
Performed by Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Bootsy Collins appears courtesy of WEA Records Germany
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GREAT FUN, family or otherwise. Well worth your time and money.
23 December 2006 | by crazydave234See all my reviews

Excellent fun flick... and best movie Dinosaur in a long time ;-)

I promised my 8th grade nephew I'd take him to a movie this Christmas break - without his younger brothers and sisters. He originally wanted to see that dragon movie, but he found out it sucked, so I suggested this one.

With teens, there's the fine balance between too "kid" oriented and too dark, but he was laughing along the rest of the theater, and lost himself in the fun with the rest of us.

He wants to see it again, *I* want to see it again, and I recommend it for anyone with a sense of fun. It's also the first Ben Stiller movie in a while I can say that about. I hope you all reward the studio for putting out a true "family movie" for the holidays, so we'll see more in the future.

It was good to see Dick Van Dyke, Andy Rooney and Bill Cobbs in light, comic roles, and Robin Williams in a solid supporting role. They all lend the movie more "credibility."

GREAT FUN, easily worth 2 hours and $10.00, more than once over.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,433,781, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$250,863,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$574,481,229
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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