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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.

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Shawn Levy

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Robert Ben Garant (screenplay), Thomas Lennon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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

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When the lights go off, it's on. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$42,212,651, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$250,863,268, 24 June 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$574,480,841, 15 March 2009
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were only on-set together for one day. Stiller talked to a toothpick for the Jedediah scenes. Wilson filmed all of his parts three months later. See more »

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Not masterpiece but very entertaining piece of film history
9 March 2007 | by nko_123See all my reviews

Night at the Museum. The name tell's it all. I gotta to tell you; the idea of the movie is simply great. Maybe it's not very original idea, but who cares.

With 110 million dollar budget Shawn Levy has directed 110 minutes piece of film history. It's not the Casablanca or The Godfather. It's more piece of SFX history and one of the most entertaining Hollywood comedies of the year 2006. Also cinematography is amazing in some parts of the film and Alan Silvestri's music is great but in some scenes too big for the story.

Ben Stiller act like he have always done. Robin Williams on the supporting role is quite good. Actually, I don't anymore think why he won Oscar few years ago. Old actors Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney are making probably their last really big movie.

If you wan't spend quiet night watching a good popcorn movie, this is it. I saw it on the big screen and I don't think it's even nearly as good on the DVD and small TV.

7 of 10 with 7 reasons: - good idea - very entertaining - beautiful cinematography - good actors - beautiful beginning - good special effects - good music

3 reasons why not 10 of 10: - only the last part of the film was good on every scale - not so great direction in some scenes - too dramatic, powerful music for some scenes


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