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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

See the side of the museum you won't see on the tour. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Teddy's infatuation for Sacagawea can be disputed, as the real Theodore Roosevelt openly held prejudices against Native Americans, believing them to be "savages". Though the wax model does emphasize the difference between his real-life counterpart and himself, he describes the former as being more of a positive figure. This is quite ironic given that the wax Teddy does not once display any racial-based disdain for Sacagawea's people, unlike the former U.S. President. See more »

Goofs

Theodore Roosevelt was known to have a high-pitched, squeaky voice due to being a severe asthmatic. However, Teddy explains that he is a wax figure of Roosevelt designed to appear very heroic, so it makes sense that he'd have a deeper, more resonant voice, not unlike Robin Williams. 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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Well... I laughed! So did everyone in the theater.
22 December 2006 | by mreliaeSee all my reviews

Don't go into this movie expecting a complex plot and deep insight into the human condition. The story and plot are lightweight but that doesn't matter too much. The characters are likable enough and the situation is definitely full of possibilities.

The humor is silly and well-done slapstick without much in the way of vulgarity. I especially enjoyed the antics and heroics of the miniature Cowboys, Mayans and Romans. (Though my inner stickler was a tad annoyed with slight shifts in their scale.)

I recommend it for family viewing. My 8-year-old was in stitches AND asking me questions about history after the movie.


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