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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:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Loggia were considered for the role of Cecil Fredericks. See more »

Goofs

When Larry and Nick are in Central Park at the beginning of the movie, the building with two towers is visible behind Larry. When they turn to leave the park, the building is still behind Larry. However, in the immediate scene following, the same building is now in front of Nick and Larry. See more »

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[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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Spoofs The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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Tequila
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Written by Chuck Río (as Chuck Rio)
Performed by The Champs
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Finally, a real family film
25 December 2006 | by Lady_ArwynSee all my reviews

What a cast! Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams, Dick VanDyke, Mickey Roney, Bill Cobbs...

I'm not a Stiller fan, but in this one he was really great, he steps out of his usual shtick to really anchor this movie. For once he doesn't seem to be trying too hard and avoids overdoing it.

This is one of Robin Williams' better modern roles, he's toned down but still quintessentially Williams. It was nice to see him in a role that he can both take seriously *and* have some fun with it.

Owen Wilson is still awesome, basically reprising his Shanghai Noon character, but with a cute, rather unexpected twist.

Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs are classic, they haven't lost a step. Rooney is still the little bantam rooster with the attitude! Van Dyke clearly anchors the trio. Cobbs wasn't given much to work with for his character, but his quality shines through. These veteran comedic actors bring a bit of class and legitimacy to the film.

The movie is well paced, jumping almost directly into the action, with plenty of laughs. From Rexie's puppy-dog antics to the war between Old West Cowboys and Roman Centurians, there is something around every corner.

The only stinker in this film is the kid. He's totally under-utilized for the storyline, they could have improved the storyline by either leaving the kid out of the movie entirely, or by giving him something to do. The pseudo-love-interest, too, should have either been played up or left out.

This is an entirely enjoyable family film. My 87 year old grandmother-in-law loved it, as did my 9 year old daughter and my teenage sons! Truly something for everyone.


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