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Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 9 April 2009 (Australia)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

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Adam Elliot

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Adam Elliot
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Toni Collette ... Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)
Barry Humphries ... Narrator (voice)
Eric Bana ... Damien (voice)
Bethany Whitmore ... Young Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Renée Geyer Renée Geyer ... Vera Lorraine Dinkle (voice)
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ... Homeless Man (voice)
Julie Forsyth Julie Forsyth ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Flaus ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Massey ... 911 Operator (as Chris Massey)
Shaun Patten Shaun Patten ... Frankston Icebreaker Two (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ... New York Callgirl (voice)
Leanne Smith ... Post Office Customer (voice)
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Storyline

In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two unlikely people. Two different worlds come together in a story about a most unusual friendship. See more »


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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary & Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 156,169 (Australia), 9 April 2009, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,739,445
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Production Co:

Melodrama Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography lasted over 57 weeks, using 133 separate sets, 212 puppets, and 475 miniature props, including a fully functional Underwood typewriter. This took 9 weeks to design and build. See more »

Goofs

Mary's supermarket is shown using plastic bags in 1976. Supermarkets in Australia still used paper bags then, and plastic grocery bags did not come in until the 1980s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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The end credits show animated portraits of the characters, with the actors names beneath them. See more »

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Referenced in Sardonicast: Sardonicast #17: Plot Holes, Mary & Max (2018) See more »

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That Happy Feeling
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Performed by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra
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Unforgettable and Heartbreaking Bleak Tale of Friendship and Loneliness
3 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1976, in Australia, the misfit and outcast eight-year old girl Mary Daisy Dinkle lives in Mount Waverley with her alcoholic shoplifter mother Vera Lorraine Dinkle that is addicted in Sherry and her absent father Noel Norman Dinkle that works in the Earl Grey Factory attaching strings in the teabag and spends his leisure time in his hobby - taxidermy. Mary has absolutely no friends and is teased by her schoolmate Benny Clifford. She has a complex because of her brown birthmark in the forehead and she adores her favorite cartoon The Noblets that she watches with her rooster Ethel and condensed milk. Meanwhile, in New York, the lonely forty-four year-old Max Jerry Horowitz has Asperge Syndrome and trouble to sleep and is obese since he eats chocolate hot-dogs to compensate his anxiety. He frequently goes to the Overeaters Anonymous Meeting. Max does not have any friend, only the invisible Mr. Ravioli, and also loves The Noblets. His life goals are to have a friend, Noblets and chocolate. One day, Mary picks Max address out of an American phone-book and she decides to write to him to ask from where babies come in America. Along their lives, they become pen pals and their unusual friendship oscillates due to the anxiety attacks of the unstable Max.

"Mary and Max" is an unforgettable and heartbreaking bleak tale of friendship and loneliness. The story is bittersweet and witty, with an ironic black humor and provokes the most conflictive emotions in the viewers, funny in a moment, and depressive in the other. The excellent animation follows the dark style of Tim Burton and the screenplay is a profound insight in human behavior. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Mary and Max – Uma Amizade Diferente" ("Mary and Max – A Different Friendship")


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