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Mary and Max (2009)

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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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Melodrama Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The blind man walking down the New York street looks like Barry Humphries and is reminiscent of his character Bert Schnick from Shock Treatment (1981). See more »

Goofs

When the story about the character (Max's upstairs neighbor's friend) who buys a Ferrari is told, the car is shown as having right-hand drive. It's extremely unlikely someone in the US would buy a right-hand drive Ferrari, although of course that would be common in Australia where the movie was made. 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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Crazy Credits

The end credits show animated portraits of the characters, with the actors names beneath them. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Zorba's Dance
Composed by Mikis Theodorakis
© 1965 EMI Miller Catlog Inc. All rights admin. & licensd by EMI Catalogue Patrnership Australia Pty Ltd.
Performed by The London Pops Orchestra
Conducted by Nelson Corbin
Courtesy of Hindsight Records
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Great Movie
26 May 2009 | by d-b_tas-1See all my reviews

I thought this movie was very well made. I can relate to Max's character, as i work with people who have Asperges Syndrome. The creator showed the audience what it is really like, in society, to have a mental disability of this kind. The use of gray colour with a splash of red when showing the scenes with Max, was very effective, and give the audience the sense of what Max was feeling. I saw this movie with work colleagues who also work with children with this disorder, and we were all curious to see how this disorder would be shown. We were all very pleased.

This movie shows the audience what people with asperges syndrome go through in day to day life, and how they don't understand things that most people would. As well as how they do/do not cope with some issues.

This movie is not for children. It is quite sad, but with some really funny parts. and for those who live in Melbourne, especially, you will understand some of the references.

I give this movie 10/10.

After 5 years in the making it is definitely worth watching


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