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Sucker Punch (2011)

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A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

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Zack Snyder

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Zack Snyder (screenplay), Steve Shibuya (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Babydoll
Abbie Cornish ... Sweet Pea
Jena Malone ... Rocket
Vanessa Hudgens ... Blondie
Jamie Chung ... Amber
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Vera Gorski
Oscar Isaac ... Blue Jones
Jon Hamm ... High Roller / Doctor
Scott Glenn ... Wise Man
Richard Cetrone ... CJ
Gerard Plunkett ... Stepfather
Malcolm Scott ... The Cook
Ron Selmour ... Danforth
A.C. Peterson ... Mayor / Lighter Orderly (as AC Peterson)
Revard Dufresne Revard Dufresne ... Big Boss Thug / Orderly #3
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Storyline

A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days' time. Faced with unimaginable odds, she retreats to a fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum, plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it's too late... Written by Anonymous

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You Will Be Unprepared. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucker Punch: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,058,199, 27 March 2011

Gross USA:

$36,392,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,792,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There was originally a scene between the High Roller (Jon Hamm) and Babydoll (Emily Browning) where he seduces and makes love to her. The MPAA demanded it be cut down and the scene ended up looking like he was taking advantage of her. Zack Snyder felt it sent the wrong message, and ultimately cut the scene entirely, later featuring it in it's full form on the Director's Cut release. Zack Snyder and Emily Browning have been vocal about their displeasure about the situation. See more »

Goofs

When the priest is dropping Babydoll off from the orphanage, you initially see her signature head band placed behind her pigtails. As it cuts between her and Blue, you see it move to in front of them (probably because headbands tend to slip if not anchored, especially when there's movement involved) where it remains for the rest of he movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sweet Pea: Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures logos appear on a stage curtain, with the curtain rising to reveal each logo. A brief narrative precedes the Warner Bros logo appearing. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is an extended cut that is 18 minutes longer than the theatrical cut only available on Blu-ray. See more »

Connections

References The Singing Detective (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow Never Knows
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Produced by Marius De Vries and Tyler Bates
Performed by Alison Mosshart and Carla Azar
Alison Mosshart appears courtesy of Domino Recording Co.
Carla Azar appears courtesy of TBD Records and ATP Records
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Why Sucker Punch Works and why it will rock DVD sales
1 April 2011 | by GeneR777See all my reviews

I originally wrote a review the day after I saw Sucker Punch. I panned it. To me my initial feelings were rather lukewarm at best.

But then I gave it some time.

And as I went through my days afterward my mind would wander back to the story and think about the visual food for thought.

Yeah, the girls are hot. Yeah, the action is over the top, but if you look at the emotional landscape that is being explored in a more literal fashion via the action then yeah, this is a pretty cool idea.

Sometimes films come along that are a "sucker punch" in terms of originality. The general public usually reacts negatively to it which leads to poor box office results. But later on the audience has had a chance to digest what was given and revisits the film and breaths new life into it.

My prediction is that such a situation will happen with Sucker Punch. It'll probably not recoup its initial budget at the box office. People will flood the IMDb forum with reasons why it did not work. We will probably see about a few dozen threads at least where people will vent their reasons why they hate the film and why you too should not see it.

But given some time it will recoup via video sales and other distribution deals.

Why?

Because it's still a solid story. The style of the movie is an Otaku's wet dream, but overall result is still the same: it does surprise and give ample food for thought.

Think of it as stylized parable about repression, personal will and sacrifice. Because sooner or later after all the negative backlash and reviews blow by those emotional messages will be all that will be left.

And people will remember it for that reason.


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