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Cloverfield (2008)

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A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

Director:

Matt Reeves

Writer:

Drew Goddard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lizzy Caplan ... Marlena Diamond
Jessica Lucas ... Lily Ford
T.J. Miller ... Hudson 'Hud' Platt
Michael Stahl-David ... Rob Hawkins
Mike Vogel ... Jason Hawkins
Odette Annable ... Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Anjul Nigam ... Bodega Cashier
Margot Farley ... Jenn
Theo Rossi ... Antonio
Brian Klugman ... Charlie
Kelvin Yu ... Clark
Liza Lapira ... Heather
Lili Mirojnick ... Lei
Ben Feldman ... Travis
Elena Caruso ... Party Goer
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Storyline

Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. A group of friends throw a farewell party for Rob, who is leaving New York to go and work in Japan. However, as the party progresses, violent shakes and explosions herald the arrival of an unknown creature, which begins its rampage by throwing the head of the Statue of Liberty down into a street. As they go to investigate, an adventure deep into the streets of New York begins, as the friends are determined to rescue Rob's true love. Written by Pip Carlson

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1-18-08 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,146,546, 20 January 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$80,048,433, 10 April 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,764,026, 10 April 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One defense of the absence of children and the elderly in the film is that they're less likely to be out after midnight when the monster attack begins. The filmmakers would also have had several practical concerns with regarding using children, as (1) child labor laws prevent filmmakers from using child models at night, (2) children are more likely to disclose guarded information to the public, (3) children require added efforts to keep them safe, (4) underage models require an additional signature on the release form which creates delays and coordination problems, (5) the American public is very sensitive about the depiction of children being harmed. Children and the elderly are not entirely banished from the film: one old man can be seen when the Statue of Liberty's head lands in the street. The crying of a baby can be heard in one stairwell scene early in the film. See more »

Goofs

Coming through the Narrows from Lower New York Bay (off Coney Island, where the monster was awoken) and onwards to Liberty Island (where the monster first makes its presence felt) there's no straight-line path that would subsequently put the monster in lower Manhattan. If it continued on a straight line from here it would wind up in Jersey City or Union city. However this assumes that the creature would continue in a straight line. Given that the monster is a disoriented, angry sea creature, and that it negotiated the Narrows to stay in the water until it came across Liberty Island, it's not unreasonable that it returned to the Upper New York Bay after attacking the statue instead of pushing onwards over land. If it continued inland up the Bay, it would inevitably run into Manhattan Island as we see in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rob Hawkins: It's 6:42 AM. Beth's dad's place. He's out of town. And it's already a good day.
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Crazy Credits

During the Paramount and Bad Robot logos, ambiance can be heard faintly in the background. See more »

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Going Up?
Written and Performed by Stephan Sechi (as Stephan M. Sechi)
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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I haven't been this tense in a movie theater in sooooo long
26 January 2008 | by Awakening124See all my reviews

With all of the crazy viral marketing (that started way too early) some people were worried if it could live up to the hype. It COMPLETELY surpassed my expectations, and I went in expecting it to be good in the first place. Once things pick up and start rolling about 15 minutes in, I didn't relax until the credits started rolling. Yes, they give you a few brief moments to catch your breath, but even then you're still on edge, waiting for the next attack. I can't imagine this movie being executed in any way other than the hand held approach. They somehow managed to pull off SEVERAL absolutely beautiful shots/camera angles while still fitting into the hand held setting. The acting and dialog is so natural that it doesn't feel like they're acting a script...at ALL. It's incredibly intense, you're really pulled into the character's corners, and it's filmed wondrously. If you get motion sickness easily, you'll probably want to wait 'till this is out on DVD. Other than that...GO SEE THIS MOVIE. It's one of the greatest monster movies of all time. Actually...scratch that...it's THE greatest monster movie of all time.


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