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Cloverfield (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 18 January 2008 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marlena Diamond
... Lily Ford
... Hudson 'Hud' Platt
... Rob Hawkins
... Jason Hawkins
... Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
... Bodega Cashier
Margot Farley ... Jenn
... Antonio
... Charlie
... Clark
... Heather
... Lei
... Travis
... 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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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

The only "score" composition for this film is an instrumental piece by Michael Giacchino played over the end credits, titled "Roar! (Cloverfield Overture)". This composition was intended to evoke the score of classic monster movies of the '50s and '60s (e.g. Godzilla). Roar! was not included on the soundtrack CD (which was packaged as a mix CD of music from Rob's surprise party), and as of 2011 has not been officially released on CD, but it was included when the soundtrack collection was later released on iTunes. See more »

Goofs

From the time Hud first spots the monster in the helicopter to the time the helicopter crashes is less then a minute, yet the time changes from night to sunrise. However, the military man that told them of the helicopter told them that the last helicopters would be in the air by 6:00 am. The time from the crash to the time when the camera restarted recording is unknown, but it is possible that the sun began rising at that point. Even their visibility in the helicopter was getting much better and looked like the early dawn. 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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Devil Inside (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Grown So Ugly
Written by Robert Pete Williams
Performed by The Black Keys
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
By Arrangement with Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.
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I haven't been this tense in a movie theater in sooooo long
26 January 2008 | by See 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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