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The Beaver (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama | 19 May 2011 (Germany)
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A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.

Director:

Jodie Foster

Writer:

Kyle Killen
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Walter Black
Cherry Jones ... Vice President
Jodie Foster ... Meredith Black
Anton Yelchin ... Porter Black
Riley Thomas Stewart ... Henry Black
Zachary Booth ... Jared
Jennifer Lawrence ... Norah
Jeff Corbett ... Volunteer Dad
Baylen Thomas ... Skeptical Man
Sam Breslin Wright ... Man
Kelly Coffield Park ... Norah's Mom
Michael Rivera Michael Rivera ... Hector
Kris Arnold ... Waiter
Elizabeth Kaledin Elizabeth Kaledin ... Reporter
Matt Lauer ... Matt Lauer
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Storyline

Walter Black ('Mel Gibson') is depressed and sleeps most of the day. It's driving his family crazy, and his wife Meredith (Jodie Foster) kicks him out. Walter starts carrying a beaver puppet and tries to commit suicide (unsuccessfully). He uses the puppet to talk to himself, trying to bolster his spirits, and is trying to rebuild his life. Through the beaver, the family begins to learn about Walter's history and problems, and as he continues rebuilding, the beaver shows us all a way to cope. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's here to save Walter's life.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Le complexe du castor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,577, 8 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$970,816
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Mel Gibson's son's name is Porter. Mel Gibson played a character named Porter in the film Payback (1999). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walter Black: This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual. Somewhere inside him is a man who fell in love. Who started a family. Who ran a successful company. That man has gone missing. No matter what he's tried, and he's tried everything, Walter can't seem to bring him back. It's as if he's died, but hasn't had the good sense to take his body with him. So mostly what he does is sleep.
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Crazy Credits

A letter or two from each cast/crew member remains and forms part of the next credit. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.16 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Frozen
Written by Ben Braun (as Ben L. Braun) and Ian Mackintosh (as Ian David Mackintosh)
Performed by Mackintosh Braun
Courtesy of Chop Shop Records/Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Watch it once ... then never again.
30 September 2011 | by Glock_BoySee all my reviews

Give it to Mel Gibson. The man can act. He is one of the best and does not disappoint.

I rented this simply because I couldn't take the curiosity any longer. I had no idea what it was about.

Every performance here is solid and believable and deep.

The movie is about depression. So don't be surprised if you are left feeling ... depressed. I was. The movie concluded with an upbeat feel, but left me yearning for more.

This is one of those movies that, well, you watched it; you knew you had to - kind of like Schindler's List - then you put it away to never visit it again because you know the emotional pain that it delivers.


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