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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 ... 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 »

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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

Jodie Foster approached originally Kristen Stewart for the role of Norah, remembering their experience in Panic Room (2002), but the actress was committed to the Twilight franchise. 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 »

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References Dead Poets Society (1989) See more »

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Swim Until You Can't See Land
Written by Grant Hutchison, Scott Hutchison, David William Lawrence Kennedy (as David Kennedy), and Andy Monaghan
Performed by Frightened Rabbit
Courtesy of FatCat Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Gibson Good As 'The Beaver'
7 October 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Wow, this is an odd movie. Well, kudos for the originality and the ability, I assume, to keep most people tuned to the screen for the hour-and-a-half.

I think the lure of the film is it gets you involved to the point where you just have to find out how all this insanity is going to wind up although - except for one shocking twist - it's fairly predictable.

In fact, the film becomes very close to being a "movie of the week" or Lifetime -TV stage, but Gibson's character and the great dialog and voice of "The Beaver" (Gibson sounding exactly like Ray Winstone), snaps it back to a story that re-grabs your attention, time after time, with the darkness of mental illness.

Gibson is great as "Walter Black" and Jodie Foster and the rest of the cast hold their own in here.

The film is worth a look; just don't take it seriously as some treatise on depression. It does have some dark, scary moments in between the comedy and melodrama. It's unique in that aspect.


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