After Charlie survives a car crash that kills his younger brother, he is given the gift of seeing the spirits of his brother and others who he has lost, and must use his powers to save the woman he loves from impending disaster.

Director:

Burr Steers

Writers:

Craig Pearce (screenplay), Lewis Colick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zac Efron ... Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie Tahan ... Sam St. Cloud
Amanda Crew ... Tess Carroll
Augustus Prew ... Alistair Woolley
Donal Logue ... Tink Weatherbee
Kim Basinger ... Claire St. Cloud
Ray Liotta ... Florio Ferrente
Dave Franco ... Sully
Matt Ward ... Connors
Miles Chalmers Miles Chalmers ... Latham
Jesse Wheeler Jesse Wheeler ... Greene Student
Desiree Zurowski ... Carla Ferrente
Adrian Hough ... Ben Carroll
Jill Teed ... Grace Carroll
Valerie Tian ... Girl in Toy Store
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Storyline

Fatherless golden high school boy Charlie St. Cloud had a golden future, handsome, popular and admitted to Stanford on a scholarship, even recruited for a prestigious yacht sailing team. But shortly after graduating, Charlie feels existentially guilty about the death of his doting, beloved kid brother Sam whom he was driving to a playmate when a crashing car killed the junior. Charlie pledges to continue the baseball practice he promised to continue until entering Stanford, which he now ditches fro a menial job as graveyard keeper, while their mother shamelessly moved out of state, and tends to the grave of his Vietnam-killed former school buddy Sully, the second ghost who binds his sole to their beach home town. He's finally tempted to start living his own life again when he meets a female sailor his age about to embark on a transatlantic voyage and spends a ho night, but still can't 'leave Sam'. Only when he hears the authorities give up searching for her, having gone missing at sea... Written by KGF Vissers

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Life is for living See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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The part played by Augustus Prew was originally written as a slightly older Russian immigrant; however, Burr Steers had the part rewritten when he saw the audition tape that Prew sent him from London. See more »

Goofs

Charlie mispronounces the location of the Red Sox's AAA team in Pawtucket, RI, as "PAW-tuck-it." It is actually "paw-TUCK-it" and, since most locals pronounce it "puh-TUCK-it" - with the "aw" part barely vocalized - this is how most people associated with the Red Sox organization pronounce it as well. See more »

Quotes

Sam St. Cloud: Just can't wait, can you?
Charlie St. Cloud: Sully and Green leave for basic training in a week.
Sam St. Cloud: No, Charlie, I mean to get out here.
Charlie St. Cloud: C'mon. I'm gonna see you all the time.
[Charlie smiles and puts his arm around Sam's seat]
Sam St. Cloud: That's what Dad said.
Charlie St. Cloud: Yeah, but I'm not Dad.
[Charlie unwraps his arm from Sam's seat]
Charlie St. Cloud: I'm not gonna ditch you, Sam. I'm not gonna ditch you.
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Featured in 2011 MTV Movie Awards (2011) See more »

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Baby Rhys Blues
Written by Nick South, Padraic McKinley, Michael Simkin
Performed by The McKinley South Experience featuring Mick Simkins
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Charlie St. Cloud's a bit of an Oddity
26 September 2017 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

Charlie is a very good looking movie, it's got style, production values, promising performances, a fairly convincing story- line (if a little odd) and a good score - although I thought Charlie, who was supposed to adore his little brother, could have appeared a little less of a bully toward him (modern 'clowning' around I suppose). Otherwise, the relationship was OK. We don't find out too much about what happened to their father and the mother (Kim Basinger) for some unexplained reason goes away early in the story, never to return. She was obviously just a star turn. The movie overall has an otherworldly, haunted feel to it and leaves us wondering if Charlie's grief has left him hallucinating or that he actually can see ghosts? It gets a bit cloying and maybe heads off-track when he sees the 'ghost' of a girlfriend who may, or may not, actually be dead.

Anyone liking Ghost-type stories with youth oriented themes should be happy with the outcome but it might not always be pleasing for many others.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,381,585, 1 August 2010

Gross USA:

$31,162,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,190,704
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