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Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

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Charlie's brother, Sam, dies in a car crash that Charlie survives. Charlie is given the gift of seeing his dead brother and others who he has lost such as his friend who died in the military, but when the girl he falls in love with's life is at risk, he must choose between his girlfriend and his brother.

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Burr Steers

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Craig Pearce (screenplay), Lewis Colick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... 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

Charlie St. Cloud is a young man overcome by grief at the death of his younger brother, Sam - so much so that he takes a job as caretaker of the cemetery in which his brother is buried. Charlie has a special lasting bond with his brother though, as he can see him, meeting up with Sam each night to play catch and talk. When a girl comes into Charlie's life, he must choose between keeping the promise he made to Sam or going after the girl he loves. Written by CBlodg / edited by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Life is for living

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,162,545, 16 September 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,190,704, 16 September 2010
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The green restaurant by the wharf named "Flynn's Reach" is actually the legendary "Molly's Reach" from The Beachcombers TV series in Gibsons, BC. It was temporarily renamed and painted green for the filming. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie's EKG is 'flat-lining' (asystole), the paramedic defibrillates him. Defibrillation only works when there is pre-existing electrical activity in the heart, if the patient doesn't have any electrical activity ('flat-lining') resuscitation it achieved with drugs and CPR. See more »

Quotes

Sam St. Cloud: Mom's gonna kill us!
Charlie St. Cloud: Don't worry. I'll take the blame.
Sam St. Cloud: God, I hurt so much.
[Florio's flashlight shines near their car]
Sam St. Cloud: What's that?
Charlie St. Cloud: They're looking for us.
Sam St. Cloud: Who?
Charlie St. Cloud: I don't know.
Sam St. Cloud: Whatever happens, please, just don't leave me okay?
Charlie St. Cloud: I won't.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Zac Efron, Leading Man (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Helicopter
Written by Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Kele Okereke (as Rowland Okereke), Matt Tong (as Matthew Tong)
Performed by Bloc Party
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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Courtesy of Wichita Records
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It's not 'The Sixth Sense' but Zac Efron delivers...
11 November 2010 | by rizzy9999See all my reviews

Charlie St Cloud is the type of movie many people will love to hate. The plot is simply contrived and the script is somewhat identical to Shyamalan's film "The Sixth Sense" yet I was very much moved by the story of Charlie St. Cloud and by Zac Efron in the title role. It looks like Zac is going out of his way to shred that teenage 'High School Musical' image that he is now known for.

When we first meet Efron in the title role he looks to be a young man with a bright future. A scholarship to Stanford awaits as he graduates high school from his New England coastal town where he enjoys sailing with his younger brother Charlie Tahan. The two share some heart warming chemistry as brothers, those who have younger siblings will understand the brotherly love between the two.

However, a cruel trick of fate puts the two of them in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. Both die, but a determined, spiritual paramedic played by Ray Liotta manages to bring Efron back.

As per an agreement they made minutes before the crash, Zac and Charlie still meet in the woods every day to play catch and work on Charlie's baseball skills. It's all Efron lives for. By some trick of fate he can communicate and see his deceased brother. Efron's forgotten Stanford and he now works at the local graveyard, to be close Charlie so that He can fulfil the promise he made.

I won't go into it too much except that the climax is something that we have seen before yet it is still touching and shows that we must learn that the true value of life is to live and let live.

I came out of the cinema feeling good and that is what the film is all about- loving life. My only criticism is that Liotta and Kim Basinger(as the mother) don't have enough screen time, although i must say that Liotta still manages to impress even with this small supporting role. Zac Efron and Charlie Tahan deliver strong performances as the two brothers and Amanda Crew is pretty decent. The film is beautifully shot and the scenery is quite breathtaking at times.

We've seen quite a few romantic dramas this year(Dear John, The Last Song)- but this has to be one of the most touching(not the most original i must say) but still, it'll make you feel good inside. So my advice is go watch the movie or rent it when it comes out on DVD and don't believe those critics who's job it is to tell us how bad the movie must be just because it didn't earn $100 million at the box office.


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