During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

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J.J. Abrams

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J.J. Abrams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Courtney ... Joe Lamb
Jessica Tuck ... Mrs. Kaznyk
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Mr. Kaznyk
Ryan Lee ... Cary
Zach Mills ... Preston
Riley Griffiths ... Charles Kaznyk
Gabriel Basso ... Martin
Kyle Chandler ... Deputy Jackson Lamb
Ron Eldard ... Louis Dainard
AJ Michalka ... Jen Kaznyk
Andrew Miller Andrew Miller ... Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller Jakob Miller ... Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths Jade Griffiths ... Benji Kaznyk
Britt Flatmo ... Peg Kaznyk
Elle Fanning ... Alice Dainard
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Storyline

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. Written by Official site

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It arrives.


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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The film according to J.J. Abrams was homage to the producer of the film, Steven Spielberg, and his films of the 1970s ranging reverence from Spielberg's directorial films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) to Spielberg's produced films like The Goonies (1985). See more »

Goofs

When the deputies are eavesdropping on USAF communications via radio, an airman can be heard saying Lima (as in the NATO phonetic alphabet). However, he pronounces it the wrong way, saying "LIE-MUH" (as in the Ohioan city), rather than "LEE-MUH", which is the correct pronunciation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Kaznyk: I'm so worried for that boy.
Mr. Kaznyk: Joe's gonna be okay.
Mrs. Kaznyk: She was everything to him.
Mr. Kaznyk: Jack's gonna step up. He's a good man.
Mrs. Kaznyk: But he's never had to be a father before. I don't think he understands Joe.
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Crazy Credits

Charles's completed zombie movie is shown during the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical version some shot of Jen Kaznyk walk to Donny in the evacuation center are cut from the DVD version See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bye Bye Love
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by The Cars
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Nostalgia Not of the Cynical Kind
31 August 2011 | by csupermanSee all my reviews

It is nostalgia ridden like many other films have been this past decade, the only difference is it's not of the cynical kind.

The film's narrative FELT all over the place (probably more the plot than the narrative) - there was a certain tightness missing from this that was present in J.J. Abrams' previous film but, other than that, everything else did exactly what it's supposed to. The kids are both engaging and entertaining, the monster turns out to be quite frightening, the dialogue's great, the acting's great, visual effects, cinematography- everything's on point.

It felt like I was watching a proper film! I mean it seems too much to ask for from our blockbusters these days.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super 8 See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,451,168, 12 June 2011

Gross USA:

$127,004,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,095,986
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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