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Super 8 (2011)

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


J.J. Abrams


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 ... Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller ... Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths Jade Griffiths ... Benji Kaznyk
Britt Flatmo ... Peg Kaznyk
Elle Fanning ... Alice Dainard


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acadia See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,451,168, 12 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train crash was largely improvised - there was no set storyboard for this key event in the film. See more »


The sheriff's deputies were all wearing semi-automatic pistols. In 1979 (the year the movie takes place) revolvers were by far the most common side arm of American law enforcement. While there are rare examples of law enforcement carrying semi-auto pistols during the 70s (the Illionois State Police adopted the Smith and Wesson model 39 in 1968), it was the mid to late 80s before semi-auto pistols became widely used, especially among smaller, rural agencies. Some agencies did allow for officers to carry personal sidearms, including the semi-auto pistols of the day, and you might see an occasional officer doing so, but this would not account for every deputy of a small, rural agency carrying them. See more »


[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

There are no opening credits other than the title appearing on the screen. 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 »


Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »


Silly Love Songs
Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
Performed by Wings
Courtesy of MPL Communications Inc.
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This Super-(8)-GARBAGE gets 8+ rating on IMDb!
15 June 2011 | by fantastic_guyusSee all my reviews

Several other reviewers have aptly said what all I want to say about this pathetic excuse of a movie. The movie is boring, stupid & an utter thrash. Why SS would associate himself with it, we might never know.

The story meanders along slowly. The scenes are SUPER clichéd. You just know whats going to happen next. Majority of the film is in dark. Its annoying just like the other one produced by JJ, Cloverfield. The monster is always in the dark & we only get to see its glimpses & when we do its so frickin ugly that that in itself is a huge turn-off.

I don't know what people see in such stupid film-making that the rating goes 8+. I hope it will settle around a number that it truly deserves.

This isn't homage to Spielberg. Its an insult. SS classics not only had a good story & great direction but the monsters/aliens/dinosaurs were also "visible" in broad day light. Shooting in dark with few cut scenes of the "selling-point" of your movie is worst kind of film-making.

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