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Gimme Shelter (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 October 2014 (France)
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A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.

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Ron Krauss

Writer:

Ron Krauss
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Credited cast:
Brendan Fraser ... Tom Fitzpatrick
Vanessa Hudgens ... Agnes 'Apple' Bailey
Stephanie Szostak ... Joanna Fitzpatrick
Rosario Dawson ... June Bailey
James Earl Jones ... Frank McCarthy
Emily Meade ... Cassandra
Ann Dowd ... Kathy
Dascha Polanco ... Carmel
Candace Smith ... Marie Abeanni
Tashiana Washington ... Destiny / Princess
Ralph Rodriguez ... Church Attendee
Eddie Schweighardt ... Dustin
Peter Epstein ... Taxi driver
Andrea Cirie ... Clinic Nurse
Hector Lincoln ... June's Boyfriend
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Storyline

16 year old street-wise Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson), is an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive, and is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand but wants more from her life. She possesses a tenacious, tough, indomitable spirit, and will not surrender to fate. Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple's mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in. In the few days under her father's care, she learns she's become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. She is forced to leave her father's home because of her choice to give birth to the baby she is carrying. Apple runs away again, and is eventually taken under the wing of Father ... Written by MAriyah

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Sometimes you have to leave home to find your family.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language - all concerning teens. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Protège-moi See more »

Filming Locations:

Passaic, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$689,091, 26 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,359,563, 23 February 2014
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Trivia

Brendan Fraser & James Earl Jones donated their salaries from this film to the real life shelter it is based on. See more »

Quotes

June Bailey: You don't know what I ever wanted out of life. Look at me now. I deserve a second chance.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'I, Frankenstein and 'Gimme Shelter' (2014) See more »

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Not Much Time Left
Written by Mychael Danna
Performed by Mychael Danna
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The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved
1 February 2014 | by cjhorstkampSee all my reviews

"Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn't help you?" Matthew 25:44

This is a profound film which explores the bonds we share even with those we prefer to ignore. A film which celebrates our common humanity through a story of suffering. It's a gritty, heart-wrenching depiction of how impersonal and uncaring we can be.

The major film studios will not like this film. This is not their product. This is an independent film, part of the new cinematic democracy that threatens their historical control over the industry.

The mainstream movie theaters will not like this film. This is not a popcorn film. Concessions sales may remain flat.

Viewers who prefer light fare will not like this film. It is not a safe film. It's an engaging film that deals with real human truths. It's about fallen men and women who are unloved and unloving. Men who fail to love and protect women. Men who hurt and exploit women. Women who become broken and brutal. Women who become cold and heartless. And it's about people who choose to love.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11-12

The film has an incredible cast, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones and Rosario Dawson.


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