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Take Shelter (2011)

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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

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Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Curtis
Jessica Chastain ... Samantha
Tova Stewart ... Hannah LaForche
Shea Whigham ... Dewart
Katy Mixon ... Nat
Natasha Randall Natasha Randall ... Cammie
Ron Kennard Ron Kennard ... Russell
Scott Knisley Scott Knisley ... Lewis
Robert Longstreet ... Jim
Heather Caldwell ... Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen Sheila Hullihen ... Woman in Road
John Kloock John Kloock ... Man in Road
Marianna Alacchi ... Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic Jacque Jovic ... News Anchor
Bob Maines Bob Maines ... Walter Jacobs
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Storyline

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. Written by napierslogs

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Far away from the cruel world. [Scandinavian DVD.]

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2011 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

Take Shelter See more »

Filming Locations:

Oberlin, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,041, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$1,730,296

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,099,314
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The drilling rig, used by Curtis and Dewart, displays the name of an actual drilling company, "McKay and Gould" of Darlington, PA; just outside East Palestine, OH, approximately 60 miles SE of two of the three filming sites of Lorain and Grafton, OH. See more »

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When Samantha is trying to sell a pillow to the woman in the market scene. Some extras can be seen from both sides of the market at the same time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Curtis: [to daughter] No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.
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Shelter
Written & Performed by Ben Nichols
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User Reviews

Intelligent, nicely shot film with great lead from Shannon
11 August 2011 | by Manton29See all my reviews

Take Shelter is an intelligent, thought provoking, nicely shot film featuring an excellent performance by Michael Shannon (an Oscar nomination, surely?), who was also great in director Nichols' previous/first film, Shotgun Stories. The film explores the line between fear and paranoia, or objectivity and subjectivity, as it's protagonist - a blue-collar family man of few words - wrestles with apocalyptic dreams and visions of a strange, possibly supernatural storm, responding to them as best he can as both literal warnings AND possible signs of mental illness. The film has a brooding, at times Hitchcockian atmosphere and a very timely feel to it (think financial and environmental disasters). Set in a rural community, we have plenty of lovely wide shots of the land- and sky-scape (also a strong element of Shotgun Stories) with some added CGI on the latter for the dream/visions. Shannon's performance constitutes at least 50% of this films worth but the rest of the cast are good too. It's a slow mover and, at around two hours and fifteen minutes, perhaps a bit too long. My wife and I did have a few criticisms after watching it (at the Sydney Film Festival), but I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from seeing this film, which will no doubt be a hot topic and bring Nichols deserved recognition when it goes on general release (September 30 2011 in US)


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