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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.

Director:

Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Curtis
Jessica Chastain ... Samantha
Tova Stewart ... Hannah
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Atormentado 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,729,969, 18 March 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,099,314, 7 August 2012
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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On the DVD commentary, Michael Shannon and the director, Jeff Nichols, both clarify that the daughter was not supposed to have been born deaf but had become deaf a few years before the events of the movie due to an illness like meningitis. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Curtis is having a seizure on one scene the pillow is next to him with a big blood stain close to the clock. In the next scene when he sits up, the pillow is behind him towards the middle. This happens twice during that sequence. 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
Copyright 2010 Empty Roard Music (ASCAP)
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Premonition or Lost of Sanity?
12 January 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The family man and construction worker Curtis (Michael Shannon) is happily married with Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and they have a beloved deaf daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart). Curtis works with his friend Dewart (Shea Whigham) in his team and his mother Sarah (Kathy Baker) has been interned in a clinic since she was thirty years old with paranoid schizophrenia.

Out of the blue, Curtis has nightmares and visions of an apocalyptic storm and he becomes obsessed to build a well equipped storm shelter for his family and him in his backyard. Curtis spends the family savings and gets a loan from the bank to prepare the shelter. His obsession affects his work and his relationship with the locals and Curtis loses his job. Does Curtis have a premonition or is he losing his sanity?

"Take Shelter" is an original drama developed in slow pace with magnificent performances. The screenplay is very well written and despite the running time of 120 minutes, the movie keeps the attention of the viewer until the very last ironic scene. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Abrigo" ("The Shelter)


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