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Carnage (2011)

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Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.


Roman Polanski


Yasmina Reza (based on the play 'Le Dieu du Carnage' by), Michael Katims (translated by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Jodie Foster ... Penelope Longstreet
Kate Winslet ... Nancy Cowan
Christoph Waltz ... Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly ... Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski Elvis Polanski ... Zachary
Eliot Berger Eliot Berger ... Ethan
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Walter (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
Nathan Rippy ... Dennis (voice)
Tanya Lopert ... Mother (voice)
Julie Adams ... Secretary (voice)


In New York's Brooklyn Bridge park, eleven year old Zachary strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan. The boy's parents learn of the fight and meet to deal with the incident. Although the meeting starts civilized, it quickly degenerates after an unfortunate incident, and soon, their meeting is not only about their boys' fight, but also the couple's fitness as parents, Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A new comedy of no manners.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


John C. Reilly previously appeared in Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999), opposite Julianne Moore. Moore previously appeared in Hannibal (2001), taking over the role played by Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He and Moore also played husband and wife in The Hours (2002), while he and Foster play those roles here. See more »


At the beginning of the film, just before Alan and Nancy try to leave for the second time, there is a camera visible in the mirror. See more »


Michael Longstreet: What happened to your sense of humor?
Penelope Longstreet: I don't have a sense of humor and I don't want one!
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Featured in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.4 (2012) See more »


A Bushel and a Peck
Written by Frank Loesser
(p) 2011 SBS Productions
Used by permission of Frank Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Yet another great film about argument!
29 February 2012 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'CARNAGE': Four Stars (Out of Five) Roman Polanski adapts the popular French play 'God of Carnage', by Yasmina Reza, in to this dark comedy about argument. The film tells the story of two sets of parents trying to 'heal' a conflict started by their kids. It stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. The entire film is set in real time in one Brooklyn apartment (although filmed in Paris due to director Polanski being a wanted fugitive in the US). Reza co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski and it's about as clever and witty as any film I've seen this year, while still remaining mostly believable! The film revolves around a fight that breaks out between two eleven year old classmates in Brooklyn Bridge Park when one boy refuses to let the other in his gang and calls him a tattle-tail. One boy is struck by the other with a stick and is hurt badly in the mouth, requiring some dental work. The parents of each boy decide to meet in one couple's Brooklyn apartment in order to discuss the fight and try to resolve the conflict between the two boys. The rest of the film (almost it's entirety) plays out in the apartment with the parents discussing their boys' conflict rather aggressively which results in a much bigger conflict between them. Like the recent Iranian film 'A SEPARATION' this is a beautiful and believable film about argument. Of course this is a much more comedic and somewhat lighthearted look at argument than the award winning foreign language film but it's just as realistic and drives home it's point just as clearly. The acting is all top notch with Foster playing against type as the most unlikeable character of the bunch and Waltz impressing yet again by delivering my favorite performance of the film. The dialogue is very smart and funny and the directing is perfectly subtle. Like I said not as hard-hitting as the Iranian masterpiece but nearly as effective in it's own way. A very relatable and enlightening film; one not to be missed!

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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Carnage See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,795, 18 December 2011

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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