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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.

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Roman Polanski

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Yasmina Reza (play), Yasmina Reza (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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A new comedy of no manners.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Carnage See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,795, 18 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,547,047, 3 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,603,069, 3 May 2012
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Julie Adams final cinematic appearance. She announced her retirement from acting following her voice work on this film. See more »

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Michael takes the phone from the vase and a close shot shows it in his left hand as well as Alan's left hand to the right. Alan's fingers are outstretched. The camera cuts to a reverse shot, where his fingers are not outstretched. See more »

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[last lines]
Nancy Cowan: Here! Here's what I think of your stupid tulips! Your hideous flowers! This is the worst day of my life too.
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A Bushel and a Peck
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Would love to see this on stage!
3 September 2016 | by soranamicooperSee all my reviews

A one-act play, centring on two sets of parents in a Brooklyn apartment discussing a violent episode between their children, sandwiched between a very short, speech-free prologue and epilogue as credits roll. The ostensibly liberal but clearly uptight mother and apparently more conciliatory but hen-pecked father of the victim invite the aggressor's parents (she overtly more community-spirited, he more put out as he manages a work crisis on his mobile) over to talk about the incident, as responsible adults, but the ensuing clash of attitudes prompts a descent into the sort of puerile behaviour that was precisely the intended subject of the conversation.

Well cast, the four players interpret the sharp, witty lines with aplomb, one's sympathies leaping around from character to character as they gradually unravel, but without ever settling anywhere for long as each in turn cedes any moral high ground as quickly as they gained it. There is scorn aplenty (subtle and blatant) as rivalries and alliances are repeatedly struck and dashed. One can forgive the improbability of the meeting surviving several junctures when it would more naturally end because the dialogue continues to give.

I guess you can't go far wrong with such a script in the hands of this director and group of actors and it makes for a very watchable film, although I'm guessing the stage is its real home and I'll look out for it there.


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