A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Director:

Akiva Goldsman

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Mark Helprin (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Peter Lake
Matt Bomer ... Young Man
Lucy Griffiths ... Young Woman
Michael Crane Michael Crane ... Ellis Isle Doctor (as Michael Patrick Crane)
Brian Hutchison ... Ellis Isle Official
Kevin Corrigan ... Romeo Tan
Alan Doyle ... Dingy Worthington
Russell Crowe ... Pearly Soames
Jessica Brown Findlay ... Beverly Penn
Jon Patrick Walker ... Optometrist
David O'Brien Hart ... Penn House Butler
William Hurt ... Isaac Penn
Maurice Jones Maurice Jones ... Cecil Mature
Mckayla Twiggs ... Young Willa
Matthew R. Staley ... Oyster Boy
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Storyline

New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, an Irish burglar in his early 20's, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. Written by Jack

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This is not a true story. This is true love.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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When questioned by the Los Angeles Times about why Warner Bros. believed that he's the right man to write and direct the film, Akiva Goldsman replied: "I'm the kind of romantic that likes to find the meaning in things. Just in its natural course, life is sufficiently hard. And if you can find the hope underneath that, that there is connectedness and some reason to it, then there's some comfort in that. That's what I've learned anyway. And I think that feeling is in the movie." See more »

Goofs

When Peter is on the pier explaining the story of the spirit guides, a camera on a dolly is visible in the background across the water, slowly backing up behind some crates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Beverly Penn: [narrating] What if, once upon a time, there were no stars in the sky at all? What if the stars are not what we think? What if the light from afar doesn't come from the rays of distant suns, but from our wings as we turn into angels? Destiny calls to each of us. And there is a world behind the world where we are all connected, all part of a great and moving plan. Magic is everywhere around us. You just have to look. Look. Look closely. For even time and distance are not what they ...
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Crazy Credits

The closing logo for Warner Bros. Pictures is also placed on old-fashioned paper. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Lonely Lady (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Brahms Violin Concerto 3rd movement op 77
Written by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
Played by Beverly
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Martin Scorcese was right.........
26 February 2015 | by CoolBrzSee all my reviews

I give this movie a 7, but only for the acting (several of my favorite actors and actresses are in it) and because I first saw this movie before having read the book. After having read the book, and having enjoyed it, I can say that the movie is light years different from the book and only uses its most basic outline. Certainly I understand why this is the case, trying to film 700 pages of dense and descriptive prose in 2 hours is impossible.....especially when so much of it is fantastical in nature. The movie is not a total failure, but it IS a total failure of adapting its source novel. Scorcese turned down filming this because he said it was "un-filmmable". He was right.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter's Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,297,694, 16 February 2014

Gross USA:

$12,600,231

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,800,231
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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