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Winter's Tale (2014)

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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.


Akiva Goldsman


Akiva Goldsman (screenplay), Mark Helprin (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Peter Lake
Matt Bomer ... Young Man
Lucy Griffiths ... Young Woman
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


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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Release Date:

14 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un cuento de invierno See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,007,059, 16 February 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,451, 6 February 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,800,231, 19 August 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hans Zimmer had written most of the music for Winter's Tale (2014) before he had to leave to finish writing music for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired by his friend Zimmer to write the remaining score and to collaborate with him on the whole score, overall. See more »


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 »


[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 opening logos for Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Weed Road Pictures all end by being placed on old-fashioned paper. See more »


Brahms Violin Concerto 3rd movement op 77
Written by Johannes Brahms (uncredited)
Played by Beverly
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See It For Its Heart And Very Strong Message If You're Wondering About Love And Self-Value
26 February 2014 | by Sherine YouserySee all my reviews

This movie is absolutely one of the strangest I've ever seen . At some point , I was even thinking I'd leave . However , at the end , I figured out this is one of the movies with a strong message I'd ever seen . Instead of giving it a one-star, I gave it an 8 .

Akiva Goldsman is the one to blame in this mess . I couldn't believe how the movie was shattered , out of tone , confusing at many times , uncontrolled ( not in a good way ) and utterly stupid , not in the least sense near a fairy tale even . A fairy tale is more interesting and even more beautiful than that . The direction was a disaster . Jessica Brown Findlay shines , though . What saved it was what the movie / novel wanted to say about the value of our own selves and the value of love . We have a tendency to believe that miracles are shiny things with a lot of fantasy but actually miracles are not that . This movie will make you look at your own self as a miracle and if you're in love , it will show you how blessed you can be with your love in your life , and how saving one's soul , only by true love and loyalty , is the greatest thing you can accomplish on this earth . Simple and powerful as that .

If you're someone who wants to watch themes of love discussed in good and powerful movies , this is one of the best . It doesn't differ much if you were a believer in true everlasting love or not , or even wondering about it . Try to sit through the stupid parts to enjoy the good ones , most importantly , without prejudice :)

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