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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

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A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, escapes home, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.



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5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Clair, Mother
... Ms. Jibsen
... Father
... T.S. Spivet
... Gracie
... Layton
Rick Mercer ... Roy
... Two Clouds
... Ricky
... Mr. Stenpock
Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Lecturer
Michel Perron ... Train Station Guard
... Marge
... Policeman
Susan Glover ... Secretary


T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. There is also Layton, twin brother of T.S., who died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El extraordinario viaje de T.S. Spivet  »

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,658, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,462, 30 August 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first feature film to use the Arri Alexa M camera. See more »


In Chicago, the reflections in T.S.'s train window show a view of the Trump building, the Wrigley building, and the Michigan Avenue bridge. There are no train tracks in Chicago which could provide that view. See more »


T.S. Spivet: How beautiful the sun when newly risen, and explodes in the morning greetings happy as the man who can lovingly salute its rising more glorious than a dream.
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References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »


Rise of the Dragon
uncredited composer
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Surprisingly beautiful movie
20 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

What a surprise to me- I was expecting another European artsy movie that does not go anywhere. I am European and generally sick of this kind of movies especially from France that bore me to tears. Instead I saw an entertaining movie, full of wonderful filmmaking, touching story and interesting characters. The story is told with an incredible focus on details and beautiful imagery. This is definitely an emotional story carried by kid actors that could have gone terribly wrong. For my taste Mr. Jeunet found a very tasteful way to direct the cast through the potential pitfalls of the story. The story is out there in a fantasy world combined with National Geographic Imagery- great combination. I am sure not for everyone but it worked for me. Chapeau monsieur Jeunet.

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