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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.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (screenplay), Guillaume Laurant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Clair, Mother
Judy Davis ... Ms. Jibsen
Callum Keith Rennie ... Father
Kyle Catlett ... T.S. Spivet
Niamh Wilson ... Gracie
Jakob Davies ... Layton
Rick Mercer Rick Mercer ... Roy
Dominique Pinon ... Two Clouds
Julian Richings ... Ricky
Richard Jutras ... Mr. Stenpock
Mairtin O'Carrigan Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Lecturer
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Train Station Guard
Dawn Ford ... Marge
Harry Standjofski ... Policeman
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Secretary
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Storyline

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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A journey in 3D by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El extraordinario viaje de T.S. Spivet See more »

Filming Locations:

Longview, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy Bates was originally cast as Ms. Jibsen, but dropped out due to health concerns and was replaced by Judy Davis. See more »

Goofs

Dousing a fire in an electrical appliance with water should trip the main circuit breaker, yet the lights in the kitchen stay on. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Clair: Mediocrity is a fungus of the mind.
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New River Train
Written by Richard Gilks
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Charming for all ages
24 March 2015 | by clarkmick33See all my reviews

The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet is a breath of fresh Mid Western air among all the rubbish of cinema today. Its Charming without being overbearing, its smart without being technical and odd without being weird.

The cast do a really good job at acting and the playful (although unrealistic)characters are charming. The cinematography really explores small details as well as large. The props of vintage equipment and quirky items of the past will resonate with those who watch the film.

I think most people who see this film will leave feeling happier and will take note of the magic of life as T.S Spivet does. Its a pure escapist film. Watch and enjoy this little slice of movie magic with a with your favorite mug, blanket and good friend.


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