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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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Smithsonian President: Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity and I'm not sure about the former - Albert Einstein
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The White Queen
Written by Ruth Barrett
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should not be reviewed in a conventional manner
28 April 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Even seasoned reviewers will tell you, in confidence, that there are some films which should not be reviewed by conventional means. This is one of them.

I am guessing I have seen several dozen films that try in their own fashion to capture the essence, the nub, of what it is like to be a child in a world of adults.

This one succeeds and does so brilliantly.

It is not merely that writer/director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a craftsman of the highest order - I would happily stand in line to see his next film, whatever it may be -- or that the actors (including Helena Carter) are pitch perfect, it is the sum total of the experience that just grabs you from the first scene and holds you until the end.

Highly recommended.


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