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Sand Castles (2014)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 February 2016 (USA)
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In rural Indiana, Noah and his impoverished family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.


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Jordon Hodges (screenplay), Jordon Hodges (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordon Hodges ... Noah Daly
Anne Winters ... Lauren Daly
Randy Spence ... Tommy Daly
Saxon Trainor ... Marie Daly
Daniella Grace ... Alison Paige
Scott Jemison ... Detective Cloud
Clint Howard ... Todd Carlson
Jason Welden Jason Welden ... Marcus Jones
John Newkirk ... Jim Daly
Joey Cipriano ... Young Noah Daly (as Joe Cipriano)
Maggie Mae Fish ... Sara
Richard Hackel ... Virgil Weaver
John D. Carver ... Bartender Rick
Craig Lemons ... Bob
Glendon Hobgood ... Perry (as Glen Hobgood)


In rural Indiana, Noah and his impoverished family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.

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Tragedy runs through our blood


Crime | Drama | Thriller




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Release Date:

16 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castelli di sabbia See more »

Filming Locations:

Goshen, Indiana, USA See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot on set in widescreen 2.39:1 using anamorphic lenses, Director of Photography Chris Faulisi used gaffing tape on the camera's monitor screens to mark off the right and left side for a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and used that guide to shoot the entire film. He felt the widescreen look wasn't personal enough for this type of film, but doing it this way he could still use anamorphic lenses. See more »


Marie Daly: [lighting a cigarette] Dad didn't like em' much... He would have been proud of you.
Noah Daly: Maybe.
Marie Daly: No really, no maybe about it. He would have been ashamed of me, but proud of you.
Noah Daly: Everyone has choices Mom... and he made his...
Marie Daly: Man's got his own reasons.
Noah Daly: [eye's welling up] ... You know I love you Mom right?
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All My Life
Written by Dennis Rice & Mike McKay
Performed by Davis & McKay
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Something Special...
20 February 2016 | by marleyrae-33950See all my reviews

I do not write reviews, but I signed up because there is something special about this film. It's got an indie grittiness that you love in movies like Winter's Bone, but with a light, love and beauty (cinematography is amazing) that you would see in a Terrence Malick film. The story is full of nuance and things you "get" without being told, almost philosophical at times. I read a reviewer called it "Hauntingly poetic", which is a perfect term for it. But like most good movies, you either really love it or you really don't. I loved it. The cast is subtle and raw, the music is captivating, the story is complex and subtle (pay attention to the details, some I only picked up on 2nd watch)... and the cinematography is beautiful. The film won a lot of awards on the film festival circuit and for good reason. Bottom line: The movie made me feel different than most.

P.S. There is an important scene in the middle of the end credits, so stick around!

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