With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

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David Fincher

Writers:

Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike ... Amy Dunne
Neil Patrick Harris ... Desi Collings
Tyler Perry ... Tanner Bolt
Carrie Coon ... Margo Dunne
Kim Dickens ... Detective Rhonda Boney
Patrick Fugit ... Officer James Gilpin
David Clennon ... Rand Elliott
Lisa Banes ... Marybeth Elliott
Missi Pyle ... Ellen Abbott
Emily Ratajkowski ... Andie Fitzgerald
Casey Wilson ... Noelle Hawthorne
Lola Kirke ... Greta
Boyd Holbrook ... Jeff
Sela Ward ... Sharon Schieber
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On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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With Rosamund Pike getting nominated for Best Actress for this film, this marks the fourth consecutive film that David Fincher has directed Oscar-nominated performances (Brad Pitt and Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008); Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network (2010); and Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)). See more »

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Nick pulls some Dreyer's ice cream out of the freezer. Dreyer's is not sold under that name in Missouri where the movie is based. In Missouri, it is marketed as Edy's ice cream. See more »

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Nick Dunne: When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?
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The principal names individually fade in and out onscreen in just 2 seconds each, half the normal time for a screen credit. See more »

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A Cynical, Masterful Caricature of Modern Relationships
1 August 2017 | by manisimmatiSee all my reviews

Amy and Nick Dunne are young, stylish and charming. The immaculate dream couple? It seems so, at least on the face of it. But infidelity and financial troubles let the glamorous façade crumble. One morning, Amy disappears without a trace, and Nick becomes suspect. Did he kill his wife? The media depict him as an uncaring husband, and he's trying desperately to correct that image. But what if he really is the murderer everyone believes him to be?

"Gone Girl", based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, is a masterful thriller, a sharp-sighted media satire and a cynical analysis of modern marriage. Flynn herself wrote the screenplay for the movie adaptation, and David Fincher turns the already disturbing story into something even darker. "Gone Girl" is a perfect fit for Fincher, as it is concerned with two of his favorite themes: gender issues and modern media. The main topic here is how the media are shaping our own identities. Nick Dunne has to adapt to the expectations of the public in order to survive. As his lawyer Tanner Bolt puts it: "This case is about what people think of you."

Amy and Nick both just play a character. They pretend to be a perfect couple. The movie suggests that pretending and being are not as far apart as we tend to think. When everyone plays along, the shallow masks are going to work. The much-maligned ending underlines this insight perfidiously. It's the point where "Gone Girl" becomes a pitch-black social satire. The last act isn't a thriller anymore, it's a grotesque caricature of modern relationships. I've never seen anything like it, and I can't praise Fincher enough for the risk he took with the last half an hour of this movie.

Ben Affleck is great as the insipid husband Nick. You love to hate him. Rosamund Pike is simply mind-blowing. You'll also see Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry in unusual roles. My personal favorite is Carrie Coon as Nick's caring yet foul-mouthed sister Margo. She's the heart of this movie, because unlike everyone else, she genuinely speaks her mind. Kim Dickens as the clever detective Rhonda Boney is pretty approachable, too.

"Gone Girl" might be Fincher's most splendid masterpiece yet. This movie is so unsettling and cynical, it feels like it was directed by the love child of Alfred Hitchcock and Lars von Trier. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA See more »

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Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,513,109, 5 October 2014

Gross USA:

$167,767,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$369,330,363
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