A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

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Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Roy
Joel Edgerton ... Lucas
Kirsten Dunst ... Sarah
Adam Driver ... Sevier
Jaeden Martell ... Alton (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Bill Camp ... Doak
Scott Haze ... Levi
Sam Shepard ... Calvin Meyer
Paul Sparks ... Agent Miller
David Jensen ... Elden
Sharon Landry ... Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
Dana Gourrier ... Sharon Davison (Councelor)
Sharon Garrison ... Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
Allison Gabriel ... Hannah (Ranch Member) (as Allison King)
Sean Bridgers ... Frederick (Ranch Member)
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Storyline

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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He's not like us.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | See all certifications »

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The coordinates provided over the phone by Paul Sevier (Adam Driver) to Alton's parents - 29 degrees, 4 minutes, 31 seconds North, 82 degrees, 41 minutes, 48 seconds West - is just off County Road 325, in Levy County, Florida, about 5 miles north of Inglis, Florida. See more »

Goofs

On the first night, they're supposedly in hiding but they take a motel room adjacent to the motel office, and instead of waiting until dark, they leave at dusk in a car parked within easy view of the desk clerk when they could have parked right outside the door of their motel room. See more »

Quotes

Alton Meyer: Dad?
Roy: Yeah?
Alton Meyer: Are you scared?
Roy: Yes.
Alton Meyer: You don't have to worry about me.
Roy: I like worrying about you.
Alton Meyer: You don't have to anymore.
Roy: I'll always worry about you Alton. That's the deal.
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Sitting in a Roofless Room
Written by Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist
Performed by From the Mouth of the Sun
Courtesy of Experimedia Ltd.
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Only disappointing aspect is not having the song Midnight Special by CCR in it
9 February 2020 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

One of the best indie films of the decade! Very well acted Sci-Fi about helping a unique kid that's not from earth in which gets increasingly more interesting as the film goes on! I absolutely love the cast especially Micheal Shannon and Joel Edgerton, they're awesome in a lot of movies. This is a truly special experience with some deepness that is very gratifying, would highly recommend to anyone and I think it deserves better ratings.


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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,012, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$3,712,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,740,647
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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