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Midnight Special (2016)

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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 King ... 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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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:

$6,212,282
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the eighth collaboration between actors Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks. Their films together include Blackbird (2007), The Missing Person (2009), Return (2011), Mud (2012) and Midnight Special (2016). They also appeared in the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014), and have appeared in two stage plays; including Lady (2008) and The Killer (2014). See more »

Goofs

The characters are told to go to the geographic coordinates of 29.4.31N 82.41.48W, which is about 25 miles north of Tampa, FL, and 4 miles from the Gulf. However, the movie at least twice shows them using a map aimed for the Florida panhandle near Apalachicola. Later "explosions" of energy are shown radiating from that area. They have missed by roughly 150 miles. See more »

Quotes

Alton Meyer: I saw the sunrise this morning. I think I know what I am now.
Alton Meyer: There's... There's a world, built on top of ours. People live there.
Alton Meyer: I think they're like me.
Roy: We saw it.
Sarah Tomlin: They're like you?
Alton Meyer: Yes, I think so.
Sarah Tomlin: I understand.
Alton Meyer: Lucas?
Lucas: I believe you.
Alton Meyer: Good.
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Soundtracks

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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E.T. with a real kid and not an alien. Worth seeing, but must be in the mood for.
12 May 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"You have no clue what you're dealing with do you?" Alton Meyer (Lieberher) has been taken from "The Ranch" by his father Roy (Shannon) and they are on the run from them and the FBI. Alton is a very special kid and Roy knows this. He is trying to bring Alton where he wants to go, but must find ways to hide from everyone in order to protect Alton, and his power. This is a very good and very decent family movie. There are parts that may be a little intense for younger kids but nothing too bad. The best way to describe this is a type of human E.T. The movie is essentially one long chase sequence but hold your interest and really keep you wondering and engrossed. The movie is a little bizarre but worth seeing. This is one that I think people will either love or hate, and really one that must be seen to understand what I am trying to say. I did like this enough and do recommend it but isn't really a movie for everyone. Overall, E.T. with a real kid and not an alien. Worth seeing, but must be in the mood for. I give this a B.


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