The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon.

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David Lowery

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David Lowery (screenplay by), Toby Halbrooks (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Grace
Robert Redford ... Meacham
Oakes Fegley ... Pete
Oona Laurence ... Natalie
Wes Bentley ... Jack
Karl Urban ... Gavin
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Sheriff Gene Dentler (as Isiah Whitlock)
Marcus Henderson ... Woodrow
Aaron Jackson ... Abner
Phil Grieve ... Bobby
Steve Barr ... Deputy Smalls
Keagan Carr Fransch Keagan Carr Fransch ... Doctor Marquez
Jade Valour Jade Valour ... Nurse Merriwether
Augustine Frizzell ... Mrs. Swanberg
Francis Biggs Francis Biggs ... Mr. Swanberg
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Storyline

A young boy, Pete, is found in a forest where he's been living for six year after an accident took his parents' lives. A ranger, Grace, takes him in and asks him how he survived all by himself. He says he had a friend named Elliott and draws a picture of a dragon, saying it's Elliott. Grace takes the picture to her father who claims that years ago he encountered a dragon in the forest. Grace takes Pete back to the forest and he shows her his home and Elliott. A man sees Elliott, and when he tells about his experience and isn't believed, he sets out to capture the dragon to prove it. Written by anonymous

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Some secrets are too big to keep.


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Rated PG for action, peril and brief language | See all certifications »

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The film takes place in 1977 and 1983. The original Pete's Dragon film happens to have been released in 1977. See more »

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Around 01:26:47, it's twilight. Around 01:27:22, it's daylight. See more »

Quotes

Meacham: There's magic in the woods, if you know where to look for it.
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Something Wild
Written by Lindsey Stirling, Andrew McMahon, Peter Hanna, and Taylor Bird
Produced by Rumors, Co-Produced by Josh Abraham and Nico Stadi
Mixed by Mark Needham
Performed by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon (as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
Courtesy of Lindseystomp Music & Universal Music GmbH
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
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imaginary would be compelling
4 February 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

5 year old Pete is in a car accident that killed his parents. He is saved by a magical dragon named Elliot. Six years later, a crew of lumberjacks is closing in on their home. Pete is taken with Natalie. She's the young daughter of forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and lumber company owner Jack (Wes Bentley). Grace has been told many times about a dragon by her father Meacham (Robert Redford). Grace and Natalie find the young boy Pete in the woods and take him in. Meanwhile, Jack's brother Gavin (Karl Urban) goes hunting for the mysterious creature in the forest.

I like the story, the characters, and the dragon. I can't help but think that the movie could be much better. It could improve with less money and holding back on showing the dragon. There is a natural questioning of Elliot as a figment of Pete's imagination that is missing from the audience. By showing the dragon from the start, Elliot is never in doubt. Heck, the dragon is often invisible. It would be more logical for it to be almost entirely invisible and the audience can wonder whether it's real, imagined, or a projection of Pete's imagination. The reveal would be infinitely more powerful. I like Bryce and the kids. Karl Urban is a little too broad. Robert Redford is odd in his role. He's too big of a movie star. The role should go to an elderly character actor from the retirement home. I have no problem with the look of Elliot but it would be more compelling to reveal him much later in the movie.


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Country:

USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pete's Dragon See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,514,095, 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$76,233,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,695,338
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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