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The Shack (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mack Phillips
... Papa
... Willie
... Nan Phillips
... Kate Phillips
... Josh Phillips
... Missy Phillips (as Amelie Eve)
... Jesus
... Sarayu
... Sophia
... Male Papa
... Emil Ducette
... Emily Ducette
Laura MacKillop ... Amber Ducette
... Vicki Ducette


After the abduction and presumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and suspects it is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy's abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You're never as alone as you think.


Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Cabaña  »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,172,119, 5 March 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,330,873, 12 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,505,116, 20 March 2017
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Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2005, William Paul Young was working three jobs and living in a 900-square-foot apartment with his wife and four of his six children after losing his home to bankruptcy. He started writing a novel during his daily 40-minute train commute, hoping to express his feelings about God to his children, since he couldn't afford to buy holiday gifts. He expected his family and maybe a few friends to read it. The book sold over 20 million copies. See more »


Sam Worthington's Australian accent shows through several times throughout the movie, despite his character, Mack, being born and raised in the Midwest. See more »


[first lines]
Willie: Who wouldn't be skeptical when a man claims to have spent an entire weekend with God? In a shack, no less. And not just any shack. This was the shack. What I'm about to tell you is a little on the... well, it's a lot on the fantastic side. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's not true.
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Referenced in The 39th Annual Young Artist Awards (2018) See more »


Stars (The Shack version)
Written by Korey Cooper & John Landrum Cooper
Performed by Skillet
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Disturbingly manipulative

This is the first film I have ever watched that has left me feeling angry. The reason I was angry was because I couldn't work out why I disliked it so much.

The film was visually quite appealing the acting wasn't awful, the dialog wasn't the worst. The direction was not too bad. The reason came to me after thinking about the film for a while.

It tries to manipulates you in a similar way that church ministers would try to manipulate children at school assembley (British thing). The ministers would come to school and preach to children making arguments which made little or no sense, mix in some truth into the nonsense to try to make his point.

In a nutshell that is this film, a huge amount of muddled nonsense mixed in with a tiny bit of something that makes sense, and concludes with a predetermined answer which makes it feel like the story has been written backwards so the argument fits the answer.

Terrible film.

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