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A Monster Calls (2016)

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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

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J.A. Bayona

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Patrick Ness (screenplay by), Patrick Ness (based upon the novel written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis MacDougall ... Conor
Sigourney Weaver ... Grandma
Felicity Jones ... Mum
Toby Kebbell ... Dad
Ben Moor ... Mr. Clark
James Melville ... Harry
Oliver Steer Oliver Steer ... Sully
Dominic Boyle ... Anton
Jennifer Lim ... Miss Kwan
Max Gabbay Max Gabbay ... Steven
Morgan Symes Morgan Symes ... Lawyer
Max Golds Max Golds ... 5-Year-Old Connor
Frida Palsson Frida Palsson ... Lily's Mum
Wanda Opalinska ... Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart Patrick Taggart ... Teacher
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Storyline

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Conor, and it asks for the one thing Conor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Conor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Conor be able to speak the truth?

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Courage conquers all. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,909, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$3,740,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,309,313
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The host of The Screen Junkies Show (2011), Hal Rudnick, claims he openly cried in a Chipotle thinking about this movie. See more »

Goofs

Conor is in the same school class as Harry (the bully), who looks three or four years older than him. While it might be explained that Harry has been held back repeatedly, such a statement is never explicitly made. However, children are rarely held back in UK schools. It's more likely that Harry is either tall or this is a special class on a particular subject that includes children from multiple year groups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Conor: [having a nightmare] Mama! Mama!
Conor: [waking] How does the story begin?
The Monster: It begins like so many stories. With a boy, too old to be a kid. Too young to be a man. And a nightmare.
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Alternate Versions

The North American DVD and Blu-ray releases slow down the film's audio pitch at 4%. However, the film remains normal-pitched on digital platforms. See more »


Soundtracks

Tear Up This Town
Written by Tim Rice-Oxley
Performed by Keane
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Only truths will quench the fires of the heart
16 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

A scary looking tree in the middle of a graveyard haunts the dreams of a little boy, Conor, who already has enough troubles while awake. A mother (Felicity Jones) with terminal cancer, bullies, absent father, dictatorial grandma (Sigourney Weaver) and now a threatening monster (Liam Neeson) to visit him at night; poor Conor does not have a lot going for him. On the plus side, the monster has only three stories to tell, yet when finished he insists that Conor tell a story of his own that reveals the truths in his heart. The monster's stories touch upon themes gnawing at Conor; the good and bad in every person, the consequences of actions and an invisible man who becomes more invisible by being seen. Still Conor refuses to acknowledge the truths. "You don't know me," he shouts "these stories are not real!" The monster then lays down the law, "I know everything about you, now speak the truth or die!"

A Monster Calls includes some amazing visual effects, fantastic scenes and brilliant dialogue. The film explores in compelling and thrilling ways how fantasy combines with reality, how people deal with their fears (for better and worse) and the tremendous power of stories. The actors are convincing and captivating and Neeson's voice is mesmerizing. You'd rob a bank if his voice told you to. Animation is used to illustrate the monster's stories. A Monster Calls is based on a novel by Patrick Ness. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.


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