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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The medicine from the yew tree mentioned is Paclitaxel from the Pacific Yew. 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 »

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[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 »

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Written and Performed by For Fiesta
Voice: Lluís Segura
Bass: David Gallart / Drums: Marc Prades / Bass & Drums: Bernat Vilaplana / Guitar: Bernat Vilaplana / Soulphone: Marc Gómez del Moral
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Absolutely blown away
14 December 2016 | by assassin-42523See all my reviews

When I first walk into theater, I was not expecting much of this. Yeah, the first moments were so cliché I thought this would just be a mediocre movie at best. But after the movie, everything changed, and this became one of the best movies I've seen in years The director use beautifully rendered CGI to deliver the emotions of a struggling young boy coping with reality. It was already a hard concept that few movie successfully delivered, and yet he make so many people I know broke down in tears. Moreover, he also make use of the visual to express the incredibly complicated yet meaningful plot of the movie, constantly changing between fantasy and reality, truth and lies, acceptance and the growing of a boy into adulthood. The main actor while only a young man has already show signs of greatness, you can only wonder if he had already gone through all of this. He also actually took the time to developed each character, making the audiences attach to each and everyone of them. Which is why the ending was even more dramatic and sad for many of us And the soundtrack, oh man, the soundtrack just hit me where it really feels, this is probably the best part of this movie. Whether it's total silence for contemplation of characters or full- on orchestral work for the climax or the sad violin, man, they totally nailed it.


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UK | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Monster Calls See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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