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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.

Director:

J.A. Bayona

Writers:

Patrick Ness (screenplay by), Patrick Ness (based upon the novel written by) | 1 more credit »
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38 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un monstruo viene a verme See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,909, 23 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,730,982, 20 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,919,166
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The novel was originally started by Siobhan Dowd who left it unfinished, at her death. Patrick Ness finished the book with credits to her idea. See more »

Goofs

When Conor and his dad have a conversation in the car, Conor's seat belt is on at first, disappears, and reappears a few times between shots. 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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Connections

Referenced in A Monster Calls: Making of the Tales (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Score from King Kong
(King Kong (1933))
Written by Max Steiner
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Turner Entertainment Co.
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Yew can do it
24 October 2017 | by almaric777See all my reviews

I don't know who you would market this movie to. It's not a kid's movie, tho it tries very hard to look like one. It's not an adult movie (a boy and a talking tree), tho its themes certainly are mature. Both child and adult will squirm under the relentless emotional requirement with only a faint wisp of humor to lighten things up. Melancholy overload anyone? No?

But if you make it to the end, you'll have received an unexpected cathartic cleansing and a life lesson in your pocket that is hard, but beautiful in its truth.

Once you stop blubbering, that is.


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