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Dave Made a Maze (2017)

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Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

Director:

Bill Watterson

Writers:

Steven Sears (screenplay), Bill Watterson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meera Rohit Kumbhani ... Annie
Nick Thune ... Dave
Adam Busch ... Gordon
James Urbaniak ... Harry
Frank Caeti ... Boom Operator
Scott Narver Scott Narver ... Cameraman
Stephanie Allynne ... Brynn
Kirsten Vangsness ... Jane
Scott Krinsky ... Leonard
Timothy Nordwind Timothy Nordwind ... Greg
John Hennigan ... The Minotaur
Rick Overton ... Hobo
Kamilla Alnes ... Flemish Tourist
Drew Knigga ... Flemish Tourist
Etienne Eckert ... Shadow Dancer
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'Dave Made A Maze' re-imagines classic 80's adventure films with a modern comedic edge and a higher body count. Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation. Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission. The handmade fantasy world comes to life with puppetry, stop-motion animation, and in-camera optical illusions, re-igniting the tactile sense of wonder from the movies of our childhoods.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dave Fez um Labirinto See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,135, 20 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,117, 7 September 2017
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2.00 : 1
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The studio had only enough space for two rooms of the maze to be built at any one time. While one was being filmed the other would be built for the next scene to be shot. According to the producer, the average lifespan of a room was four hours. See more »

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Gordon: Did she die, or did she just turn into a craft project?
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Written and Performed by Tandemoro
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The Best Film of 2017
29 March 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

If reviews could be so short, this is what I would say: "Everyone can stop making movies, and they can cancel the Academy Awards. 'Dave Made a Maze' is the film of the year, maybe even the decade. Mic drop." Seriously, rarely does a film capture the imagination quite like this. The artistic variety and beauty, the humor, the fun characters... and without any deep messages or R-rated nudity and cursing. This is a film that deserves a wide release and deserves to be lauded with awards. Perhaps this is not the sort of movie the Oscars typically singles out, but it should. (To those involved in the making of this film -- strongly consider submitting it for consideration. If you do not get a production / visual effects nomination, the world is a lie.) I also appreciated how the film had nods to other films, but did not make those homages blunt. A few "Star Wars" references come up, but are subtle enough that they may be missed. That is the proper way to honor a film rather than simply name-dropping it. So, again, well played.

"Dave Made a Maze" screened March 26 at the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF). If there is any fairness in this world, it will son be screening at a theater near you and be given the wide release it deserves.


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