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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.


Tom Ford


Tom Ford (screenplay by), Austin Wright (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Susan Morrow
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
Michael Shannon ... Bobby Andes
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ray Marcus
Isla Fisher ... Laura Hastings
Ellie Bamber ... India Hastings
Armie Hammer ... Hutton Morrow
Karl Glusman ... Lou
Robert Aramayo ... Turk
Laura Linney ... Anne Sutton
Andrea Riseborough ... Alessia
Michael Sheen ... Carlos
Bobbi Salvör Menuez ... Samantha Morrow (as India Menuez)
Imogen Waterhouse ... Chloe
Franco Vega ... Driver


A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you love someone you can't just throw it away


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon starred in comic book films. Adams and Shannon starred in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) together, and Adams went on to star in Justice League (2017). Gyllenhaal starred in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). See more »


When Ray is sitting on the toilet outside his trailer, he has nothing on except his pants down around his ankles. When he is told to stand up, he can be seen pulling up his pants (and underwear, inside the pants) but as he pulls his pants up, his underwear is already on him, not inside the pants as it would be since he grabbed the pants/underwear at the same time. See more »


Susan Morrow: Why are you so driven to write?
Edward Sheffield: I guess it's a way of keeping things alive. You know, saving things that will eventually die. If I write it down, then... it'll last forever.
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Written and Performed by Mick Lister & Giles Edward Palmer
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An understated and subtle masterpiece of dramatic storytelling.
16 June 2020 | by robertmaybethSee all my reviews

This emotionally-charged film is novel and original, and will make you question everything about the world it shows the audience. I'm really not doing it justice when I say "Animals" takes you on the proverbial roller coaster; although that saying is trite, it's the quickest way to describe the feelings and emotions this film will inevitably calls up in the viewer. And what this movie will make you feel is damn near everything.

The "film within a film" style done here is an integral part of the film and has never been done better - I'd describe the style (and only the style) as "Pulp Fiction" meets "Total Recall". But the knowledge we're watching a novel unfold for much of the story, does nothing to detract from the in-your-face power of the often harrowing events. The often dark and painful things the characters endure, often seem to compel the viewer to confront almost every emotion in existence, and I got the distinct feeling that this movie was trying to do exactly that: Disgust, sadness, empathy, revenge, rage, this film somehow touches them all.

Despite the gritty subject matter, I enjoyed this film very much - it grabbed me right away and kept me absorbed right up to the ending (which I felt was unsatisfying at first, but I got over it - thanks to IMDB).

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Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tony and Susan See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$492,648, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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