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Collateral Beauty (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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David Frankel

Writer:

Allan Loeb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Howard
Edward Norton ... Whit
Kate Winslet ... Claire
Michael Peña ... Simon
Helen Mirren ... Brigitte
Naomie Harris ... Madeline
Keira Knightley ... Amy
Jacob Latimore ... Raffi
Ann Dowd ... Sally Price
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Trevor's Mom
Natalie Gold ... Adam's Mom
Kylie Rogers ... Allison
Shirley Rumierk ... Simon's Wife
Alyssa Cheatham ... Olivia
Benjamin Snyder ... Sally's Grandson
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Storyline

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it's not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty Written by Warner Bros

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loss | death | theater | anguish | despair | See All (79) »

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We are all connected See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belleza inesperada See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,102,085, 16 December 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,982,955, 3 February 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,168,721, 27 January 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ad agency scenes were filmed at Wieden Kennedy, a real-life ad agency in New York City. See more »

Goofs

When Howard and Madeleine are taking on the sidewalk of the street in Manhattan, traffic is moving swiftly while the camera is in one direction, and traffic is completely stopped when the camera is in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Brigitte: [sitting in hospital hallway] Are you losing somebody?
Madeline: I'm sorry?
Brigitte: Who are you losing?
Madeline: [breath trembling] Um, my daughter.
Brigitte: Just make sure you notice the collateral beauty.
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Crazy Credits

The opening logos of Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures, Ratpac Entertainment, and Overbrook Entertainment are all in pure white, including the backgrounds, which then goes to a line of pure white domino type blocks ending with a clock shaped circle (also with pure white blocks on a white background) as the movies dialogue starts. See more »

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Featured in Renegade Cut: Collateral Beauty (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh What a Beautiful City
Traditional
Arranged by Dave Van Ronk
Performed by Bryan Terrell Clark, Mykal Kilgore and Marcus James
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Cheesy & Quotable. Works For Me.
16 February 2017 | by WhimsicalVoniaSee all my reviews

Cheesy, cliché, contrived, overdone? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I know it, but I still loved it. Liked the twist. Loved the quotable quotes. Serious matters addressed, but the comic relief was there. Without Will Smith, I probably would have given this an 8. A 7/10. To me, this is a great film that I would watch many times again. "I thought you couldn't afford therapy anymore." "I can't. It was my Uber driver." "Wait. They have a CSI Cleveland now?" "Be sure to notice the collateral beauty. It is the profound connection to everything." "You lived right, my friend. But you are not dying right." " I realized that I was not feeling love. I had become love." Fascinating to learn the actual statistic that 79% of couples divorce after losing a child. Makes sense. My favorite: "I am love. I am the fabric of life. I am the only 'why'... I was there in her laugh but I am also here now in your pain. Do not try to live without me."


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