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A Cure for Wellness (2016)

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An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.


Gore Verbinski


Justin Haythe (screenplay by), Justin Haythe (story by) | 1 more credit »
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4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane DeHaan ... Lockhart
Jason Isaacs ... Volmer
Mia Goth ... Hannah
Ivo Nandi ... Enrico
Adrian Schiller ... Deputy Director
Celia Imrie ... Victoria Watkins
Harry Groener ... Pembroke
Tomas Norström ... Frank Hill
Ashok Mandanna Ashok Mandanna ... Ron Nair
Magnus Krepper ... Pieter the Vet
Peter Benedict Peter Benedict ... Constable
Michael Mendl ... Bartender
Maggie Steed ... Mrs. Abramov
Craig Wroe ... Morris
David Bishins ... Hank Green


An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There is a cure. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Germany


English | German

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La cura siniestra See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,356,941, 19 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,106,986, 23 March 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,559,557, 23 March 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


A Cure For Wellness is a play on the word "Aquifer" which is used to make the patients "well" in the movie. See more »


Even though the plot is set in Switzerland, all supposedly native characters speak "Hochdeutsch", standard German, whereas the Swiss usually speak a distinct Alemannic dialectal variant of German. See more »


[first lines]
Lockhart: [on the phone] No, we can not touch the munis, we use them as collateral for a leveraged equity position in Cisco. Never mind, take everything out of First National, move it over to Banyon.
Josh: Wait, you mean Delaware, I thought that was dead.
Lockhart: That's resurrected, we need to clean up the Reynolds account in case those fucks at AML decide to do their job.
Josh: Are you sure about that?
Lockhart: Nothing on email. Move everything back on Monday... You paying attention?
Josh: Yeah, yeah, I am.
Conductor: Tickets?
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare is silent and the logo fades out early. See more »


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Written by Robert Flux, Dero Goi, Crap, Oliver Woidt, Maik Straatmann, Marek Vejvoda
Performed by Oomph!
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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It is legitimately better than the rating...
14 October 2017 | by ambitionzSee all my reviews

I'll never understand why some movies end up rated the way they are. This is one of those movies. It's not groundbreaking. It's not mind blowing. But it is a great example of what a quality movie is. The acting is good to excellent. The cinematography and visuals are exceptional. The story is a little odd, but so what? Since when does a movie plot have to be within the realm of "Normal"? It is what it is, and this one actually all comes together relatively well. The pacing, although a long movie, is actually pretty good. You'd think 2-1/2 hours is too long. After watching this movie, I'd have to disagree considering the fact that everything that happened contributes to the story and slowly builds suspense. I can see why some people don't like that, but it's unfair to rate a movie poorly simply because you don't like the style. It's not a frantic seat-of-your-pants thriller horror movie. Why do people insist on rating movies how they think they ought to be, or how they thought it was going to be, and not simply how it is?

I sit here and can't help but think I might be completely crazy. I just finished watching "Transformers: The Last Knight" before this movie. That movie was incredibly bad. I mean, literally the only thing going for it was special effects and, a few of dozens of attempts at humor that were actually funny. How on Earth is the aggregate user score only 1 point lower than this movie? That blows my mind. Or how about "Get Out"? I liked that one too, but I cannot fathom how it's better than this movie in any way! They are both "it's not what it seems" type thrillers. Is it because of the racial element or something? I'm sorry folks, but "A Cure for Wellness" is a far better movie in every way.

I implore you to watch this one if you enjoy "it's not what it seems" type movies. I can't remember enjoying one like this since "shutter Island" with Leonardo DiCaprio. Don't believe the 1/10 reviews on this. It's a shame people have to be so shallow and misuse the rating system. If people rate this movie anything less than 6/10, it's because they have no idea how to judge elements of a film. The only legitimate gripes about this one are the length and the slightly bizarre plot. But those are elements that worked for it IMO.

After using IMDb for years to get my reviews, I just now decided to make an account. Because I can't stand seeing a very good movie like this rated so low. It's a 8.5/10 movie and nothing about it is bad at all. You may not like it, but you can at least try to be objective about it and give it a rating it deserves... I mean, come on people. Captain America is 8/10 and this is 6/10!? Give me a break...

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