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Wonderstruck (2017)

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Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

Brian Selznick (screenplay by), Brian Selznick (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Millicent Simmonds ... Rose
Julianne Moore ... Lillian Mayhew / Rose
Cory Michael Smith ... Walter
James Urbaniak ... Dr. Kincaid, Rose's Father
Damian Young ... Otto, Museum Guard
Patrick Murney ... Workman
Lauren Ridloff ... Pearl, The Maid
Anthony Natale ... Dr. Gill, Teacher of the Deaf
Carole Addabbo Carole Addabbo ... Miss Conrad at the Museum
Howard Seago Howard Seago ... Remy Rubin, Theater Director
Brian Berrebbi ... Stage Manager
John P. McGinty ... Valentin (as John McGinty)
Mark A. Keeton Mark A. Keeton ... Shopkeeper
Patrick Wiley ... Window Dresser
Garrett Zuercher ... Officer Engel
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Storyline

The film interlaces two stories set fifty years apart, switching frequently between them. Each tells the story of a child's quest. In 1927, Rose runs away from her father's New Jersey home to find her mother/idol, the actress Lillian Mayhew. In 1977, recently orphaned Ben runs away from his Minnesota home in search of his father..

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Taglines:

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muzej čudesa See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,882, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$1,033,632
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Selznick was inspired to write Wonderstruck after receiving feedback from readers who felt quiet while gazing at drawings in between sections of his first novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. See more »

Goofs

When Ben enters the rotunda of the American Museum of Natural History, he walks past the mounted skeletons of the Allosaurus attacking a Barosaurus defending its young, as seen in the museum today. However, this exhibit was not mounted until 1991, and wouldn't have been seen in 1977. See more »

Quotes

Ben: How do you know my name?
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Connections

References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Also Sprach Zarathustra
Written by Richard Strauss (as Richard De Strauss)
Arranged by Eumir Deodato
Performed by Eumir Deodato (as Deodato)
Courtesy of Legacy Recordings
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of King Record Co., Ltd.
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what is wrong with the people giving low ratings?
8 January 2018 | by DollyrkrSee all my reviews

This film was positively wonderful. I am dumbstruck at it's IMDB rating. For crying out loud it's a magical children's tale with a soundtrack that includes Brian Eno/Robert Fripp and 70s soul jams. It's disability-positive, the way the sound is done to convey deaf children navigating NYC is extremely creative and well done. The art and scenes are what I worshipped as a child - my greatest fantasy was to find a secret room in a museum and stay the night! And the dioramas and the incredible way they wove them into the storytelling! The people saying "nothing dramatic happens" are seriously off their rockers - a kid loses his hearing!!! two deaf children run away to NYC!!! how on Earth is that not dramatic? This film made me cry and laugh and feel like a child again. It's beautiful. If you have a child, watch it with them. If you don't, like me, watch it and feel like a kid again.


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