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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.


Yorgos Lanthimos
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Complete credited cast:
Barry G. Bernson ... Dr. Larry Banks (as Barry Bernson)
Herb Caillouet Herb Caillouet ... Ed Thompson (Hospital Director)
Bill Camp ... Matthew Williams
Raffey Cassidy ... Kim Murphy
Denise Dal Vera ... Mary Williams
Colin Farrell ... Steven Murphy
Barry Keoghan ... Martin
Nicole Kidman ... Anna Murphy
Drew Logan Drew Logan ... Principal
Alicia Silverstone ... Martin's Mother
Sunny Suljic ... Bob Murphy
Michael Trester Michael Trester ... Elderly Man
Ming Wang ... Doctor (Abdominal)


After the untimely death of 16-year-old Martin's father on the operating table, little by little, a deep and empathetic bond begins to form between him and the respected cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Steven Murphy. At first, expensive gifts and then an invitation for dinner will soon earn the orphaned teenager the approval of Dr Steven's perfect family, even though right from the start, a vague, yet unnerving feeling overshadows Martin's honest intent. And then, unexpectedly, the idyllic family is smote by a fierce and pitiless punishment, while at the same time, everything will start falling apart as the innocents have to suffer. In the end, as the sins of one burden the entire family, only an unimaginable and unendurable decision that demands a pure sacrifice can purge the soul. But to find catharsis, one must first admit the sin. Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Bob is the only principal character played by an American (Sunny Suljic), despite the movie taking place in Ohio. Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan are Irish, Nicole Kidman is Australian, and Raffey Cassidy is British. See more »


When Martin talks about his father's favorite film, Barry Keoghan's Irish accent can be heard on the word "father" See more »


Anna Murphy: You have beautiful hands. I never noticed before. Everyone's been telling me lately what beautiful hands you have and now I can see for myself. Nice and clean. But so what if they're beautiful? They're lifeless. Sometimes, Steven, you're just an incompetent man who goes on and on, saying stupid things like, "Let's do a scan."Let's do an ultrasound, let's wear brown socks."Let's make mashed potatoes, let's go to the beach house."
Steven Murphy: Excuse me?
Anna Murphy: Our two children are dying in the other room, but, yes, I...
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How Long Will I Love You
Words and music by Mike Scott
Published by SM Publishing UK Limited
Performed by Ellie Goulding
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Outsmarting your audience.
16 January 2019 | by halfxbreed23See all my reviews

This movie will leave you with far more questions than answers but more so it will have you wondering "was it too smart for me?". Most people would have you believe that the answer is yes, however I'm not so sure. The score comes out of nowhere and honestly I believe it adds a sense of atmospheric power to the film but thats about it for me. Since the term "art" is subjective I wont say this movie is garbage but I believe it lacks direction and a clear, cohesive plot while trying to be unique and abstract. The characters are drones of what humans should be showing little to no emotion until the midway point. This confused me because in a psychological thriller or any movie for that matter isn't the purpose immersion? How can one be immersed with such a chasm between audience and character? The dialogue was monotone and the setting was monochromatic, this mixed with bland emotionless characters makes this film difficult to sit through for the wrong reasons. I personally think this movie loses people on its path to obscurity and "art". May I suggest the Lobster (same director) for a unique movie, with truly rich characters and far more digestible storyline. Cheers ✌🏾

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Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$115,120, 22 October 2017

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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