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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.

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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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 smitten 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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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,120, 22 October 2017

Gross USA:

$2,291,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,027,336
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell began working together on The Beguiled (2017), only a few weeks after they wrapped filming on this film. Both films would go on to be in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and both would win awards in the official competition ("The Beguiled" won the Directing award for Sofia Coppola while "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" shared the Screenplay award with Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here (2017)). See more »

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Surgeon: [to his son] If you don't stop playing games, I will shave your head and make you eat your hair. I mean it. I will make you eat your hair.
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The Gherkin Train
Performed by Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles
Licensed courtesy of Hummingbird Music London
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A psychological thriller like they should be
26 May 2017 | by gissenmannSee all my reviews

This slow paced psychological thriller embodies everything that is key to making the viewer feel a lively and frightening experience: it is beautifully shot, with very talented actors, a soundtrack that will give you chilling goosebumps, and an enigmatic plot. While some parts might feel slow or superfluous, this is easily compensated by the rising tension. Moreover, the fright is ingeniously generated through the actors' astute portrayal of character turmoil, and not cheaply made jump-scares or gratuitous violent scenes. In a way, The Killing of A Sacred Deer reminds me of Cape Fear (1991). Great movie if you like biting your knuckles in apprehension and get your nerves all twisted up, not so great if you are searching for fast-paced graphic experience (although the movie contains some instances of sexuality and gore).


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