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Cloverfield (2008)

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A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.

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Matt Reeves

Writer:

Drew Goddard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lizzy Caplan ... Marlena Diamond
Jessica Lucas ... Lily Ford
T.J. Miller ... Hudson 'Hud' Platt
Michael Stahl-David ... Rob Hawkins
Mike Vogel ... Jason Hawkins
Odette Annable ... Beth McIntyre (as Odette Yustman)
Anjul Nigam ... Bodega Cashier
Margot Farley ... Jenn
Theo Rossi ... Antonio
Brian Klugman ... Charlie
Kelvin Yu ... Clark
Liza Lapira ... Heather
Lili Mirojnick ... Lei
Ben Feldman ... Travis
Elena Caruso ... Party Goer
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Storyline

To celebrate Rob's massive promotion, his lover, Beth, and friends, decide to throw a massive surprise farewell party, now that he is about to move to Japan. However, a deafening explosion and the arrival of an enormous scaly and gangly creature will abruptly interrupt the festivities, as all hell breaks loose in New York City, and the Statue of Liberty is decapitated. As the reptilian behemoth levels Manhattan, a daring dash to rescue Beth begins, while at the same time, everything is recorded through the lens of a hand-held camcorder, amid mayhem and destruction. In the end, where did this relentless invader come from, and above all, is there a chance of survival? As they go to investigate, an adventure deep into the streets of New York begins, as the friends are determined to rescue Rob's true love. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some Thing Has Found Us


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clover See more »

Filming Locations:

Coney Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,146,546, 20 January 2008

Gross USA:

$80,048,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$170,764,026
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many fans think that the digital recreation of the head of the statue of liberty is too small, which is untrue. The movie shows us the actual proportions of the Statue of Liberty. These dimensions are taken from the National Park Service: (1) Head from chin to cranium, 17 feet 3 inches (5.26 metres); and (2) Head thickness from ear to ear, 10 feet 0 inches (3.05 metres). The head could easily fit on a city street, even on its side. The whole statue is only 151 feet (46.02 metres) high. The pedestal adds another 154 feet (46.94 metres). The makers of the film cited Escape from New York's poster as the inspiration for the Statue head scene in Cloverfield. However, that film's poster depicts the head as unrealistically large, which might account for the misconception that the head in Cloverfield is too small. There had also been claims that the head is too big. Supposedly, the creators received many complaints of the head looking too small in the teaser trailer, so they increased the head's size by 50% for the movie. If you compare the head in the teaser trailer with the head in the theatrical trailer, it appears larger in the latter. See more »

Goofs

It's clear that Rob didn't record for 7 hours. There are about 70 minutes of footage in the movie, so the battery would only have had to last that long. Most consumer digital cameras, even battery-hungry miniDV devices, boast a recording time of more than 2 hours on the supplied battery pack, and on the order of five hours on the manufacturer's high-endurance option. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rob Hawkins: It's 6:42 AM. Beth's dad's place. He's out of town. And it's already a good day.
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Crazy Credits

During the Paramount and Bad Robot logos, ambiance can be heard faintly in the background. See more »

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Soundtracks

Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
Written by George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins) & Jerome Brailey
Performed by Parliament
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Intense!
18 January 2008 | by ven2sSee all my reviews

I thought that this movie would have its best scenes in the trailers, so when I went in I did not expect too much. But I did expect that it would be different given JJ Abram's influence on Alias. Well, if you're not much for jumpy cameras and are prone to motion sickness, you probably will not stay too long in the theater. But if you can focus wide and not get caught up too much in the details, you are in for an intense and unique take on the monster hits a major city (New York) genre. Where does it come from? What is it? One can speculate, but the movie is really dealing with the trauma of a small group of party goers and their encounter with the extraordinary! The effects are amazing, the acting by relative unknowns, hits on all marks; making the movie all the more convincing to the very end. Not for the faint of heart or the under-aged; under 17s might be up nights with the shakes, definitely don't take preteens! Way better than, "The Mist," a must see for giant monster fans everywhere!


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