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The Shortcut (2009)

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Two brothers come upon a rarely used shortcut in their new town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katrina Bowden ... Christy
Jeremy Bastian Jeremy Bastian ... Benjamin Hartley (1940s)
Cavan Cunningham ... School Administrator
William B. Davis ... Benjamin Hartley
Benjamin DeWalt Benjamin DeWalt ... Benjamin Hartley (1950s)
Nicholas Elia ... Tobey
Josh Emerson ... Taylor
Raymond J. Barry ... Old Man / Ivor Hartley (as Raymond Barry)
Dave Franco ... Mark
Jonelle Gunderson ... Sally (1950s)
Shannon Jardine ... Ms. Milan
Scott Lyster ... Dougie
Christine MacInnis Christine MacInnis ... Mrs. Hartley
Daniel Maslany ... Ivor Hartley (1950s)
Maxine Miller Maxine Miller ... Grandma
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Storyline

High school senior Derek was adjusting to life in a new town when he discovered an overgrown path leading into the woods. According to his classmates, the local kids used to use it as a shortcut before a malevolent farmer began chasing them away with a shovel. Eventually, a few of the local kids went missing under mysterious circumstances. Rumor has it that the old man got them. Now years have passed, and no one dares go near the path. The townspeople have simply accepted the fact that it's off limits. But Derek suspects that the old man is hiding something, and he's determined to find out what it is. Once he uncovers the sinister secret that lies just beyond the trees, however, he may not live to reveal the awful truth. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, language, sexual material, thematic elements and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Atalho See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The only movie produced by Adam Sandler's production company "Happy Madison Productions" under the moniker "Scary Madison". See more »

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It is announced at the beginning of the film that the year is 1945, and there is a prominent banner for Hartley High School's Homecoming. A young man entering the Marines says he's going to be stationed in Germany, which is important because he has to "Stop the Nazis." Homecoming dances at USA high schools are in October or November, which means the dialogue takes place in October or November of 1945. Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945, and the Nazi party quickly dissolved. World War II was over by the time this conversation took place. See more »

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References Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2008) See more »

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Why does the Shortcut feel so long?
15 July 2011 | by arfdawg-1See all my reviews

Yikes. Really dumb confusing movie. The title translates to "dont go in the woods cuz there's a killer in there. Or is there? The acting isn't all that bad, but there is no cohesive story.

The plot meanders from the 40s to 50s to present. And then there's a decent surprise ending that is totally ruined by an incomprehensible second surprise ending 10 minutes later.

It is so out of place you'll be wondering what they were thinking -- like a sequel? Come on folks. Are you delusional?

In all, you'll just feel let down and like you wasted 90 minutes.

Too bad.it could have been good with a better script.


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