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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

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A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, escapes home, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (screenplay), Guillaume Laurant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Clair, Mother
Judy Davis ... Ms. Jibsen
Callum Keith Rennie ... Father
Kyle Catlett ... T.S. Spivet
Niamh Wilson ... Gracie
Jakob Davies ... Layton
Rick Mercer Rick Mercer ... Roy
Dominique Pinon ... Two Clouds
Julian Richings ... Ricky
Richard Jutras ... Mr. Stenpock
Mairtin O'Carrigan Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Lecturer
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Train Station Guard
Dawn Ford ... Marge
Harry Standjofski ... Policeman
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Secretary
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Storyline

T.S. Spivet lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late) and his 14 year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. T.S. is a 10 year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. One day, he receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his discovery of the perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the U.S.A. to reach Washington DC. There is also Layton, twin brother of T.S., who died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El extraordinario viaje de T.S. Spivet See more »

Filming Locations:

Longview, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,658, 2 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,462, 30 August 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film to use the Arri Alexa M camera. See more »

Goofs

In Chicago, the reflections in T.S.'s train window show a view of the Trump building, the Wrigley building, and the Michigan Avenue bridge. There are no train tracks in Chicago which could provide that view. See more »

Quotes

T.S. Spivet: How beautiful the sun when newly risen, and explodes in the morning greetings happy as the man who can lovingly salute its rising more glorious than a dream.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are dubbed to replace a use of the word "motherfucker" with "melon farmer" for a 12A rating. See more »

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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Shadows of Earth
Written by Clint Mansell
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Award Deserving Story with or without 3D
29 March 2014 | by in1984See all my reviews

8.5 of 10. Genius kid invents a perpetual motion machine, goes on adventure. Simple but without a well-developed plot and quirky characters like the one Helena Bonham Carter plays (and continues to set her characters apart from every other actor on the planet), this would be heavily dependent on 3D to be worth viewing in theaters.

What starts out as seemingly just a nerd on the ranch family comedy, develops into a more complex tale. Then when it seems to have reduced to a road-trip, self-discovery story, it once again expands and delivers more.

The other key character in this is played by Judy Davis. There are, however, an ongoing stream of brilliant characters to provide fun and suspense in what really shouldn't be promoted as just 3D kid action.


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