The Beaver

May 19th, 2011








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The Beaver

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Plot
A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.8/10 (16,004 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Jodie Foster

Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin

Storyline
A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

Cast:
Mel Gibson - Walter Black
Cherry Jones - Vice President
Jodie Foster - Meredith Black
Anton Yelchin - Porter Black
Riley Thomas Stewart - Henry Black
Zachary Booth - Jared
Jennifer Lawrence - Norah
Jeff Corbett - Volunteer Dad
Baylen Thomas - Skeptical Man
Sam Breslin Wright - Man
Kelly Coffield Park - Norah's Mom
Michael Rivera - Hector
Kris Arnold - Waiter
Elizabeth Kaledin - Reporter
Matt Lauer - Himself

Taglines: He's here to save Walter's life.



Details

Official Website: Summit Entertainment [United States] |

Release Date: 19 May 2011

Filming Locations: 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $107,577 (USA) (8 May 2011) (22 Screens)

Gross: $970,816 (USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Before Summit Entertainment settled for a release date in Spring 2011, this film had been shelved due to Mel Gibson allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Walter Black: This is a picture of Walter Black, a hopelessly depressed individual. Somewhere inside him is a man who fell in love. Who started a family. Who ran a successful company. That man has gone missing. No matter what he's tried, and he's tried everything, Walter can't seem to bring him back. It's as if he's died, but hasn't had the good sense to take his body with him. So mostly what he does is sleep.



User Review

Broken Man Facing His Demons Works for Gibson

Rating: 8/10

Although it's difficult to watch Mel Gibson now without the backdrop of alcoholism, abuse, bigotry, rants and disappointment, this role may actually be the perfect role for him to re-appear on the screen with sympathy and hope of redemption. He plays this role perfectly and the viewer is sucked into the emotion and distress of all characters dealing with their own challenges. It's a beautiful movie with a powerful message. Some have criticized Jodie Foster's directing, but I found the film to be very balanced with the right amount of comedy and tragedy. I loved the camera work and editing, especially with the Beaver as its own character. I also liked the secondary storyline about the teenagers. All the performances were very good. I think the entire movie is very well done, and although I have not changed my personal opinion of Mel Gibson at all, the movie does make you very sympathetic towards families dealing with crisis including his own, and as an actor, he pulls off a very difficult role.




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