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Wonderstruck (2017)

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Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who's life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rose
... Lillian Mayhew / Rose
... Walter
... Dr. Kincaid, Rose's Father
... Otto, Museum Guard
... Workman
... Pearl, The Maid
... Dr. Gill, Teacher of the Deaf
Carole Addabbo ... Miss Conrad at the Museum
Howard Seago ... Remy Rubin, Theater Director
... Stage Manager
... Valentin (as John McGinty)
Mark A. Keeton ... Shopkeeper
... Window Dresser
... Officer Engel


Tells the tale of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, Rose searches for the actress who's life she chronicles in her scrapbook; in 1977, Ben runs away from home to find his father.

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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.


Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muzej čudesa  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,882, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,033,632, 10 December 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Selznick was inspired to write Wonderstruck after receiving feedback from readers who felt quiet while gazing at drawings in between sections of his first novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. See more »


When Ben enters the rotunda of the American Museum of Natural History, he walks past the mounted skeletons of the Allosaurus attacking a Barosaurus defending its young, as seen in the museum today. However, this exhibit was not mounted until 1991, and wouldn't have been seen in 1977. See more »


Ben: How do you know my name?
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Fox on the Run
Written by Brian Connolly (as Brian Francis Connolly), Steve Priest (as Stephen N Priest), Andy Scott (as Andrew David Scott) and Mick Tucker (as Michael Thomas Tucker)
Performed by Sweet
Courtesy of Capitol Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
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I really, really wanted to like this more than I did.
24 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film has two things going for it that meant I should have loved it. It was written Brian Selznick...the same person who wrote the wonderful "Hugo"...a terrific film that inexplicably lost a ton of money. And, it features two main characters who are deaf...and since I use sign language and have a deaf daughter, I really wanted to love it. But, sadly, the story had so many ridiculous plot elements and relied too often on magical resolutions, it lost me.

The film is about two people whose lives you see in their childhood. One is a deaf girl in 1927 who goes to New York City to try to find her very famous mother who abandoned her. The other is a 12 year- old who is struck by lightning and becomes deaf. He, inexplicably, finds a book and receipt and is suddenly convinced that he has to run away from Minnesota and make his way to New York City...something that never made an ounce of sense. How he KNEW his destiny was in New York, I have no idea and based on the flimsy evidence I could only assume the child was insane. Yet, like a movie, when he goes to New York things inexplicably work out AND he has a happy ending...and meets the girl from 1927.

Had the film involved magic fairies or the like, it might have worked for me. But to assume all the plot elements somehow are leading the boy to his destiny in New York is preposterous. So, we end up having a very weak story with some decent performances.

By the way, the only deaf actor in the film does NOT sign. And, the signing of the ones who do is only fair in quality (particularly the brother). The things you know because you sign!

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