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The Awakening (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $95,933Details
International Box Office $6,828,388Details
Worldwide Box Office $6,924,321
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THE AWAKENING is set in 1921, in a post-war England where many of the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is committed to debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations. When she is asked to visit a boarding school in the countryside called Rookwood - to investigate the alleged sightings of a ghostly young boy - she feels compelled to take the job. Once at Rookwood, she sets to work, laying traps and gathering scientific evidence. Gradually secrets begin to unravel and the mystery surrounding the ghost appears nothing more than a schoolboy prank. As Florence is set to leave, however, she experiences a chilling encounter that defies all reason. One of the schoolmasters, Robert Mallory, worries about Florence's disposition in the aftermath. The incident leaves her scared and confused, but she is determined to get to the bottom of it and decides to stay on while the rest of the children go home for Christmas. She is not alone, however, as three others stay on with her: Maud, the matron, whose initial request had brought Florence to the school; Tom, a young boy whose parents cannot care for him over the break; and Mallory, who, having recently fought in the Great War, is plagued by visions of the past. Over the coming days the blurred image of a child-like ghost haunts Florence and she begins to doubt her resolve, increasingly unable to provide any logical explanation for the bizarre goings-on. As her bond with Mallory deepens, they are drawn to one another by their shared sense of loneliness and together they ready themselves to face their demons.


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Movie Details

Production Budget:$4,900,000
Domestic Releases: August 17th, 2012 (Limited) by Cohen Media Group
Video Release: January 29th, 2013 by Universal Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for some violence and sexuality/nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2226, 6/6/2012)
Running Time: 102 minutes
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Keywords: Paranormal Investigation, Boarding School, Surprise Twist, Hauntings, Suicide, Skeptic
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Fantasy
Production Companies: Optimum Releasing, BBC Films, StudioCanal, Scottish Screen, Origin Pictures Productions
Production Countries: United Kingdom

Leading Cast

   Florence Cathcart
   Maud Hill

Supporting Cast

Lucy Cohu    Constance Strickland
John Shrapnel    Reverend Hugh Purslow
Cal Macaninch    Freddie Strickland
Isaac Hempstead-Wright    Tom
Joseph Mawle    Edward Judd

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Production and Technical Credits

Nick Murphy    Screenwriter
Stephen Volk    Screenwriter
Sarah Curtis    Producer
Julia Stannard    Producer
David M. Thompson    Producer
Eduard Grau    Cinematographer
Victoria Boydell    Editor
Shaheen Baig    Casting Director
Jon Henson    Production Designer
Daniel Phillips    Make-up and Hair Designer
Kristyan Mallett    Special Effects Supervisor
Caroline Harris    Costume Designer

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Frank Discussion about Limited Releases

August 17th, 2012

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/08/17 40 $95,933   70 $1,370   $95,933 1

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Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/08/17 47 $95,933   70 $1,370   $95,933 1

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