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What Maisie Knew (2012)

R | | Drama | 3 May 2013 (USA)
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In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle.

Writers:

Nancy Doyne (screenplay by), Carroll Cartwright (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julianne Moore ... Susanna
Steve Coogan ... Beale
Alexander Skarsgård ... Lincoln
Joanna Vanderham ... Margo
Onata Aprile ... Maisie
Sadie Rae Sadie Rae ... Zoe (as Sadie Rae Lee)
Jesse Stone Spadaccini Jesse Stone Spadaccini ... Martin (as Jesse Spadaccini)
Diana García ... Cecelia (as Diana Garcia Soto)
Amelia Campbell ... Ms. Baine
Maddie Corman ... Ms. Fairchild-Tetenbaum
Paddy Croft Paddy Croft ... Mrs. Wix
Trevor Long ... Musician #1
Emma Holzer ... Holly
Nadia Gan ... Hostess
Samantha Buck ... Zoe's Mother
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Storyline

WHAT MAISIE KNEW is a contemporary New York City re-visioning of the Henry James novel by the same name, written by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne. It revolves around unwitting 7-year-old Maisie, caught in the middle of a custody battle between her mother Suzanna, an aging rock star, and her father, Beale, a major art dealer. In a race to win the court's advantage, Beale marries Maisie's nanny Margo, prompting Suzanna in turn to marry friend and local bartender, Lincoln. Both forced into a battle neither wishes to be a part of, Margo and Lincoln come to empathize with Maisie's position and over time with one another's. Teased by the notion of making their own surrogate family, the trio must either submit to the will of Maisie's parents or eventually face their wrath. Written by Fortissimo Films [nl]

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Hold on with all your heart.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Maisie Knew See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,480, 5 May 2013

Gross USA:

$1,066,471

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,711,379
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview on the NPR program "Fresh Air", Julianne Moore said that she drew on Courtney Love and Patti Smith for inspiration for her character in this movie, who is (like Love and Smith) a rock star who is also a mother. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Susanna: Want to sleep with mommy tonight?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: In my bed?
Maisie: Um hmm.
Susanna: You promise not to kick me?
Maisie: I promise.
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Connections

Version of What Maisie Knew (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Feeling of Being
Performed by Lucy Schwartz
Written by Lucy Schwartz and Sally Seltmann
Courtesy of Fortunate Fool Records
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User Reviews

 
Small and Intense
2 June 2013 | by diarmidbtSee all my reviews

I've read five previously posted reviews of this film and see no reason to repeat what they've already said. I agree, for the most part, with the positive ones. And I suspect the negative ones were written by people whose established taste in movies should have steered them away from seeing this one in the first place.

What I'll add is, I guess, a mostly personal perspective. I've found that I am lately much more drawn to smaller, more deeply felt movies than to bigger, slicker, higher-production-value ones. To "What Maisie Knew," for example, than to "The Great Gatsby." Even though both source novels share a similar interior aesthetic, the treatment in the former stays inside the characters, where James focused the original (thus causing one of the previous reviewers' comments to the effect that "nothing happens" in the movie), while the latter (possibly because of Luhrmann's well-established directorial predilections)stays resolutely focused on the exterior spectacle and barely skims the surface of Fitzgerald's deeply rendered characterizations.

If you like smaller, more closely observed and deeply felt films, you'll like this one.


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