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A Cure for Wellness (2016)

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An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps, but soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Director Pieterson
Victoria Watkins
Roland E. Pembroke
Frank Hill
Ashok Mandanna ...
Ron Nair
Pieter The Vet
Peter Benedict ...
Michael Mendl ...
Maggie Steed ...
Mrs. Abramov
Hank Green


An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All of us are human. None of us are immune.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content and images, sexual content including an assault, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La cura siniestra  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,356,941 (USA) (19 February 2017)


$8,106,986 (USA) (23 March 2017)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally Hans Zimmer was attached to compose the music for this film but he dropped out to focus on Dunkirk (2017), a film by Christopher Nolan. He was replaced by Benjamin Wallfisch. See more »


When looking at the dental x-rays allegedly of Pembroke, one is from 12 year old with severe dental problems and not a 60 year old man. Baby teeth are present and the adult teeth due to come through are visible. See more »


[last lines]
Volmer: Everything I've Done Has Been For HER
Hannah: Dad? DAD
[Volmer looks round to see Hannah smash a shovel into his skull]
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare is silent and the logo fades out early. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: A Cure for Wellness (2017) See more »


Danny's Song
Written by Kenny Loggins
Performed by Pat Valentino & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Surrey House Music
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Gorgeously done, and well written
17 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an avid movie goer, and occasional reviewer, I am one (like most) to naturally flock to the reviews of Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and the user flooded IMDb... Verbinksi's A Cure For Wellness strikes all categories on what a suspenseful "thriller" should be. I myself watch countless thrillers, as they along with horrors, are my favorite genre. Upon seeing the reviews for A Cure for Wellness, I was both disappointed and worried... I had expected a much more positive response, with not only a solid cast headlined by he greatly under- appreciated Dane DeHaan, but also a suspenseful and artistic director, in Gore Verbinksi. With that being said, this movie was phenomenal.

To actually describe this movie in a flurry of words, my choice would be; eerie, suspenseful, captivating, and gorgeous. The movie itself takes place in the Swiss Alps, at a mental institution "devoted to making you well again", and the colors, and abilities to exploit the sound effects, score, and draw you in with rather sexual and ostentatious visuals, along with gory and disturbing ones is exquisite. DeHaan's role as Lockhart, is in my opinion, one of his best works aside from Chronicle. I personally believe he is undermined especially after a rather catastrophic blow from his depiction of Green Goblin in Spider-Man.

All in all, I would give this movie an 8.7/10, being that I was drawn in, and fell in love with both the visual appeals and the stunning work on color and sound, but also the fact that both DeHaan and Isaacs made me feel as if I was a patient searching for a cure... This movie satisfied my lofty expectations, and I felt not only like my demands were met, but even exceeded. Gorgeous work and a very enjoyable movie. (AGE: 17+ for nudity/violence/language/grotesque scenes)

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