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Night at the Museum (2006)

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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

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Shawn Levy

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Robert Ben Garant (screenplay), Thomas Lennon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Larry Daley
Carla Gugino ... Rebecca
Dick Van Dyke ... Cecil
Mickey Rooney ... Gus
Bill Cobbs ... Reginald
Jake Cherry ... Nick Daley
Ricky Gervais ... Dr. McPhee
Robin Williams ... Teddy Roosevelt
Kim Raver ... Erica Daley
Patrick Gallagher ... Attila the Hun
Rami Malek ... Ahkmenrah
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Christopher Columbus
Charlie Murphy ... Taxi Driver
Steve Coogan ... Octavius
Mizuo Peck ... Sacajawea
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Storyline

In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

This Christmas, it won't be a silent night. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,433,781, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$250,863,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$574,480,841
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Stiller watched Mission: Impossible (1996) and Mission: Impossible II (2000) in order to run the way his long-time friend Tom Cruise does. See more »

Goofs

When the Mayans attack Larry by shooting poison darts at him, the darts leave two very large welts on his face that also appears to have caused him to lose feeling there as well. But as the camera scene cuts to him trying to defend himself from a second, larger attack the welts are gone from his face and he takes about a dozen darts in his hand, this time with no apparent effect. See more »

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[first lines]
Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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The opening credits have a 3-dimensional appearance -- and cast shadows and reflections on their backgrounds See more »

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Referenced in Ultimate Spider-Man: Halloween Night at the Museum (2014) See more »

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Tequila
(1996)
Written by Chuck Río (as Chuck Rio)
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Masters International
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Museums; " Where History comes Alive "
18 August 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

All Hollywood movies have one thing in common. They have the special ability to make past eras of history, rich, poignant and interesting. That is the premise of this film, "A Night at The Museum." It is the simple story of a father, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) who has developed a strained relation with his son. The boy, like most children wishes his bond with his father was more secure. Instead, Larry dreams of becoming an over-night success with his wild 'get rich' schemes. In doing so he puts in jeopardy the custody of his son. To remedy this situation, Larry takes a job as a night-watchman at a museum. Unbeknownst to him, three aging guards, Cecil, Gus and Reginald (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs) do not inform him of their larcenous intentions, nor of the 'Special' magic which descends upon the place each night. Because of the three aging veterans of Hollywood and a well-placed Robin Williams, this movie is destined for Classic status. Due to the incredible artistry of special Effects, what the viewer sees is nothing short of wondrous. This is a fantastic movie. If pressed to find a flaw in the film, I'd say, I would have chosen someone like, Jim Carey or Michael Richards for the father/son scenes as Mr. Stiller was a bit artificial. Still, the movie is worth seeing as it is. ****


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