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Sucker Punch (2011)

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A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

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Zack Snyder

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Zack Snyder (screenplay), Steve Shibuya (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Browning ... Babydoll
Abbie Cornish ... Sweet Pea
Jena Malone ... Rocket
Vanessa Hudgens ... Blondie
Jamie Chung ... Amber
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Vera Gorski
Oscar Isaac ... Blue Jones
Jon Hamm ... High Roller / Doctor
Scott Glenn ... Wise Man
Richard Cetrone ... CJ
Gerard Plunkett ... Stepfather
Malcolm Scott ... The Cook
Ron Selmour ... Danforth
A.C. Peterson ... Mayor / Lighter Orderly (as AC Peterson)
Revard Dufresne Revard Dufresne ... Big Boss Thug / Orderly #3
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Storyline

A young girl (Baby Doll) is locked away in a mental asylum by her abusive stepfather where she will undergo a lobotomy in five days' time. Faced with unimaginable odds, she retreats to a fantastical world in her imagination where she and four other female inmates at the asylum, plot to escape the facility. The lines between reality and fantasy blur as Baby Doll and her four companions, as well as a mysterious guide, fight to retrieve the five items they need that will allow them to break free from their captors before it's too late... Written by Anonymous

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A mind bending vision of reality from the director of Watchmen & 300. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sucker Punch: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$82,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,058,199, 27 March 2011

Gross USA:

$36,392,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,792,502
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The two banners beside Wise Man (Scott Glenn) as shown in the trailer are a famous couplet from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu: "Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain." This was later made into a famous battle standard by the Japanese warlord Takeda Shingen. See more »

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Before BabyDoll saves Rocket from the cook, she is scrubbing the floor with a brush and bucket. When they run from the kitchen back out to the hallway, you can see the brush and bucket but the floor is dry. See more »

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[first lines]
Sweet Pea: Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.
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Crazy Credits

Behind the final credits, there are short disconnected snippets of a musical performance involving Blue, Mrs Gorski and the dancers, performing "Love is the Drug". See more »

Alternate Versions

There is an extended cut that is 18 minutes longer than the theatrical cut only available on Blu-ray. See more »


Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart (as David Stewart)
Produced by Marius De Vries and Tyler Bates
Performed by Emily Browning
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Why Sucker Punch Works and why it will rock DVD sales
1 April 2011 | by GeneR777See all my reviews

I originally wrote a review the day after I saw Sucker Punch. I panned it. To me my initial feelings were rather lukewarm at best.

But then I gave it some time.

And as I went through my days afterward my mind would wander back to the story and think about the visual food for thought.

Yeah, the girls are hot. Yeah, the action is over the top, but if you look at the emotional landscape that is being explored in a more literal fashion via the action then yeah, this is a pretty cool idea.

Sometimes films come along that are a "sucker punch" in terms of originality. The general public usually reacts negatively to it which leads to poor box office results. But later on the audience has had a chance to digest what was given and revisits the film and breaths new life into it.

My prediction is that such a situation will happen with Sucker Punch. It'll probably not recoup its initial budget at the box office. People will flood the IMDb forum with reasons why it did not work. We will probably see about a few dozen threads at least where people will vent their reasons why they hate the film and why you too should not see it.

But given some time it will recoup via video sales and other distribution deals.

Why?

Because it's still a solid story. The style of the movie is an Otaku's wet dream, but overall result is still the same: it does surprise and give ample food for thought.

Think of it as stylized parable about repression, personal will and sacrifice. Because sooner or later after all the negative backlash and reviews blow by those emotional messages will be all that will be left.

And people will remember it for that reason.


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