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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

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Tom Ford

Writers:

Tom Ford (screenplay by), Austin Wright (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Susan Morrow
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Tony Hastings / Edward Sheffield
Michael Shannon ... Bobby Andes
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Ray Marcus
Isla Fisher ... Laura Hastings
Ellie Bamber ... India Hastings
Armie Hammer ... Hutton Morrow
Karl Glusman ... Lou
Robert Aramayo ... Turk
Laura Linney ... Anne Sutton
Andrea Riseborough ... Alessia
Michael Sheen ... Carlos
Bobbi Salvör Menuez ... Samantha Morrow (as India Menuez)
Imogen Waterhouse ... Chloe
Franco Vega Franco Vega ... Driver
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Storyline

A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

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When you love someone you can't just throw it away

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scene where Susan is walking to her office, she walks by a poster that reads "REVENGE" and stops to look at it. See more »

Goofs

Susan Morrow leaves Tony Morrow who is of graduate school age and meets Hutton who is presumably her age in the movie and they have a daughter who is now college aged. Hutton appeared to be much younger than Susan's character like in his early 30's which is true in real life. So he could not have a college age daughter with her. See more »

Quotes

Edward Sheffield: [to Susan] When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.
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Wow
12 August 2019 | by pkollmeierSee all my reviews

I fell into this movie not really knowing a thing about it. A friend told me to watch it and I went for it. I'm so glad that I did. For starters, the score is amazing. It really has a way of putting you in a mood and refusing to let go.

From the onset of the movie, we see an unhappy Susan in her unhappy life with her handsome husband in a luxurious and over-the-top home. These material goods bring her no joy and we can see that her life is in shambles.

As the movie progresses, we start to see why. I don't want to spoil this one. It's best to go in blind and let the movie do what it does best. With one of the most tense scenes I've seen in years, Ford and Editor Joan Sobel pull off a masterpiece with dual storytelling aspects that had me deeply invested in both storylines up until the very end of the film.

Give this one a watch but prepare to really have your mind open up into some places I never knew it could go.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tony and Susan See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$492,648, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$10,663,357

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,311,857
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2.35 : 1
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