Take Shelter

Take Shelter

Director: Jeff Nichols Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart

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An Ohio family man experiences a series of disturbing visions that gradually begin to weigh on his marriage and community when he begins obsessively constructing a heavily fortified storm shelter. Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) has a good life. He lives in a beautiful house with his loving wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), and their deaf six-year-old daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), but begins to sense that something ominous is on the horizon when the dark clouds of swelling storms begin invading his dreams. Taciturn, Curtis refuses to discuss the dreams with anyone, but feels compelled to dig out a massive storm shelter with the help of a good friend (Shea Whigham). Meanwhile, as Samantha grows increasingly concerned with Curtis' erratic behavior, the local rumor mill begins to churn. Are Curtis' dreams a prophetic omen of things to come, or is he perhaps headed down the same dark road as his mother, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when she was approximately the same age that he is now?

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2012
UPC: 0043396394940
Original Release: 2011
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:01:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Commentary with Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon ; Behind the scenes of Take Shelter; Q&A with Michael Shannon & Shea Whigham

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Shannon Curtis
Jessica Chastain Samantha
Tova Stewart Hannah
Shea Whigham Dewart
Katy Mixon Nat
Natasha Randall Cammie
Ron Kennard Russell
Scott Knisley Lewis
Robert Longstreet Jim
Heather Caldwell Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen Woman in Road
John Kloock Man in Road
Maryanna Alacchi Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic News Anchor
Bob Maines Walter Jacobs
Charles Moore Man at Window
Pete Ferry Melvin
Molly McGinnis Janine
Angie Marino-Smith Kathryn
Isabelle Smith Sue
Tina Stump Nurse
Ken Strunk Doctor Shannan
Maryann Nagel Insurance Agent
Hailee Dickens Pharmacist
Kathy Baker Sarah
Guy Van Swearingen Myers
Lisa Gay Hamilton Kendra
William Alexander EMT
Joanna Tyler Attendant
Stuart Greer Army-Navy Dave
Ray McKinnon Kyle
Jake Lockwood Andy
Kim Hendrickson Customer
Bart Flynn Dave
Nick Koesters Rich
Jeffrey Grover Psychiatrist

Technical Credits
Jeff Nichols Director,Screenwriter
Joshua Chase Sound/Sound Designer
David Wingo Score Composer
Tyler Davidson Producer
Will E. Files Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Green Executive Producer
Parke Gregg Editor
Lyman Hardy Sound/Sound Designer
Timothy Johnson Asst. Director
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones Executive Producer
Chad Keith Production Designer
Jennifer Klide Art Director
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos Executive Producer
Sophia Lin Producer
Karen Malecki Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Perot Executive Producer
Ryan Putz Sound Mixer
Richard Rothfeld Executive Producer
Robert Ruggeri Co-producer
Adam Stone Cinematographer
Colin Strause Executive Producer
Greg Strause Executive Producer
Adam Wilkins Co-producer

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Take Shelter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
Michael Shannon delivers an outstanding performance as Curtis, a working class Midwesterner overcome by a disturbing, foreboding sense of impending doom in “Take Shelter,” a menacingly brilliant film in which every scene intensifies the mounting tension of Curtis’ life. As horrific dreams disturb Curtis, we witness his devoted wife Samantha (played, in another astounding performance, by Jessica Chastain, who seems to be cornering the market on suffering middle-class wife roles) desperately trying to maintain some sense of normality in their lives by selling her wares at a swap meet and taking care of their young deaf daughter. Curtis witnesses coming storms that only he seems to see. He begins exhibiting bizarre behavior that threatens his relationship with his wife, jeopardizes his job, and undermines his credibility in the community. Writer-director Jeff Nichols masterfully weaves a complex tale of one man’s apparent mental collapse and its consequences on those around him—but strong undercurrents of uncertainty permeate throughout this film. Is Curtis really losing his mind? Are his visions and dreams really omens of what is to come? Never before have I rooted so hard for a character’s sanity. The tension mounts to an almost unbearable climax—only to yield to a truly remarkable final scene. See this movie—it is a powerful and majestic work of cinematic art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago