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City of Ember (2008)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy |.

City of Ember is a American science fiction adventure film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Directed by Gil Kenan in his live-action directorial debut, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Mackenzie Crook, Martin Landau, Mary Kay Place, Toby Jones and Tim Robbins.

Produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone and Walden Media, City of Ember was theatrically released on October 10, 2008 by 20th Century Fox, two months after the release of the final book in the series, The Diamond of Darkhold. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office bomb, grossing only $17.9 million against a budget of $55 million. It became a cult film over time. As of 2019, there are no plans for a sequel or reboot.

As an unspecified global catastrophe looms, an underground city known as Ember is constructed to shelter a large group of survivors. In addition, a small metal box intended for a future generation of Emberites is timed to open after 200 years. This box is entrusted to the Mayor of the City of Ember, and each Mayor passes it on to his or her successor. When the seventh Mayor dies suddenly, the succession is broken, and over time, the significance of the box is forgotten. The box opens by itself at the allotted time, but this goes unnoticed. Several decades later, Ember’s generator begins to fail, and food, medicine and other necessities are in dangerously short supply.

At a rite of passage for all graduating students of Ember City School, Mayor Cole stands before the students as their adult occupations are assigned by lottery.

Director: Gil Kenan

Writers: Caroline Thompson (screenplay), Jeanne Duprau (book)

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray, Mackenzie Crook, Martin Landau, Mary Kay Place, Toby Jones, Tim Robbins


Saoirse RonanLina Mayfleet
David RyallChief Builder
Harry TreadawayDoon Harrow
Mary Kay PlaceMrs. Murdo
Tim RobbinsLoris Harrow
Bill MurrayMayor Cole
Mackenzie CrookLooper
Toby JonesBarton Snode
Liam BurkeMr. Boaz
Brid Ni ChionaolaSeely Schnap
Maureen DowMrs. Sample
Lucinda DryzekLizzie Bisco
Lorraine HiltonMiss Thorn
B.J. HoggMayor’s Guard
Marianne Jean-BaptisteClary
Matt JessupJoss
Simon KunzCaptain Fleery
Martin LandauSul
Conor MacNeillStudent
Eoin McAndrewStudent
Frankie McCaffertyArbin Swinn
Ian McElhinneyBuilder
Lara McIvorRoner
Rachel MortonStudent
Mark MulhollandPortrait Painter
Valerie O’ConnorPerson in Line
Ann QueensberryDoctor Tower
Amy QuinnPoppy
Catherine QuinnPoppy
Liz SmithGranny
Becky StarkSong Master
Myles ThompsonSmat
Laura WebsterTownsperson
Heathcote WilliamsSadge Merrall
Terry BamberThird man in line
Bernadette DobbinVarious
Judy DonovanMayor’s Secretary
Cathal J. FerrisMessenger / Pipe Worker
Jot MaxiStreet Sweeper
Christopher L. ParsonAdditional Voices (voice)
Megan RiordanBeliever
Drew ThompsonOther Believer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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