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Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

4.1 84
Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Dick Van Dyke


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The new night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in this wild fantasy comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke. Larry Daley


The new night watchman at New York's Museum of Natural History finds that the job comes with more responsibility than he ever dreamed in this wild fantasy comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke. Larry Daley (Stiller) is a kind-hearted dreamer who always knew that he was destined for greatness, he just never quite knew how. None of his ideas or inventions has panned out, so with a heavy heart, he takes a regular job as a lowly graveyard-shift security guard at the Museum of Natural History in order to provide a more stable life for himself and his ten-year-old son. His first night on the job, however, he finds that guardianship of the museum is far from stable -- at nightfall, an Egyptian spell brings the artifacts and wax figures to life! With Attila the Hun charging to war through the hallways, the diorama miniatures embroiled in a deadly feud, and a two-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex nagging to play fetch, Larry has half a mind to turn tail and run. On top of cleaning up after two million years of historical chaos every night, he also has to make sure that not a single museum piece leaves the building -- from the bratty Capuchin monkey in the African exhibit, to the life-sized Neanderthal in the prehistoric display -- because if morning light falls on an escaped artifact, it will turn to dust. Larry turns to a wax replica of President Roosevelt (Williams) for a little advice on keeping things in tact, but Teddy seems to think that a man of Larry's greatness needs little help. Larry isn't sure if the former commander in chief is right; this is hardly what he signed up for, but he can't pass up the chance to care for a museum where history really does come to life.

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It's pretty rare for a movie to evoke laughter and delight for audiences both young and old, but Night at the Museum pulls it off. The film stars Ben Stiller as Larry, a divorced dad who's reluctantly given up his dream of entrepreneurial stardom to take a position as the night watchman of the New York Natural History Museum so he can provide more stability for his son. If the sound of an inanely sweet family-oriented comedy makes you want to wretch, however, you have nothing to fear. Night at the Museum occupies itself with Larry's personal story just enough for you to follow him on his wild ride. This film doesn't kid itself: you don't see a movie about a museum where the dinosaurs and mummies spring to life at night because you want to learn a heartwarming lesson. What you want from this kind of fantastical adventure is a couple hours of fun, and this is Night at the Museum's brilliantly simple secret to success. It skips many of the sappy and contrived clichés of the PG realm and doesn't spend too much time revisiting Larry's home life. Instead, the film lets Stiller (along with straight-man co-stars Carla Gugino and Jake Cherry) bring Larry to life through his reactions to what you came to the movie for in the first place: the magic. Stiller is a delight in this regard, at long-last finding a comedic balance between his squeamish, embarrassment-comedy side (à la Meet the Parents) and his over-the-top, bombastic-farce side (à la Dodgeball). With just enough restraint to play the foil for the funny and enchanting special-effects ensemble, he conjures up an average guy we can both laugh at and cheer for -- all while exercising a great skill at physical comedy, of which there is plenty. Stiller throws himself into dives, pratfalls, and chases with impressive energy and deft control (suggesting that he must be in seriously good shape). But along with all the slapstick you'd expect from an adventure comedy, Night at the Museum also benefits from the ironic wit and smart satire of screenwriter Ben Garant (Reno 911!). The result is a clever trick: while your grown-up side is sated with the kind of dry humor that marks Stiller's collaborations with Owen Wilson (who co-stars as a miniature cowboy from an Old West diorama, but spends most of his screen time feuding with Steve Coogan, a miniature Roman Emperor from the warring display next door), the kid in you is free to revel in childish wonder and excitement so completely that when the requisite dorkily happy ending appears in the distance, you probably won't even notice.

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Original Release:
20th Century Fox
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[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Commentary by director Shawn Levy; Commentary by writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Larry Daley
Carla Gugino Rebecca
Dick Van Dyke Cecil Fredricks
Mickey Rooney Gus
Bill Cobbs Reginald
Jake Cherry Nick Daley
Ricky Gervais Dr. McPhee
Robin Williams Teddy Roosevelt
Kim Raver Erica Daley
Patrick Gallagher Atilla The Hun
Rami Malek Ahkmenrah
Pierfrancesco Favino Christopher Columbus
Charlie Murphy Taxi Driver
Steve Coogan Octavius
Mizuo Peck Sacajawea
Kerry Van Der Griend Neanderthal #1
Owen Wilson Jedediah
Dan Rizzuto Neanderthal #2
Matthew Harrison Neanderthal #3
Jody Racicot Neanderthal #4
Paul Rudd Don
Anne Meara Debbie
Martin Christopher Lewis
Martin Sims Clark
Randy Lee Hun #1
Darryl Quon Hun #2
Gerald Wong Hun #3
Paul Chih-Ping Cheng Hun #4
Teagle F. Bougere Teacher (Mike)
Pat Kiernan TV News Anchor
Nico McEown Friend #1
Meshach Peters Friend #2
Matthew Walker Politician
Jason McKinnon Irish Worker
Jonathan Lee Chinese Rail Worker
Jason Vaisvila Vikings
Cade Wagar Vikings
Cory Martin Chinese Terra Cotta Solidier
Brad Garrett Easter Island Head
Jason Glass Blind Driver
Brent Woolsey Larry Riding Double
Blaise Corrigan Stunt Driver
Adam Bryant Teddy Stand-In
Kimberly Bailey Voice Only
Gil Birmingham Voice Only
Robby Bruce Voice Only
Doug Burch Voice Only
Alexander J. Castillo Voice Only
Catherine Cavadini Voice Only
Paul Chen Voice Only
Alex Cong Voice Only
Jessie Flower Voice Only
Pedro U. Garcia Voice Only
Aaron Hendry Voice Only
Barbara Iley Voice Only
Erica Jones Voice Only
Cohl Kenneth Klop Voice Only
Daamen Krall Voice Only
Tommy Lamey Voice Only
Mirayda Levi Voice Only
Raymundo Magana Voice Only
Zahn McClarnon Voice Only
Roberto Medina Voice Only
Arlin Miller Voice Only
Khanya Mkhize Voice Only
Abdoulaye N'Gom Voice Only
Vivianne Nacif Voice Only
Benjamin A. Onyango Ochieng Voice Only
Maggie Palomo Voice Only
Martin Poz Perez Voice Only
Michael Ralph Voice Only
Noreen Reardon Voice Only
Richard Scobie Voice Only
Craig Ricci Shaynak Voice Only
Gubbi Sigurdsson Voice Only
Stefan Karl Stefansson Voice Only
Mark Sussman Voice Only
Joel Sweto Voice Only
Regina Taufen Voice Only
Travis Quentin Young Voice Only
Ruth Zalduondo Voice Only
Mike Desabrais Singer

Technical Credits
Shawn Levy Director,Producer
Trevor Addie Stunts
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Charlie Attrill Stunts
Aaron Au Stunts
Michael Barnathan Producer
Loyd Bateman Stunts
Shawn Beaton Stunts
Kate Biscoe Makeup
Rob "Sluggo" Boyce Stunts
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Dennis Briest Special Effects
Simon Burnett Stunts
Glenn Bydwell Set Decoration/Design
Yves Cameron Stunts
Clint Carleton Stunts
Kimberly Chaing Stunts
Raymond Chan Stunts
Lauro Chartrand Stunts
Alexander Chiang Stunts
Chris Columbus Producer
Blaise Corrigan Stunts
Chad Cosgrave Stunts
David Crone Camera Operator
Mike Desabrais Stunts
Glen Dickson Camera Operator
Michael Diner Art Director
Joe A. Dodds Stunts
Andre Dominguez Special Effects
Victoria Down Makeup
Tom Eirickson Stunts
Greg Fitzpatrick Stunts
Robert Ben Garant Original Story,Screenwriter
Francois Gauthier Makeup Special Effects
David Giammarco Sound Mixer
Tom Glass Stunts
Reg Glass Stunts
Chris Gordon Stunts
Michael Green Camera Operator
Alex Green Stunts
Thomas M. Hammel Executive Producer
Stephen Hepworth Special Effects
Carrie Hilton Casting
Dave Hospes Stunts
Kirk Jacques Stunts
Ian Korver Special Effects
Jon Kralt Stunts
Bill Lawrence Stunts
Randy Lee Stunts
Thomas Lennon Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Lewis Stunts
Maestro Studio FX Incorporated Makeup Special Effects
Kit Mallet Stunts
Paul Massey Sound Mixer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Bridget Mcguire Art Director
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director,Co-producer
Cheri Minns Makeup
Mike Mitchell Stunts
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Jovan Nenadic Stunts
Claude Pare Production Designer
Mark A. Radcliffe Executive Producer
Dan Rizzuto Stunts
Kyle C. Rudolph Camera Operator
Paul Rutledge Stunts
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Greg Schlosser Stunts
Marty Eli Schwartz Asst. Director
John Scott Stunts
Todd Scott Stunts
Andrew Sculkthorpe Special Effects
Darren Shahlavi Stunts
Ira Shuman Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Grant Smith Special Effects
Ellen M. Somers Associate Producer
Ilene Starger Casting
John Wright Stevens Art Director
Heath Stevenson Stunts
Sonny Suroweic Stunts
Leo Byusa Teta Stunts
Scott Treliving Special Effects
Troy Dorchester Stunts
Mike Vezina Stunts
Clay Virtue Stunts
Teresa Wilkinson Special Effects
John Wilkinson Special Effects
Gerald Wong Stunts
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer
Eli Zagoudakis Stunts
Ken Zilka Stunts
Don Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night at the Museum
1. Main Titles [2:32]
2. Ordinary Guy [5:24]
3. Job Interview [2:28]
4. The Grand Tour [3:15]
5. First Night in the Museum [2:59]
6. The Instruction Manual [1:40]
7. Miniature People [5:19]
8. Teddy Roosevelt [2:58]
9. History Lesson [4:37]
10. Evil Scheme [3:42]
11. Better Prepared [5:31]
12. Sakagawea [1:58]
13. Open Window [4:26]
14. The Light of Day [2:57]
15. Revealing the Secret [3:52]
16. Thieves [1:24]
17. Ahkmenrah Awakens [5:11]
18. Attila the Hun [3:53]
19. A True Leader [4:31]
20. Protecting the Museum [1:54]
21. Stopping Cecil [4:45]
22. Getting Home Safely [1:02]
23. A Great Man [2:41]
24. End Titles [2:59]


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Night at the Museum 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Bcroker More than 1 year ago
This movie is reaaly funny! Ben, Robin, Ricky, Steve, Brad, Patrick, and Carla at their best and funniest! Dazzling special effects and clever plot! Awesome movie! Highly Recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
animallover234 More than 1 year ago
This movie is one for the entire family. Ben Stiller does an absoultly wonderful job in this movie. When I first saw this movie I wanted to see it over and over again. Kids would love it. What kid dosen't like things in a museum to come to life at night. I wonder what it would be like to be the night guard and be surronded by tons of living things when they weren't real a few hours before. Anyway this movie is great for the entire family with the action, humor, and adventure. There even is a slapping monkey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie made me want to visit the museum of natural histroy. The historical characters were entertainting and I thought it actually had some educational value in introducing these people to kids. It was funny and exciting too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daddy Day Care was funny. I thought that the company could only make movies like Daddy Day Care. "Wich was pretty funny, but not alot" but when I saw Night at the Museum,I was laughing in my sleep that night and I do every time I see the movie! My mom laughs and so does my dad. And I know if there's a funny movie or not because my dad does not laugh easily. And since he laughed in Night at the Museum, I know this movie is very funny. Same with my mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best! It will make you remember how you fell in love with movies in the first place! Perfect for watching with your friends!
TruePrimate More than 1 year ago
Builds on the notion that history does come alive. Family fun.
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I enjouged this movie because it has comedy.i liked all the animals because they looked real. I liked the characters because they where funny. I liked the t-rex because it looked real and it was acting like a dog. Larry and dexter where so funny because they smacked each other. I think dexter was funny because he took larrys keys.I would recmmend this movie because a good lengtj for teens and the animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOO! A creepy movie with animals and others from the past.An hilarieously funny video. Staring Ben Stiller at his funniest. He works at a museum and every night every item in the museum comes to life. A warning if you hsve littler kids you might wanna watch it first so they aren't scared. ENJOY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those rare films that has it all, and Ben Stiller has really impressed me in it. A brief scene with his mom, Ann Stiller, along with the exchanges with the rest of this delightful cast convinced me "at age 63" to attend this movie in the theaters on three occasions with my grandkids. It is one we'll own on DVD and watch when we need a good laugh. I may even give Ben another chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Larry got a job as a night guard at the natural history museum Second Larry found out that everything come to life Next the 3 old night guard stole the gold tablet belonging to the pharoha Finally Larry got the tablet book and all was safe I really like this movie because it and the monkey slapped larry in his and whenlarry was making funny voice on the microscorp and the caveman was taking dumb I really like this movie because of the action when gus punich larry in his nose and the roman and cowboy was fighting and the civil war fight I really like this movie because of history because they was talking about roman and about civil war and about sakajwea and teddy roosevelt conclusion I would recommed this movie because larry was funny and so was easter island head and teddy roosevelt and sakjwea went out and learned about history and civil war and monkey slap larry inhis face
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie starts off with Larry needing a neew job. He ends up having a job as a night guard in the museum. That wasnt all that happened. The things in the museum came to life at night. Something becomes missing from the museum and Larry asks for help. I like this movie because its a comedy. One section I liked that was funny to me was when Dexter(the monkey) slaps Larry. Another part I liked was when the Easter Island Head keeps saying Dum-dum and he doesnt have a big vocabulary. I also liked the part when Rexy(the dinosaur) acts like a dog, even though he looks mean. Another reason I like this movie is because of the characters. I like Larry because he is sarcastic and he is the main character. I also like Dexter because he pees on Larry. Teddy Rosevelt is another favorite character of mine because hes smart and called Sakajewea a hansome woman. I also liked the fact that the thingss in the museum came to like. One thing that came to life was the caveman. I chose the caveman because one of them burned their hair with a lighter. I also liked the romans because they were so little and they have little roman army. I also liked the cowboys because they were also little and they tried to run over Larry with a little toy train. I would recomend this movie because you learn more about the movie, the past, and more information about different poeple. I would also recomend it if u like history. Or if u just want something to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie.It had a lot of comedy.Like when Dexter stoled the keys.Or when the little people crashed.Another funny thing is the stone head. I also enjoyed its action.Like when the romans went to war.Or like all the fighting at the end.Larry and Dexter fighting.Theres a lot more to. Some charaters were funny.Larry was one of them.Teddy was a very helpful person.Or Nick a nice kid to hang with.Last the cavemen were stupid.I enjoyed this movie because it had comedy.Another reason is because it is a kid movie.Another reason is because it had a lot of information.Last reason is because i liked the monkey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this movie. first,Larry got a job as a night guard at the natural history museum. second,Larry found out everything comes to life. next the the 3 old night guards stole the gold tablet belonging to the pharaoh. finally,Larry got the table back and all was safe. I like this movie because it was funny when the monkey was splapping Larry and when the leaders from the cowboys and romans where fighting and when they was letting the air out of the tire.It was also funny when the T-REX was acting like a dog. I also like this movie because of the special effects like when they brout everything aive like the T-REX ect.I really like that because I like dinosaur and the caveman and the caveman was find of funny how are the roman and cowboy was tha small I like this movie because all the animal in the movie lion they was mean and the monkey because he was funny and the mammth because itwas very big. I would recommed this movie because it would teach you about your history and see little look and the movie is funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic movie. The storyline was very unique and clever. this is a family film that you can watch over and over again and still laugh every time. For those of you who haven't seen it, believe me when I say this, you're abs will be aching from laughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie.Its about Larry, who is an inventor.He needs to get a job in order for him to stay with his son.So he applies for a job at the museum.On the first night, strange things start to happen. The first reason why I liked this movie is because of the characters.One of the characters I liked is the Eastern Island Head because of the way he talks.I like Akmenrah because he was an Egyptian king.Also I liked the chinese lion statue.He hardly came out in the movie but I like him. The second reason why I liked this movie is because of the settings.The Egyptian room was my favorite setting because inside it looked like a big tomb.I liked the Roman setting because of the colosseum.The last setting I liked was the western setting becuse of the puny train that hit larry. The last reason why I liked this movie is because of the animals.I like Dexter the monkey because he kept on slapping Larry in the face.I liked the T-Rex because he acts like something smaller than him.LOL.I liked the lion because he is the king of the jungle. I would recommend this movie to a science or SS teacher.Also to someone who likes comedy.Sometimes it tells you information about someone or something.Also to kids.Well this is my review either watch it or not!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the movie A Night At The Museum it is a very creative movie and fun to watch. One of the reason's I like this movie is because it is a comedy some of the things that are examples of comedy is when Dexter kept steeling Larry's key.Also Dexter kept peeing on Larry.The Easter Island Head was getting smart with Larry that was funny. I also like all th different kinds of animals in this movie.I like when the T.Rex came alive and acted like a dog that was pretty cool.I like how Dexter always messed with Larry and how they always use to fight.The horse on this movie was cool too it was always full of energy and it was real pretty. What I really enjoyed about this movie was all the things that came to life like the caveman he was cool all of them were cool in fact.I liked when the caveman tryed to make fire and Larry had to put out the fire.Also when the people from the civil war was fighting that was nice.It was also funny when Larry had to keep breaking up the romans and the cowboys. All and all this is a very good movie and I recommended to be watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frist Larry got a job as a night guard at the Natural history museum.Secand Larry found out every thing come's to life.Next the 3 old night guard stole the gold tablet belonging to the pharaoh .Finaly, Larry get the tablet back and all was safe. I think it was funny whan the moncky capt slaping Larry and whan the big stachow give me some gum you bom bom whan the thevicking said can they torcher the bad man a little bit than Larry said no than they siad a little bit Larry said ok a little bit. I like the history from the movie like Jedudiu she souned intrusting and how about Tedy Rosaval was the presudent and all he did he sound like a good man I like how Coulmbus loocked and who he was. I like how the ficton was I like the way the binusor was able to movie and I like how the mummy just took off his rap and I like how Tedy Rosaval hors bilinct then truned facy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the movie a night at the museum. Larry got fired from his old job then he went looking for a new.When he did he found and got a job as a night gaurd at the museum.Larry's first night on the job he found out that everything comes to life because of an ancient tablet.At the end of the movie more people started to come because of the marks in the snow. I liked this movie because it had a lot of comdey in it.Like the part at the end whenthe moose was dancin at the party.Also when the little people Jedidiah and Octavius kept fighting.And when larry was trying to speak like Atilla the hun I also liked the moviebecause of monkey Dexter. I liked him because he kept taking larry's keys.Also when he took larry's keys he peed on him.When Larry and Dexter started slapping each other And the final reason why I liked this movie is because of Rexy.I liked that he was like a dog.And that liked to play fech. I also liked how they did the special effects on him. I recommend this movie because it was funny. And it had a lot of education and American history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good and entertaining movie about a security guard, a museum and the characters that come to life at night while trying to impress his son.