Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

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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 DaleySee more details below

Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
UPC:
0024543420965
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
25,223

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 Actor,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
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Robert Ben Garant Original Story,Screenwriter
Francois Gauthier Makeup Special Effects
David Giammarco Sound Mixer
Tom Glass Stunts
Reg Glass Stunts
Chris Gordon Stunts
Alex Green Stunts
Michael Green Camera Operator
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

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Scene Index

Commentary by director Shawn Levy; Theatrical trailer in high definiton; Commentary by writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon; Trivia track

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