Nim's Island

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Overview

A young girl living on a tropical island with her scientist father is left to fend for herself after her dad's boat leaves him stranded far away and careless tour companies wreak havoc on the secluded paradise in directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett's adaptation of the popular children's book by author Wendy Orr. Realizing that she will need adult assistance if she truly hopes to save her home, the resourceful youngster soon begins exchanging e-mails with the author of a book she has been reading. Nim's ...
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Overview

A young girl living on a tropical island with her scientist father is left to fend for herself after her dad's boat leaves him stranded far away and careless tour companies wreak havoc on the secluded paradise in directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett's adaptation of the popular children's book by author Wendy Orr. Realizing that she will need adult assistance if she truly hopes to save her home, the resourceful youngster soon begins exchanging e-mails with the author of a book she has been reading. Nim's Island stars Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin, as well as Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Adventure commentary with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; Commentary with directors/writers Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett; 3 featurettes: Nim's Friends, Abigail's Journey and Working on Water; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Nim's Island is one of those movies that's a minor work in the careers of those involved, but a very pleasing diversion nonetheless. Part Little Mermaid, part Home Alone, and part Romancing the Stone, the film establishes a delightful storybook universe in which a marine biologist and his daughter live on a lush island with no other inhabitants, where they subsist on who-knows-what, and commune with the marine life and waterfowl. That this never seems strange is an indication of how Nim's Island floods you with its charm straight away. Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin are extremely well cast in these roles; in fact, this stands out as Butler's most likeable work in the string of bad action movies and romantic comedies that followed 300. And if you want someone to defend an island against an invading horde of vulgar tourists, you couldn't find a better choice than the plucky Breslin, who always brings a maturity of craftsmanship that defies her age. But the funniest presence here is Jodie Foster, playing an agoraphobic novelist who writes about the adventurer Alex Rover also played by Butler, who is also, not coincidentally, her namesake she's Alexandra Rover. It's tremendous fun to see the often-serious Foster cut loose in a flat-out comedic role, hyperventilating her way across the globe as she clings to her favorite soup as the only acceptable form of sustenance. Part of what makes Nim's Island feel so fully realized is that they didn't scrimp on the special effects for a modestly budgeted kids movie, adapted from the popular book by Wendy Orr. The marine-life characters -- a sea lion, a turtle, a pelican, and a lizard -- are flawless digital creations. Mixed in with all this fun is a nourishing message about conquering your fears. Nim's Island is a winner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • UPC: 024543527527
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,868

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Alexandra Rover
Michael Carman
Anthony Simcoe
Christopher Baker
Abigail Breslin Nim Ruscoe
Gerard Butler Jack Rusoe/Alex Rover
Maddison Joyce Edmond
Mark Brady
Peter Callan
Rhonda Doyle
Technical Credits
Jennifer Flackett Director, Screenwriter
Mark Levin Director, Screenwriter
Nancy Nayor Battino Casting
Craig Berkey Sound/Sound Designer
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Stuart Dryburgh Cinematographer
Colin Gibson Art Director
Stephen Jones Executive Producer
Geoff Kemmis Art Director
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Kwong Screenwriter
Jacinta Leong Art Director
Stuart Levy Editor
Lindsay Fellows Musical Direction/Supervision
John Martin Asst. Director
Paula Mazur Producer, Screenwriter
Tamia Nicol Set Decoration/Design
Dan Oliver Special Effects Supervisor
Deb Riley Art Director
Ann Robinson Casting
Barry Robison Editor, Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nim's Island
1. A Perfect World [5:59]
2. Choosing Courage [3:10]
3. Spider! [3:09]
4. Staying Alone [3:03]
5. It's Really Him! [2:40]
6. Powerful Storm [3:46]
7. Aftermath [4:35]
8. I Can Do This! [6:17]
9. The Buccaneer [2:43]
10. Help Me! [4:19]
11. Touch the World [3:21]
12. Airport Security [2:46]
13. Not Much of a Traveler [2:49]
14. Great Blue Whale [2:06]
15. The Invasion [4:52]
16. It's Raining Dragons! [4:06]
17. Up To Her Waist [1:21]
18. Fire Mountain [4:59]
19. I Will Not Give Up! [6:02]
20. Goodbye and Good Luck [5:59]
21. Fireflies and Worms [1:30]
22. No Matter What [3:38]
23. A Beautiful Day [2:50]
24. End Titles [3:32]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Nim's Island
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Adventure Commentary With Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin
      Commentary With Director/Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Adventure Commentary With Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin: On
      Adventure Commentary With Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin: Off
      Commentary With Director/Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett: On
      Commentary With Director/Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett: Off
      Nim's Friends
      Abigail's Journey
      Working On Water
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Imaginary Characters
         Alexandra's Assistant 'Russell'
         The Great Blue Whale
      Public Service Announcements
         National Wildlife Federation PSA
         NOAA, Sanctuary Sam "Be Wildlife Wise" PSA
      Trailers
         Dr. Dolittle: A Tinsel Town Tail
         Elephant Tales
         Picture This
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Sea World Adventure.

    A favorable review: great for pre-teens that enjoy nature and adventure. Welcome! Enter a new world, of your imagination on Nim's Island, with the protagonist and meet Selkie (a sea lion), Fred (a dragon lizard), and Galileo (a pelican). Fun, action, adventure, and some peril "swim" into your life as you watch this movie. 96 minutes of "wild" & free living on a special island in the South Pacific are in store for you as you go with the protagonist. A well developed plot and characters will hold the viewers attention. When two worlds "sail" into each other a fascinating tale unfolds.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great adventure for all ages

    This movie is great for all ages. It has a great cast and the story is very entertaining. It's encouraging to see a young girl (Abigail Breslin)who knows enough about the natural world, which she learned from her marine biologist father (Gerard Butler), to be able to take care of herself. She has some great friends on their island in the South Pacific: a seal, a pelican and a lizard. She and her father love to read "Alex Rover" adventure stories which are written by Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster). Unlike Nim and her father, and even her story's lead character, Alex Rover, Alexandra can't manage very much on her own and she is agoraphobic to boot. Jodie Foster's performance is wonderful. Her character is hysterical.

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