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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

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Adam Elliot

Writer:

Adam Elliot
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Toni Collette ... Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Max Jerry Horovitz (voice)
Barry Humphries ... Narrator (voice)
Eric Bana ... Damien (voice)
Bethany Whitmore ... Young Mary Daisy Dinkle (voice)
Renée Geyer Renée Geyer ... Vera Lorraine Dinkle (voice)
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum ... Homeless Man (voice)
Julie Forsyth Julie Forsyth ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Flaus ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Massey ... 911 Operator (as Chris Massey)
Shaun Patten Shaun Patten ... Frankston Icebreaker Two (voice)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ... New York Callgirl (voice)
Leanne Smith ... Post Office Customer (voice)
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Storyline

In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. She's Mary Dinkle, the only child of an alcoholic mother and a distracted father. He's Max Horowitz, an overweight man with Asperger's, living alone in New York. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence, interrupted by a stay in an asylum and a few misunderstandings. Mary falls in love with a neighbor, saves money to have a birthmark removed and deals with loss. Max has a friendship with a neighbor, tries to control his weight, and finally gets the dream job. Will the two ever meet face to face? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Two unlikely people. Two different worlds come together in a story about a most unusual friendship. See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

1 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary & Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 8,240,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 156,169 (Australia), 9 April 2009, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,739,445
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Melodrama Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the letter from Max is late, you can see that there are snails in Mary's mail box. Ordinary, paper mail is called "snail-mail" as it is too slow compared to Internet-based e-mail. See more »

Goofs

While Max is typing on the typewriter, many times the carriage moves in opposite directions. But while typing the carriage should move only from right to left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Mary Dinkle's eyes were the color of muddy puddles. Her birthmark, the color of poo.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits show animated portraits of the characters, with the actors names beneath them. See more »

Connections

Featured in Jambareeqi Reviews: Mary and Max (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Perpetuum Mobile
Composed by Simon Jeffes
Published by Editions Penguin Café Ltd
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra (as Penguin Café Orchestra)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
Under license from EMI Music Australia Pty Limited.
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Masterpiece!
31 October 2010 | by jon-larsenSee all my reviews

To say it short, this movie is about a friendless 8 year old girl in Australia who befriends an obese 44 year old male in New York by writing mails to each other.

I'm not a big animation fan, so I wasn't looking forward to see this movie. I am currently working on the IMDb Top 250 list and Mary and Max just entered the IMDb top 250, so I took a look at it.

I watched it with a small screen on my computer while chatting with someone on Facebook. But then I logged out because I got hooked by the fantastic but sad narration mixed with humor by Barry Humphries, so I watched it with a big screen. Thank God that I did that, because this is an unforgettable and heartbreaking cinematic experience! It got fantastic narration and dialogue that will make you laugh and cry!

PS.There are many scenes that will choke you up, so bring some tissues.

PSS.Don't watch this movie with your kids!

I hope this review was useful!


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