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Charlie St. Cloud [Blu-ray] [2010]

Zac Efron , Kim Basinger , Burr Steers    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta
  • Directors: Burr Steers
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, German, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian
  • Dubbed: Italian, German, Spanish, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CYECFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Teen heartthrob Zac Efron (High School Musical, 17 Again) makes an appealing, and wise, choice as the star of Charlie St. Cloud. Efron is able to flex his dramatic acting abilities and can stretch, ever so slightly, into a more adult role, without alienating or being off-putting to his dedicated young fans. And Efron shows signs of being a terrific young actor, with nuanced skills that have perhaps been overlooked until now, because of his appealing pinup-boy looks. Efron is delicious eye candy in Charlie St. Cloud, no question (though he has to share some of that role with the beautiful British Columbia coastline where the film is set), but he also carries the entire film, which manages to be family drama, tragedy, adventure, and budding love story--with a good dose of "live your life to the fullest" advice built in. Efron plays the title character, a gifted student and sailor who gets a full scholarship to Stanford. But right after graduation, Charlie is involved in a life-changing tragedy--one that shatters his family and his own sense of his place in the world. Efron's Charlie is a lost young man, dedicated to the aftereffects of the tragic accident, and turns from promising young upstart to pitiable recluse--so reclusive that he lives and works at the local graveyard. The entire cast is wonderful, and they put their hearts into the sad, yet ultimately uplifting story. Young Charlie Tahan is winsome as Charlie's younger brother, Sam. Kim Basinger, too long away from the big screen, is grounded and believable as the boys' hard-working single mother. Ray Liotta plays a memorable cameo as a paramedic who helps save Charlie after the accident. And Amanda Crew is spunky and adorable as the independent young sailor with a secret crush on Charlie--the "old" Charlie, who was still interested in embracing life--and with possibly the only lifeline that Charlie might actually grab. The chemistry between Efron and Crew is sparkly, and Efron fans will enjoy seeing their idol in more mature love scenes. But not too mature--the raciest of the romance scenes involves Efron (not Crew) taking off his shirt--to fans' delight. If Charlie St. Cloud isn't too original in its plotting, nor especially crisp in its direction, it doesn't matter--Efron's screen appeal is plenty to propel both the story and the action. Efron fans of all ages will enjoy watching the young actor begin the process of growing up--just a bit--onscreen. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

Actors: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta
Director: Burr Steers
Manufacturer: Universal Pictures UK

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Orginal and absorbing - highly recommended. 9 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
The critics were harsh regarding this film, but as other reviews say: see this for yourself!

Charlie St. Cloud is a 2010 romantic drama film based on Ben Sherwood's best-selling novel. The film is directed by Burr Steers and stars Zac Efron and Amanda Crew.

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) is a sailor who wins a professional boating race on his sailboat, the "Splendid Splinter", along with his younger brother Sam (Charlie Tahan).

Later that night, Charlie is supposed to go to a graduation party with his friends, but his mother Claire (Kim Basinger) makes him babysit Sam. Charlie tries to sneak out and go to the party. But, he is caught by Sam, and Sam asks Charlie to drive him to his friend Tommy's house. On the way, they are involved in an accident and Sam dies. Charlie then makes a discovery: he can talk to the dead (and pretty much hang out with them, including his dead brother)

Five years later, Charlie, who gave up his scholarship and mournful over Sam's loss, is now caretaker at Waterside Cemetery, where he and Sam can be 'together'.

During a trip into town, Charlie visits the boat docks and meets Tess Carroll (Amanda Crew), a sailor who dreams of one day sailing around the world. Charlie has the hots for Tess, as she does for him.

Giving away more would be wrong, but Charlie has to face a choice between his vigil for the dead Sam, or real life and a shot at love. Herein, perhaps an implicit message lies for many of us: learn to let go of the past, and embrace and live your life fully, in all its imperfections.

Never corny or silly, this movie weaves its charm well. A major factor is the two leads, who are not only extraordinarily beautiful, but can also act. I loved Zac Efron after 'Me and Orson Wells', and newcomer Amanda Crew shines too.

Highly recommended.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Critics, See it for Yourself 13 Nov 2010
By eimpey1
Format:DVD
I really can't understand the drubbing this movie has taken from the so called professional critics. All that I can think is that they are so prejudice against Efron due to his past Disney credentials, that they don't want to give him the credit for being a 'real actor' or consider him in any film that breaks him from the Disney High School Musical mold.

I have to admit that when I heard some of the reviews for this film I had few expectations for it. How wrong could I be. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Never did I clock watch, become bored or fidget in my seat. It kept me constantly involved and engaged me to the point I wanted to go to the cinema to see it again. When it comes out on DVD it will definitely be a must have buy for me. This film shows Efron is not just a 'pretty boy' teenage pin up with little to recommend him. He is a talented performer who just happens to be able to sing as well as act and act well. Please don't be swayed by the so called critics who demand art house complexity in order to praise a movie. Please put away any High School Musical bias you may have and watch it for yourself, you may be surprised how much you enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film. 20 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this is a fantastic film. I was enthralled the whole way through, and has gone on to watch it many times. One of the best fils that I have seen in a long time. Zac Efron is brilliant to watch, and the way that he portrays Charlie he captures the emotional bond between him and Sam brilliantly. It makes it very believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie St.Cloud DVD 11 April 2012
By Ciara B
Format:DVD
Loved the book and loved the film. Such a lovely story and a feel good film about accepting the tragic death of a loved one and the struggle to move on in life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad, happy film 24 Feb 2012
By Lei
Format:DVD
This film is so heart-warming. It's the 'sit with a box of tissues and a pal' kind of film. You will be crying by the end of it! It's not all sad though. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning. 1 Feb 2012
By Nrghhh
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think this is such an amazing film - genuinely. To be honest I am not really a fan of Zac Efron but he is absoultely amazing in this and my eyes were flooding so much. Beautiful film and a saddening one at that. Well worth watching for anyone. I have guy friends who also like the film so it's not an overly girly one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This film is a drama and romance with a twist!

The trailer caught my interest because of the story and because I hadn't seen Zac Efron play a serious role before.
I am glad I did watch it because it was even better than I thought it would be!
Zac Efron did very well depicting the character of a young man who lost his brother in an accident which sees him in deep sadness at times. After his brothers funeral he finds that he is able to see his brothers 'ghost' so he makes a pact with his brother to see him every single day.
Zacs character then find romance with a girl he use to know and then he realises something which makes the story a whole lot more interesting!
I wont ruin it for anyone because I think you should enjoy it.
Just make sure you have a tissue or two handy!!
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By Lucy
Format:DVD
When I first watched this film, I ignorantly thought it may be a typical cliche movie. How wrong I was.

The film concentrates on Charlie's acceptance, grief and feelings of guilt over the death of his younger brother. Charlie is able to communicate with his brother who often takes a ghost like form. Charlie meets a woman who he falls in love with during his late teen years and he must decide whether to start living or to stay in the past.

It's truly a beautiful movie. It is not over acted, soppy or cliche. At its core its about love, relationships, grief, guilt, anger, acceptance and the range of human emotions that perhaps all of us experience within our lifetime.
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