October 27th, 1995

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Still of Sean Patrick Flanery in PowderStill of Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen and Victor Salva in PowderStill of Victor Salva in PowderStill of Sean Patrick Flanery and Victor Salva in PowderStill of Jeff Goldblum in PowderStill of Sean Patrick Flanery in Powder

A young bald albino boy with unique powers shakes up the rural community he lives in.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.2/10 (14,501 voted)

Director: Victor Salva

Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Sean Patrick Flanery, Lance Henriksen

When sheriff Barnum investigates the death of an elderly rural resident, he discovers a teenage grandson living in the basement. Raised by his grandparents, he has experienced the world only through books, never leaving the family farm. He is sent to a state home for boys where he has trouble fitting in socially. His odd appearance and unusual abilities cause the small town residents to fear and ridicule him. However, not all are afraid. Some begin to view his potential and gifts with wonderment.

Mary Steenburgen - Jessie Caldwell
Sean Patrick Flanery - Jeremy 'Powder' Reed
Lance Henriksen - Sheriff Doug Barnum
Jeff Goldblum - Donald Ripley
Brandon Smith - Deputy Harley Duncan
Bradford Tatum - John Box
Susan Tyrrell - Maxine
Melissa Lahlitah Crider - Lindsey Kelloway (as Missy Crider)
Ray Wise - Dr. Aaron Stripler
Esteban Powell - Mitch
Reed Frerichs - Skye
Chad Cox - Zane
Joe Marchman - Brennan
Phil Hayes - Greg Reed (as Phillip Maurice Hayes)
Danette McMahon - Emma Barnum

Taglines: Pure energy has a name

Release Date: 27 October 1995

Filming Locations: Houston, Texas, USA

Gross: $30,862,146 (USA)

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Did You Know?

There was a great deal of consternation among many of the cast and crew when it came to light halfway through production that director Victor Salva had been convicted for child molestation several years earlier. The main cause of concern was that many of the production members had brought their family to the set.

Continuity: When the girl is lying on the bed, the lamp changes sides between shots.

Powder: She thinks I'm an angel.

User Review

A deeply moving story, thought provoking, and unforgettable.

Rating: 10/10

It is rare that I see a movie as unforgettable and unpredictable as Powder. I am not a man who is easily impressed with special affects, but in this movie the affects always served a purpose instead of covering up the fact that there was no purpose. In an age where movies have become multiple scenes of graphic violence and corny excuses for stories, Powder is refreshing, filled with the meaning of humanity, and moved me to tears throughout the entire film. With most films, I am able to predict exactly what will happen and when. With Powder I could never quite tell what was going to happen next, and the ending was something I would have never imagined would happen and could only be described as extraordinary. There are so many elements to this movie: The paranormal; the challenge to everything we think we know about science and the capabilities of the human mind; the human capacity for cruelty; love and forgiveness; and the hope that our own humanity will one day advance beyond our own technology. Most of all, the raw emotion of this great masterpiece reaches deep into the heart and leaves an impression that stays with you. This is one of those rare movies that you will never forget, a true classic that illustrates truths about humanity that have existed since the beginning of time.

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