The Beaver

May 6th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 91 min,
  • Summit Entertainment
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Cherry Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence, Zachary Booth, Riley Thomas Stewart, Michael Rivera, Jeff Corbett, Kris Arnold, Lorna Pruce, Bill Massof, Baylen Thomas, Sam Breslin Wright, Kelly Coffield Park, Elizabeth Kaledin, Terry Gross, Folake Olowofoyeku, Matt Lauer, Jon Stewart
  • Director: Jodie Foster
  • Writer: Kyle Killen
  • Producers: Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, Ann Ruark
  • Associate Producer: Dianne Dreyer
  • Art Directions: Alex DiGerlando, Kim Jennings
  • Castings: Allison Hall, Avy Kaufman
  • Costume Design: Susan Lyall
  • D.O.P.: Hagen Bogdanski
  • Editor: Lynzee Klingman
  • Makeup: LuAnn Claps
  • Music: Marcelo Zarvos
  • Production Design: Mark Friedberg
  • Set Decoration: Rebecca Meis DeMarco


An emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference
  • Production Budget: $19 million
  • Production Companies: Icon Film Distribution, Summit Entertainment, Participant Media, Anonymous Content, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media
  • Production Schedule: September 2009 - November 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos, while a lot of top comedic talent was being pursued for the project at one point.

Now everything has changed. 'Edge' fizzled, the $80 million film only managed to equal its budget in worldwide grosses and was torn apart by critics. Gibson's apparent abusive phone call recordings with ex-partner Oksana Grigorieva were splashed all over the media this past Summer, leading to his agency dropping him. The chance for a high profile cameo in "The Hangover" sequel fell apart not long after the opportunity was offered, and there's a gigantic question mark over Gibson's head these days as to his bankability at the box-office.

Summit Entertainment, who eagerly bought the distribution rights to 'Beaver' a while back, are now stuck with it and have decided to give the film a limited theatrical release in late March. Summit themselves are partly used to this, in February this year they had to release "The Ghost Writer" just a few months after the high-profile media scandal surrounding the arrest in Zurich of that film's director Roman Polanski. Yet they released it, the film scoring some of the best reviews for a studio feature this year and also pulling in a decent $60 million worldwide gross.

With 'Ghost' though, Polanski's involvement was kept minimised in marketing materials. With 'Beaver', Gibson is front and center and there's no way to avoid it. The trailer for the film was launched the other week with a horribly condescending voiceover and an emphasis on the redemption angle to the point that it seems like we'll be watching Gibson's own therapy on screen. Art should always be judged separately from the artist, but with events still so fresh - it'll likely be some time before 'Beaver' can truly be judged on its own merits."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 May 2011: Germany
  • 20 May 2011: Finland, Norway
  • 25 May 2011: France
  • 9 June 2011: Portugal
  • 16 June 2011: Netherlands
  • 17 June 2011: Turkey, UK
  • 23 June 2011: Singapore
  • 8 July 2011: Venezuela
  • 21 July 2011: Australia, Greece
  • 1 September 2011: New Zealand