The Box

November 6th 2009
  • Sci-Fi/Thriller,
  • PG-13,
  • 116 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Gillian Jacobs, James Rebhorn, Andrew Levitas, Lisa K. Wyatt, Basil Hoffman, Kevin DeCoste, Frank Ridley, Michele Durrett, John Magaro, Jenna Lamia, Michael Zegen, Ian Kahn, Patrick Canty, Sal Lizard, Evelina Oboza, Ryan Woodle, Sam Oz Stone, Kevin Robertson, Donald Warnock, Sam Blumenfeld, Mark S. Cartier
  • Director: Richard Kelly
  • Writer: Richard Kelly
  • Producers: Richard Kelly, Dan Lin, Kelly McKittrick, Sean McKittrick
  • Executive Producers: Sue Baden-Powell, Terry Dougas, Ted Field, Ted Hamm, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis
  • Art Direction: Priscilla Elliott
  • Castings: Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Venus Kanani, Suzanne Crowley, Mary Vernieu
  • Costume Design: April Ferry
  • D.O.P.: Steven B. Poster
  • Editor: Sam Bauer
  • Makeup: Louis Lazzara
  • Musics: Win Butler, RĂ©gine Chassagne, Owen Pallett
  • Production Design: Alec Hammond
  • Set Decoration: Tracey A. Doyle


Based on the short story by Richard Matheson, "The Box" stars Cameron Diaz as Norma Lewis and James Marsden as Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child who receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences.

A mysterious stranger, played by Frank Langella, delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. But, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world...someone they don't know.

With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Boston, USA; Virginia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images
  • Production Budget: $30 million
  • Production Companies: Darko Entertainment, Lin Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Radar Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 15 November 2007 - 1 February 2008

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- Veteran character actor, Basil Hoffman, was also in the original version of this story when it aired as "Button, Button" on the new Twilight Zone in 1986.

- This film is based on a short story by author Richard Matheson titled "Button, Button". The story was first published in the June 1970 issue of Playboy Magazine. And later was adapted into an episode of "The Twilight Zone" in 1986 by the same title.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 4 November 2009: Belgium, France
  • 13 November 2009: Finland
  • 20 November 2009: Denmark
  • 26 November 2009: Russia
  • 4 December 2009: Brazil, UK
  • 17 December 2009: Netherlands
  • 4 February 2010: Czech Republic