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Nims Island (2008)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 14,792 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 4 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 96 min
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Nims Island (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Nims Island (2008)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 14,792 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 4 April 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Bowen, Queensland, Australia
  • Budget: $37,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $100,074,624(Worldwide)(25 February 2009)
  • Stars: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler and Abigail Breslin
  • Original Music By: Patrick Doyle (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: Beautiful Day
  • Sound Mix: Dolby | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Island | Author | Girl | Courage | Hero

Writing Credits By:

  • Joseph Kwong (screenplay) &
  • Paula Mazur (screenplay) and
  • Mark Levin (screenplay) &
  • Jennifer Flackett (screenplay)
  • Wendy Orr (novel "Nim's Island")

Known Trivia

  • Lulu Mickelson, the daughter of producer/screenwriter Paula Mazur, appears briefly in the airport scene as a passenger waiting in line at the security checkpoint.
  • The Australian sea lions used in the film are named Spud and Friday. Both reside at Sea World Australia, and shared the role of Selkie.
  • Jodie Foster beat out Portia de Rossi for the role of Alexandra Rover.
  • The coordinates given for Nim’s Island (20 degrees south, 160 degrees west) puts it in the dead center of the Cook Islands Archipelago.

Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The characters refer to a tropical storm as a "Monsoon" when they should be calling it a "Typhoon" (or more accurately, as they are in the South Pacific, a "Cyclone").

Plot: A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading. Full summary »  »

Story: Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover – the world's greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim's father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nim's Island.Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: Nim’s Island tells the story of a young girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin). She lives on a beautiful uncharted island with her father Jack Rusoe (Gerard Butler), a research scientist studying microscopic marine organisms. She spends her days having wild adventures in the woods along with her animal friends, Fred the lizard, Galileo the pelican, and Selki the seal, and her wild imagination. Nim has a huge passion for books, especially the Alex Rover books. Jack is about to take Nim on a two day research trip looking for protozoa, but Nim begs to be left behind so she can help the hatching baby sea turtles. Jack reluctantly leaves Nim behind and sails out to sea. While he is away, Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) the author of the Rover books emails Jack to get his knowledge about volcanoes for her next book. Nim replies thinking he is the great adventurer Alex Rover. Everything goes well until a huge storm hits the island and Jack becomes lost at sea. Nim sends a letter to her literary hero pleading for help. Little does Nim know, that Alex Rover is a woman (Jodie Foster). Alexandra is agoraphobic and never leaves the house. She rarely even opens her front door. Alex also has a wild immagination, whereas her fictional character Alex Rover (also Gerard Butler) talks to her, mocks her, and gives her pep talks. When they find Nim’s Letter, fictional Alex badgers Alexandra until he finally convinces her to leave the confines of her townhouse to go and help Nim. After a long and terrifying journey, both of the Alex’s make it to Nim’s Island and try to help. Will they find Nim’s father? Find out by going to see Nim’s Island.

Written by Joy Pearson


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Alan Edward Bell known as co-producer (as Alan Bell)
  • Stephen Jones known as executive producer
  • Paula Mazur known as producer
  • Murray Pope known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Abigail Breslin known as Nim Rusoe
  • Jodie Foster known as Alexandra Rover
  • Gerard Butler known as Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover
  • Michael Carman known as Captain
  • Mark Brady known as Purser
  • Anthony Simcoe known as First Mate
  • Christopher Baker known as Ensign
  • Maddison Joyce known as Edmund
  • Peter Callan known as Edmund's Father
  • Rhonda Doyle known as Edmund's Mother
  • Russell Butler known as Old Fisherman
  • Colin Gibson known as Cruise Director
  • Bryan Probets known as Australian Tourist #1
  • Andrew Nason known as Australian Tourist #2
  • Dorothy Thorsen known as Blue-Haired Woman
  • Penny Everingham known as Older Woman Tourist
  • Tony Bellette known as Older Man Tourist
  • Jeff Dornan known as Taxi Driver
  • Jay Laga'aia known as Helicopter Pilot
  • Marea Lambert Barker known as Flight Attendant (as Mares Lambert-Barker)
  • Nami Itonaga known as Airport Gate Attendant
  • John Walton known as Evil Captor
  • Jon-Claire Lee known as Business Passenger
  • Steve Daddow known as Rarotongan Taxi Driver (as Stephen Daddow)
  • Craig Marriott known as Pharmacy Delivery Guy
  • Matthew Little known as TSA Guard #1
  • Cheryl Craig known as TSA Guard #2
  • Tania Pari known as Street Vendor
  • Phoenix Leong known as Goat Boy
  • Ashley London known as Buffy Colt
  • Shannon van der Drift known as Nim's Mother
  • Morgan Griffin known as Alice (uncredited)
  • Zack Kibria known as Dock Worker (uncredited)
  • Dennis Kreusler known as Buccaneer Pirate Chef (uncredited)
  • Alphonso McAuley known as Russell (uncredited)
  • Renae Smith known as Tourist (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Paige Badenoch known as hair stylist
  • Paige Badenoch known as makeup artist
  • Dalia Fernandez known as key hair stylist: additional photography
  • Dalia Fernandez known as key makeup artist: additional photography
  • Nikki Gooley known as hair supervisor
  • Nikki Gooley known as makeup supervisor
  • Anita Morgan known as hair stylist
  • Anita Morgan known as makeup artist
  • Michelle Hargreaves known as additional makeup assistant (uncredited)
  • Antony McMullen known as special makeup effects artist: Prosthetic Transfers (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Robert W. Anderson known as property master (as Robert Anderson)
  • Chris Atkinson known as set finisher
  • Shane Bennett known as standby props
  • Andrew Bishop known as standby carpenter
  • Tom Brkich known as standby painter
  • Bernie Childs known as construction coordinator
  • Ernesto Fadul known as sculptor (as Ernie Fadul)
  • Ashley Alan Geary known as prop maker (as Ash Geary)
  • Alar Hordern known as greens foreman
  • Natalia Hordern known as greens assistant
  • Peter Hordern known as head greens
  • Brad Howard known as construction foreman
  • Michael Johnston known as sculptor
  • Johann Kwiatkowski known as graphic artist
  • Tarnia Nicol known as set designer
  • Michael O'Kane known as head scenic
  • John Pickering known as construction foreman
  • Stuart Polkinghorne known as standby dresser
  • Kris Swales known as assistant property master
  • Michelle Thatcher known as prop maker
  • Heidi Tuchscherer known as art department coordinator
  • Mark Vena known as storyboard artist (as Marc Vena)
  • Jodie Whetter known as standby props: additional photography
  • Martin Williams known as lead buyer
  • Philip Worth known as construction manager (as Phillip Worth)
  • Carl Braga known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)
  • Dane Eade known as set builder (uncredited)
  • Laura Elkington known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Geoff Kemmis known as concept model maker (uncredited)
  • Les Landon known as stand-by greens (uncredited)
  • Peter Malatesta known as buyer/dresser (uncredited)
  • Eamon O'Kane known as scenic foreman (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Walden Media (presents)

Other Companies:

  • Absolute Rentals  post-production rentals (uncredited)
  • Air-Edel Recording Studios  music mixed at
  • Cutting Edge  post-production (dailies) (uncredited)
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances (as Entertainment Clearances, Inc.)
  • Environmental Protection Agency  the producers wish to thank
  • Filmview Services  computer graphics (uncredited)
  • Footage Search  the producers wish to thank: footage courtesy of
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  additional ProTools systems supplied by (uncredited)
  • Gold Coast Airport  the producers wish to thank (as Gold Coast Airport Ltd.)
  • Gold Coast  the producers wish to thank
  • Grant Elementary School  the producers wish to thank: Ms. Freimund's Third Grade Class
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony  music performed by (uncredited)
  • Imaginary Forces  main titles
  • Jo Anne Kane Music Services  music preparation (as JoAnne Kane Music)
  • Johnson & Johnson  the producers wish to thank: Purell® is a registered trademark and is used by permission of
  • National Geographic Digital Motion  the producers wish to thank: footage courtesy of
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • Pacific Film and Television Commission  produced with the assistance of
  • Pacific Title  end titles
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services (uncredited)
  • Santa Monica Public Library  the producers wish to thank: Fairview Branch
  • Sea World  the producers wish to thank: supplied: sea lions 'Spud' & 'Friday'
  • Showfilm  travel agent
  • Sony Scoring Stage  music recorded at
  • Soundtrack  adr facility (uncredited)
  • Technicolor  release printing
  • The Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service  the producers wish to thank (as Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service)
  • Thought Equity  the producers wish to thank: footage courtesy of (as Thought Equity Motion)
  • Threadgold Plummer Hood  payroll services
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack available on
  • Warner Roadshow Production Services  production services
  • Warner Village Theme Parks Group  the producers wish to thank
  • World Book  the producers wish to thank (as World Book, Inc.)
  • Zee Catering  caterers


  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2008) (worldwide) (all media) (as 20th Century Fox)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Fox-Walden (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Kadokawa Pictures (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Cyprus) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures do Brasil (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • HBO Hungary (2009) (Hungary) (TV) (original airing)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL4)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bangladesh) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Bhutan) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Maldives) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Nepal) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Pakistan) (TV)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (Sri Lanka) (TV)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • West Video (2008) (Russia) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • CafeFX (visual effects)
  • Cine-FN (additional visual effects)
  • Eden FX (additional visual effects)
  • Digital Dimension (additional visual effects)
  • Handmade Digital (additional visual effects)
  • Digital Dream (additional visual effects)
  • Amalgamated Pixels (additional visual effects)
  • Halon Entertainment (additional visual effects)
  • Lola Visual Effects (visual effects) (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lindsay Anderson known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX (as Lindsay Hoppe)
  • Etienne Andlau known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Wenden K. Baldwin known as visual effects coordinator: CafeFX
  • Christian Bloch known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx
  • Ryan Bozajian known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Mike Bozulich known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Ray Bushey III known as visual effects editor
  • Andrew Byrne known as matchmover: CafeFX (as Andy Byrne)
  • Camille Cellucci known as senior visual effects producer
  • Laurent Charbonnel known as software and shader developer: CafeFX
  • Christine Cram known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Doug Cram known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Andrea D'Amico known as visual effects producer: Eden Fx
  • Vincent DeLay known as character technical director: CafeFX (as Vincent R. DeLay)
  • Domenic DiGiorgio known as character technical director: CafeFX (as Domenic Digiorgio)
  • Robert Durnin known as software and shader developer: CafeFX
  • Leif Einarsson known as cg animator: CafeFX
  • Michael Sean Foley known as cg supervisor: CafeFX
  • Jordan Freda known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Lucy Gaffy known as visual effects data wrangler
  • Vicki Galloway-Weimer known as executive producer: CafeFX (as Vicki Galloway Weimer)
  • Will Goodfellow known as visual effects data wrangler: additional photography
  • Scott Gordon known as visual effects supervisor
  • Robin Scott Graham known as compositing lead: CafeFX (as Robin Graham)
  • Eric Haas known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx
  • Linda Henry known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Tachic A. Hickman known as visual effects production assistant
  • Joseph Hoback known as character animator: CafeFX (as Joe Hoback)
  • Marty Holthaus known as visual effects coordinator: CafeFX
  • Kevin Hoppe known as matchmove supervisor: CafeFX
  • Steve Hutchins known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Gary Jackemuk known as digital opticals by
  • Sid Jayakar known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx (as Siddhartha M. Jayakar)
  • Lei Jin known as matte painter: CafeFX
  • Simon P. Jones known as look development artist: CafeFX (as Simon Jones)
  • Grzegorz Jonkajtys known as cg animator: CafeFX (as Greg Jonkajtys)
  • Brandon Kachel known as matte painter: CafeFX (as Brandon Kechel)
  • Tim Kadowaki known as effects animator: CafeFX
  • Apirak Kamjan known as matchmover: CafeFX
  • John Karner known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx
  • Geoff Kemmis known as visual effects art director
  • Jaye Krebs known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Mathew Krentz known as compositor: CafeFX (as Mat Krentz)
  • Paul Kulikowski known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Jane Lee known as cg lighting artist: CafeFX
  • Neil Lim Sang known as character animator: CafeFX
  • Tran Ma known as model/texture artist: CafeFX
  • Samantha Mabie-Tuinstra known as digital effects producer: Eden Fx
  • Mickey McGovern known as visual effects producer
  • Sarah McLauchlan known as visual effects coordinator
  • Joel Román Mendías known as visual effects producer: CafeFX (as Joel Mendías)
  • Michael Miller known as compositor: CafeFX
  • John J. Miralles known as compositor: CafeFX (as John Miralles)
  • Rodney Montague known as visual effects producer
  • Jihyun Nam known as effects animator: CafeFX
  • Shannon Leigh Olds known as visual effects editor
  • Akira Orikasa known as look development artist: CafeFX
  • Miguel Ortega known as model/texture artist: CafeFX
  • Viviana Palacios known as cg lighting artist: CafeFX
  • Mario Peixoto known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Fred Pienkos known as visual effects supervisor: Eden Fx (as Fred J. Pienkos)
  • Chris Pinto known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Alexander Pouchkarev known as model/texture artist: CafeFX
  • Richard R. Reed known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Chad Ridgeway known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Mike Roby known as cg lighting artist: CafeFX
  • Ruben Rodas known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Bernardo Rodriguez known as visual effects editor: CafeFX
  • Carla Schwam known as visual effects coordinator
  • Sean M. Scott known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx (as Sean Scott)
  • Rasha Shalaby known as supervising matte painter: Cine-Fn
  • Richard Slechta known as lighting head: CafeFX
  • Brian Smallwood known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Alan Sonneman known as matte painter: CafeFX
  • Eddie Soria known as paint and rotoscope artist: CafeFX
  • Joseph Spadaro known as character rigging supervisor: CafeFX
  • William Todd Stinson known as software and shader developer: CafeFX
  • James Straus known as animation supervisor: CafeFX (as James Satoru Straus)
  • John Teska known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx
  • Jason Thielen known as character animator: CafeFX
  • Greg Tse known as matchmover: CafeFX
  • Melissa Tseng known as effects animator: CafeFX
  • Dawn Turner known as visual effects coordinator
  • Gabriel Vargas known as character animator: CafeFX
  • Tom Williamson known as compositing supervisor: CafeFX
  • Stephen Wilson known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Charlie Winter known as look development artist: CafeFX
  • Brian Wolf known as compositor: CafeFX
  • Casey Allen known as senior flame artist (uncredited)
  • Joel Ashman known as senior compositor: Eden Fx (uncredited)
  • Andrew Bardusk known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Jeff Barnes known as production executive: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Daryl Bartley known as visual effects artist: Halon Entertainment (uncredited)
  • Judith Bell known as opticals (uncredited)
  • Jason Bond known as paint/rotoscope artist: Eden Fx (uncredited)
  • Jelmer Boskma known as modeler (uncredited)
  • Jelmer Boskma known as texture artist (uncredited)
  • Ben Campanaro known as digital compositor: Eden FX (uncredited)
  • Julie Cardinal known as visual effects producer: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Ozzie Carmona known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Christina Castellan known as visual effects production assistant: Cafe FX (uncredited)
  • Martin Ciastko known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals (uncredited)
  • Thomas Clary known as visual effects producer: Digital Dream (uncredited)
  • Trent Claus known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • Clay Dale known as visual effects artist: Eden Fx (uncredited)
  • Robert De La Cruz known as modeler: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Steve Dellerson known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Mitchell Ferm known as visual effects consultant (uncredited)
  • Evan Feuerman known as visual effects accountant (uncredited)
  • Nicolas Fortin known as lead textures: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Sébastien Gagné known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Christian Garcia known as cg supervisor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Germain known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Benoit Girard known as visual effects executive producer: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Julian Gleizer known as visual effects artist: Halon Entertainment (uncredited)
  • Todd Groves known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Grégoire known as cg artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Eric Hance known as lead compositor (uncredited)
  • James David Hattin known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Paul Hopkins known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Konstantin Hristozov known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Jocelyn Hudon known as lead animator: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as compositor: Flame artist (uncredited)
  • Gael Jacques known as lead modeler: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Marios Kourasis known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Daniel Lahr known as assistant visual effects editor: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Martin Larrivée known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Patrick Lemay known as cg artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Gregg Lukomski known as visual effects supervisor: Halon Entertainment (uncredited)
  • Francois Madere known as lead lighter: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Thomas Mathai known as data manager (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Matthews known as lead compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Morgan McDermott known as matte painter (uncredited)
  • Daniel Molina known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Michael Morreale known as executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels, Inc. (uncredited)
  • Phillip Moses known as production operations: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Brad Moylan known as digital compositor: Digital Dream (uncredited)
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Oddo known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Desi Ortiz known as visual effects senior editor: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Jean-Sebastien Ouellet known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Phillip Palousek known as visual effects coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels, Inc. (uncredited)
  • Stéphane Paradis known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Corinne Pooler known as executive visual effects producer: Digital Dream (uncredited)
  • Jerry Pooler known as visual effects supervisor: Digital Dream (uncredited)
  • Sébastien Proulx known as animator: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Rick Ramirez known as visual effects: Eden FX (uncredited)
  • Marco Recuay known as digital effects supervisor: Digital Dream (uncredited)
  • Kim Richardson known as animation supervisor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Stéphane Rioux known as compositor: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Eddie Robison known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Lee Roderick known as digital effects artist (uncredited)
  • Michael Roderick known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Karen Ruggero known as paint/rotoscope artist: Eden Fx (uncredited)
  • Philip Sisk known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Kellany Stewart known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Tammy Sutton known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Fred Tepper known as animator (uncredited)
  • Robert Tesdahl known as dynamic effects consultant (uncredited)
  • Robert Tesdahl known as lead production programmer (uncredited)
  • Robert Tesdahl known as software development supervisor (uncredited)
  • Scot D. Thomson known as technical artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Danny Torres known as systems admistrator (uncredited)
  • Mathieu Tétrault known as lighting artist: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • Carlos Valcarcel known as character technical director: Digital Dimension (uncredited)
  • David Valencia known as visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Vecchiarello known as visual effects producer: Handmade Digital (uncredited)
  • Corinne Villa known as assistant visual effects editor (uncredited)
  • Sean Wallitsch known as flame artist: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
  • O.D. Welch known as production executive: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)
  • Patrick Wolf known as software developer: Cafe FX (uncredited)
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 30 March 2008 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Australia 3 April 2008
  • Romania 4 April 2008
  • USA 4 April 2008
  • France 9 April 2008
  • Philippines 9 April 2008
  • Switzerland 9 April 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Italy 11 April 2008
  • Taiwan 18 April 2008
  • Turkey 18 April 2008
  • Thailand 24 April 2008
  • Belgium 30 April 2008
  • Russia 1 May 2008
  • Singapore 1 May 2008
  • Ireland 2 May 2008
  • UK 2 May 2008
  • Greece 8 May 2008
  • Iceland 14 May 2008
  • Germany 19 June 2008
  • Austria 20 June 2008
  • Israel 26 June 2008
  • Estonia 27 June 2008
  • Hong Kong 3 July 2008
  • Switzerland 10 July 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Kuwait 17 July 2008
  • South Korea 17 July 2008
  • Brazil 18 July 2008
  • Mexico 18 July 2008
  • Portugal 31 July 2008
  • Egypt 6 August 2008
  • Argentina 7 August 2008
  • Netherlands 7 August 2008
  • Venezuela 22 August 2008
  • Spain 5 September 2008
  • Japan 6 September 2008
  • Norway 19 September 2008
  • Poland 19 September 2008
  • Colombia 26 September 2008
  • Peru 2 October 2008
  • Chile 9 October 2008
  • Sweden 10 October 2008
  • Finland 17 October 2008
  • Panama 28 November 2008
  • Hungary 22 August 2009 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. the-gossip-king from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    While on holidays I managed to see this movie and I was pleasantlysurprised. I have never liked Breslin but she is at her best in thismovie and Jodie Foster will always be the magnificent Jodie Foster.Gerard Butler was also very funny and had me cracking up which issomething a family movie has not made me do in a while. The story isgood and witty and the movie is very family friendly. I think olderteens would be bored because although I enjoyed it the story was a bitpredictable at times. Overall I was very happy with the movie and wouldrecommend it first and foremost as a family movies. Kids will love itand adults will be thoughtful enough to enjoy it.

  2. gcoast-1 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    I went and saw this movie at the world premiere. I will start out bysaying this… It is a very good for the whole family to enjoy.

    Storyline: A girl and her father are on a remote island. They are theonly ones who live their. The father is a research scientist who isinterested in microscopic creatures. Nim, the daughter, is very much intouch with nature and enjoys reading the tales of Alex Rover, anadventurer. The author, Alexandra Rover, is agoraphobic and hasn't lefther apartment in a very long time. Dad goes to sea, storm makes himstranded. Nim is stuck alone on the island and is contacted byAlexandra Rover, and calls for her help. Well, you will have to watchthe rest to find out…

    Pros: A great family movie. It has the perfect recipe of drama, comedy,suspense and a touch of romance. The acting is great. The scenery isbeautiful. The special effects are magnificent. The story of a fatherand daughter living on a remote island is very creative and lendsitself to a really great story, which is what this movie is.

    Cons: Being a family movie, it is predictable. There are also plotelements which go no-where. One being there is a huge talk about Nim'smother at the beginning, but then it really doesn't go anywhere afterthat.

    Summary: If you have kids, of any age, this is a good movie to go andsee with them. If you don't have kids, but are looking for somethingdifferent from the usual movies, this is still one to consider. All inall, a good story, well told and with great characters.

  3. Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    Nim (Abigail Breslin) and her marine biologist father (Gerard Butler)live on an island in the South Pacific. Dad's main area of study ismicroorganisms so this is a perfect venue for his work, in addition tobeing a kingdom where only the two of them rule. As Nim's mother diedin an accident on the waters, it is also a good place for them to shutout the rest of the world and heal their spirits. Nim's only closefriends are her beloved animals, a seal, a seabird, and a lizard. Oneday, father wants to make a boat trek nearby to look for a new protozoaand, for once, Nim convinces him to let her remain alone on the island.It turns out to be a bad decision, as father gets caught in a storm andcan not return home at the appointed time. Nim appeals to an adventurewriter named Alex Rover to come to the island and help look for herfather (the island does have computer technology!) But, unknown to Nim,Alex is really Alexandra (Jodie Foster) and she is a shy agoraphobicwho resides in San Francisco. Nevertheless, due to the gravity of thesituation, Alex boards a plane and begins a journey to the island. Willshe get there in time to save Nim and her father from destruction? Onpaper, this is a certain winner, for the basic premise of the movie isquite good and the undiscovered island setting is the stuff of dreams.Throw in the great threesome of Foster, Breslin, and Butler, and onecould hardly ask for more, right? Unfortunately, this is not the caseand it is difficult to say why, for the principal actors are quite goodand the scenery is lovely. Also, there is some sly humor, as in thescene where a hula dancer is stopped in mid-wave to escape an explodingvolcano! Perhaps, it is the story's inconsistencies and the slap-dashdirection that are at fault, for the scenes seem put together in amozaic that doesn't quite fit. Then, too, Butler takes on two roles,one as the father and one as the fictional alter-ego, Alex Rover, ofFoster's books, with mixed results. To sum it up, the movie probablytries to do "too many things" and ends up lacking a real focus.However, it is absolutely an acceptable film for families, with enoughadventure to please most age groups and a setting that is exotic andlovely beyond belief. Anyone searching for something new in the"child-friendly" category would find this one a good watch, but not agreat one, alas.

  4. tabuno from utah
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    Nim's Island manages to never to go over the top and combines a nicecomedy drama genre for the big screen. This movie has elements from TheLast Action Hero (1993), Jumping Jack Flash (1986), and The Whalerider(2002), all fascinating looks at either imaginary or fantasticalfriends or exotic islands and a young woman's connection with marinelife. What this movie is able to avoid is Home Alone (1990) dumbslapstick comedy. The script was very sensitive and careful withphysical comedy and Jodie Foster's performance was dead on withoutbecoming sloppy at all. Unfortunately, several of the plot pointsbecame close to cheesy, the volcano scenes had too much in the way ofcoincidental events, and the father's exploits teetered onunbelievable. Overall, though Nim's Island handled its material well,usually stayed within the bounds of acceptability in order to providean entertaining, fun performance by Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin.Seven out of Ten Stars.

  5. Jizdenky from Fraggle Rock
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    'Nim's Island' is one of those films that had the potential to be agreat adventure flick but, sadly, misses the mark. The screenplay isinconsistent and the script loses focus. Most of the characters aren'twell developed, some are unnecessary and would have been better leftout. While there are many plot holes, there are some unnecessary (andirritating, especially the sequences with the caricature bad guyvisitors in the island) subplots. The entire film revolves around Nimbeing stranded on the island all by herself as her father is lostsomewhere at sea and a 'borderline' agoraphobic Alexandra travelling tothe island to rescue her. The climax is very disappointing. When onesees Nim and Alexandra meet for the first time, something big isexpected but nothing like that happens. I would have much preferredthat the film focus on Nim and Alexandra's adventure in the island andtheir attempt to rescue Jack but there's nothing like that. Moreover,the look of the film isn't that appealing. There are some nice glimpsesof the island but the CGI is poor and use of green screen copy pastingis too obvious (due to poor lighting). I liked the animal charactersbut only the adorable sea lion looked realistic. Abigail Breslin andGerard Butler are okay but they are mostly let down by the shoddyscreenplay. However, Jodie Foster was amusing to watch. It's great tosee her in a comedic performance and she carries off the eccentricAlex's 'borderline' agoraphobia and determination to save Nim withcomic flair. It is her scenes that save 'Nim's Island' from being atotal disaster. The film ends on a note that there might be a sequel.If there is, well I hope it has much more to offer.

  6. Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    After watching NIM'S ISLAND, it occurred to me that Wendy Orr'schildren's novel would have worked much better as a Walt Disneyanimated feature than as a live action film with CGI effects. Animationwould have provided the missing ingredient here–namely, goodold-fashioned charm…and magic. The design work for the main titlesled me to believe this would be an enchanting film. It wasn't.

    However, with a lack of good films for children to see, I wouldn'tdiscourage younger patrons from seeing the film. It's entertainingenough for impressionable minds to appreciate–if they can understandthat the Alex Roper character is really a figment of Abigail's andJody's imagination.

    ABIGAIL BRESLIN is fine as the lonely island girl who has to fantasizeabout her pulp action hero and GERARD BUTLER is perfectly cast as herfather (Jack) who goes missing for most of the story but is reunitedwith her–predictably–at the end after a savage storm. But I can't sayI enjoyed watching JODIE FOSTER play a clumsy agoraphobic authoress ina series of scenes that had me wondering who else might have beenbetter in that role. I came up with a younger Angela Lansbury, who knewhow to do this sort of physical clumsiness with such skill and stillremain charming. With Foster, the charm is gone and all you you get isa mannered amount of nerdy nervousness.

    Lest anyone adult should fall asleep during the proceedings, not toworry. Patrick Doyle's bombastic background score, incredibly busy evenduring the frenzied height of the storm scenes, is enough to makeanyone pop open their eyes to see what's happening.

    What should have been wistful, magical, even a bit romantic, comesacross as kind of brass, corny and utterly predictable nonsense withlots of credibility issues. Foster's character is among the mostunbelievable characters ever created, even for a children's story.

    Summing up: Has its moments and it's not all bad, but too bad Butlercouldn't have had more footage. His scenes as the imaginary adventurerprovide the best and most humorous moments in the whole film.

  7. ryan_christopher from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    I have read many comments about predictability, blah, blah, blah! Ifound this film refreshingly entertaining for all ages. There wassomething for everyone. Being a female around the same age, I canrelate to Jodie Foster since I practically grew up with her!! And I dofeel it was great seeing her in a lighter movie than she's been makinglately.

    Abigail Breslin was cute as always. She definitely can hold her own,but then she always has.

    Gerard Butler – well I can never say enough about him. That's why I putgreat movie in more ways than one. To see him in two roles was justgreat. My daughter who is 15 got me into him from "Phantom" to "DearFrankie" to "300" (and I hate war movies usually) to "Tomb Raider" to"P.S. I Love You" and now this movie. We went with 4 of her friends,and after wards we had a discussion on which "Gerard" we liked better.The vote was four for the swash-buckling Alex Rover (myself included)to two for the more clean-cut Jack! We all agreed that we loved thismovie.

  8. wdashton43 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    Nim's Island is a tale about a young girl named Nim (imagine that) wholives with her single father on a remote island in the middle of theSouth Pacific. Because she has no friends or neighbors, she spends hertime playing with animals and indulging in the fantastic fantasies ofher Alex Rover adventure novels. The stories of the Alex Rover novelsare assumedly based on the adventures of the author, Alexandra Rover.The reality is that Alexandra is an introvert hermit who spends herdays writing her stories in her San Francisco apartment and talkingaloud to the imaginary Alex Rover character. Alexandra and Nim comeinto contact through email and Nim reveals that her father, who is ascientist, is lost at sea. After much debating, Alexandra gets upenough courage to finally leave her apartment and travel to visit Nim.Once on the island, the girls quickly develop a special bond. With thehelp of the imaginary story hero Alex Rover, they step into a world offun and adventure where the line separating fantasy and real lifevanishes and dreams become realities (I know that last line was reallycorny, but whatever).

    The predominant aspect that enticed me to see the film was the awesomecast. You have academy award winner Jodie Foster as Alexandra Rover,Abegail Breslin—who you may remember from Little Miss Sunshine—playingNim, and the star of 300, Gerard Butler playing dual roles as thefather and as the imaginary Alex Rover. And yes, ladies, he does havehis shirt off in this film.

    Despite the big names, the cast seemed to lack the necessary chemistry.I thought Butler did an awesome job with both of his roles, but hisrelationship with his daughter is far from believable. And JodieFoster, who happens to be one of my favorite actresses, just seemsreally out of place in this film. Kind of like Subway's Jared eating atQuiznos. Breslin was fine as Nim, but she spends half the movie talkingto lizards and a giant seal. That might seem cute to some viewers, butin my opinion she probably needs a psychiatrist, or possibly anexorcist. I would also like to add that someone needs to teach thatgirl proper running form. Many scenes feature Nim running through thewoods or down the beach and every time I watched her run I just startedto laugh. With her arms flailing about she looked like Pinocchiorunning around high on amphetamines or something.

    I did really enjoy all the fantasy elements of the film, but I think amovie that mixes fantasy with reality works best when the fantasyaspects provide a sharp contrast to reality. In Nim's Island, thenormal lives they live are unrealistic which causes the fantasyelements to lose their effect. I mean, who in the right mind moves to aremote island with a ten year old? And how in the world did they getwireless internet service? I can't even get service in my own basement,and they have perfect connection on an island in the middle of nowhere.

    Maybe my expectations are too high. Maybe I am too old to appreciate achildren's film. Nim's Island is, after all, a kid's movie in thepurest sense. There are plenty of corny jokes, cute animals, andmoments that will probably touch your soul, unless of course you areSatan. I had high hopes for this film because I honestly enjoy quite afew kids' movies. Who here doesn't like Hook? Or The Sandlot? Or Angelsin the Outfield? Nim's Island, unfortunately, did not measure up. SureI laughed a few times and smiled innocently at some of the scenes, butabout half way through the movie I…well…to be perfectly honest, I fellsound asleep. I think I dreamt about unicorns, but I don't reallyremember.

  9. ccthemovieman-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    Silly? Yes. Predictable? Yes. For Kids? Yes. Entertaining? Yes…..evenfor adults, IF you don't take anything seriously and expect something alittle dumb but charming.nonetheless. Picture yourself as a kidwatching a movie and you'll enjoy it a lot more, because it'sdefinitely a children's film. It also has an involving story. Once itstarts you have to stick around and see how it winds up. With somemovies, I could care less but this one, I cared.

    For those who have kids age 5-12, this is highly recommended. Foradults, well, it's not bad. If you're looking for "clean"entertainment, you found it. It's not goody-goody, either, and it's notalways a smart family movie (a father leaving his kid all alone forseveral days?) but it's a nice movie, has funny animal characters, alead kid who is not a brat, nice island scenery, one big-name actress(Jodie Foster) and is a diversion for an hour-and-a-half.

    The little dragon "Fred" is the best of the non-humans. I don't know ifthat's the real noise that lizard makes, but it's fun to hear. Sealsare always entertaining, too. The one in this film is very talented.

    As for the humans, Abigail Breslin as "Nim Rusoe" is a cute, likablekid. Gerard Butler plays both male leads and does them well enough thatyou forget he's doing two characters. Seeing Foster do slapstick whilebeing a female "Mr. Monk" was a little odd but, I'm not going to knockher for trying.

    As another reviewer said here, put yourself in a little kid's shoes andenjoy the film.

  10. Jahala_Dudley from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:30 pm

    It was a cute movie. But, there were some parts that were 'too cute' toenjoy. Some of the animals used…though they were real, looked fake,cheesy, and the bird.The seal was probably the mostrealistic acting animal and did a nice job. The lizards used in thefilm looked real but the the 'voices' they were given were way toocheesy and was the one thing that made them seem fake…although theygot a giggle from the kids in the audience. Foster did a great job ofportraying a character with agoraphobia, she hit it right on. The restof the actors did quite well also, Breslin has proved herself to be aknown name in the future. I definitely recommend this for the kids.

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