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Movie 1: Harry Potter and the Philospher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone

poster4Directed By: Chris Columbus

Produced By: David Heyman

Based on the Novel By: J.K. Rowling

Screenplay By: Steve Kloves

Executive Producers: Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan and Duncan Henderson

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters

Running Time: 152 minutes (2 hours, 32 minutes)

US: PG (Some scary moments and mild language)
UK: PG (Contains mild horror, violence and language)
AU: PG (Supernatural themes)

Release Dates:
US – November 16, 2001
UK – November 16, 2001
AU – November 29, 2001

Worldwide Gross: $974,733,550 (source)

Critical Consensus: Being so faithful to the book is both the movie’s strength and weakness. The movie unfolds exactly as written in the book, so there is little room for surprises or discoveries. For Potter fans, what more can you ask for? (source)

Synopsis: Harry Potter has learned to live with his bullying Uncle Vernon, his callous Aunt Petunia and the constant whining of his greedy, spoiled cousin Dudley. He’s even learned to live with sleeping in the cupboard under the stairs. Harry’s relatives have just as reluctantly learned to live with the unwelcome presence of their orphaned relation, a constant reminder of Petunia’s “wayward” sister and brother-in-law and their mysterious and untimely demise. Even the impending arrival of his 11th birthday offers no excitement for Harry–as usual, there’s little chance of cards, presents or any kind of birthday treat. This year, however, is different. Read more…

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