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Night at the Museum (2006)

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A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

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Shawn Levy

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Robert Ben Garant (screenplay), Thomas Lennon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Larry Daley
Carla Gugino ... Rebecca
Dick Van Dyke ... Cecil
Mickey Rooney ... Gus
Bill Cobbs ... Reginald
Jake Cherry ... Nick Daley
Ricky Gervais ... Dr. McPhee
Robin Williams ... Teddy Roosevelt
Kim Raver ... Erica Daley
Patrick Gallagher ... Attila the Hun
Rami Malek ... Ahkmenrah
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Christopher Columbus
Charlie Murphy ... Taxi Driver
Steve Coogan ... Octavius
Mizuo Peck ... Sacajawea
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Storyline

In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This Christmas, it won't be a silent night. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action, language and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Italian | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night at the Museum: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,433,781, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$250,863,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$574,480,841
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the night guards chase Nick (Jake Cherry) up the stairs, only Dick Van Dyke performed the stunt himself. The other two actors required younger stunt doubles. See more »

Goofs

Cecil shuts the bottom half of the security office door when Larry enters. When Larry leaves the office, the door is open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Taxi Driver: [as Larry walks into the street] Hey, watch it!
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Crazy Credits

During the film's end credit sequence, two scenes featuring the characters played by Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney, and Bill Cobbs appear on the side. See more »

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Referenced in Total Dhamaal (2019) See more »

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Weapon Of Choice
(2000)
Written by Ashley Slater (as Ashley William Slater), Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart), Bootsy Collins (as William Earl Collins), Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook), Mista Lawnge (as William R. McLean), and Andres Titus
Performed by Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins
Courtesy of Astralwerks
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Bootsy Collins appears courtesy of WEA Records Germany
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As good a family film as you'll find this holiday
17 December 2006 | by terrycarterSee all my reviews

Slightly overlong - and lacking the perhaps obligatory love interest - this is as good a film as any parent will be able to excite their kids with this holiday period - well certainly in the UK. The film has huge plot holes and probably hundreds of continuity errors but rampaging dinosaurs, goodish CGI and another athletic comic turn from Ben Stiller, together with the gorgeous Carla Gugino make this near perfect Xmas cinematic fair.

The Museum of Natural History is suffering a downturn in visitor numbers and has to make cutbacks by way of night security men. Step up Larry Daly (Stiller) in an attempt to retain his home and convince ex wife that he is a role model for their impressionable son. The film's premise that the various waxwork and skeleton inhabitants come to life at night due to the presence of a magical Egyptian golden tablet placed 50 years before is, of course, to suspend disbelief beyond anything else you'll be expected to this year - but anyone at a loss for an excuse to get the kids out of the house over the Christmas period could do a lot worse than spend just under a couple of hours at the multiplex to see what is a cross between Jumanji and the Indian in the Cupboard.


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