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Poor Things

September 8, 2023
2hr 11min
Status: released

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Poor Things Movie Details:

Based onPoor Things by Alasdair Gray
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
United State
Language English
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Release dateSeptember 1, 2023 (Venice)
December 8, 2023 (United States)
January 12, 2024 (Ireland and United Kingdom)
Running time2hr 21min
Age ratingR
CastEmma Stone
Mark Ruffalo
Willem Dafoe
Ramy Youssef
Christopher Abbott
Jerrod Carmichael
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay byTony McNamara
Produced byEd Guiney
Andrew Lowe
Yorgos Lanthimos
Emma Stone
Cinematography by Robbie Ryan
Edited by Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music byJerskin Fendrix
Production CompanyFilm4
Element Pictures
TSG Entertainment
Distributor Searchlight Pictures

Poor Things Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Emma Stone as Bella Baxter / Victoria Blessington
  • Mark Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn
  • Willem Dafoe as Dr. Godwin “God” Baxter
  • Ramy Youssef as Max McCandles
  • Christopher Abbott as Alfie Blessington
  • Kathryn Hunter as Madame Swiney
  • Jerrod Carmichael as Harry Astley
  • Hanna Schygulla as Martha von Kurtzroc
  • Margaret Qualley as Felicity
  • Vicki Pepperdine as Mrs. Prim
  • Suzy Bemba [fr] as Toinette
  • Keeley Forsyth as Alison the Maid
  • John Locke as David the Butler
  • Kate Handford as Kitty
  • Owen Good as Gerald
  • Damien Bonnard as Father
  • Tom Stourton as Steward
  • Wayne Brett as Priest
  • Carminho as Fado Singing Woman
  • Jerskin Fendrix as Lisbon Restaurant Musician


The film follows Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$35 million
Domestic Opening$661,230
Domestic Collection$30,422,696
International Collection$51,529,586
Worldwide Collection$81,952,282

About Poor Things Movie:

Poor Things is a romantic comedy-drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Tony McNamara. It stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott, and Jerrod Carmichael. Based on the 1992 novel by Alasdair Gray, the plot follows Bella Baxter, a young woman in Victorian London, who is resurrected by a scientist following her suicide and embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery.

Principal photography took place in Hungary, beginning in August 2021 at Origo Studios in Budapest and wrapping that December. It is the first feature-film to be partially shot on Kodak’s 35mm Ektachrome colour reversal motion picture film stock.

Poor Things premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2023, where it won the Golden Lion. It was released in the United States on December 8, 2023, and in Ireland and the United Kingdom on January 12, 2024, by Searchlight Pictures. The film was named one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review and has grossed over $89 million worldwide.

It was nominated in 11 categories at the 77th British Academy Film Awards and the 96th Academy Awards, including Best Film and Best Picture, and won two Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Stone.