The Killing of a Sacred Deer

October 17th, 2017


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 8.1/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Writers: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Colin Farrell, Raffey Cassidy, Barry Keoghan, Bill Camp, Anita Farmer Bergman, Sunny Suljic, Megan Chelf Fisher, Lea Hutton Beasmore, Josephine Elle, Rachael Mcadams, Jerry Pope, Ming Wang, Nathaniel Sizemore, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nicole Kidman - Anna Murphy
Alicia Silverstone - Martin's Mother
Colin Farrell - Steven Murphy
Raffey Cassidy - Kim Murphy
Barry Keoghan - Martin
Bill Camp - Matthew
Anita Farmer Bergman - Nurse
Sunny Suljic - Bob Murphy
Megan Chelf Fisher - Diner Patron
Lea Hutton Beasmore - Conference Guest
Josephine Elle - Doctor
Rachael Mcadams - Conference Attendance / Nurse
Jerry Pope - Medical Conference Attendee
Ming Wang - Abdominal Doctor
Nathaniel Sizemore - Hospital Orderly


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Country: UK, Ireland

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Heart surgery scenes in the film are real. They were filmed during an operation on a real patient who was undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. See more »


User Review


Rating: 7/10

This slow paced psychological thriller embodies everything that is key to making the viewer feel a lively and frightening experience: it is beautifully shot, with very talented actors, a soundtrack that will give you chilling goosebumps, and an enigmatic plot. While some parts might feel slow or superfluous, this is easily compensated by the rising tension. Moreover, the fright is ingeniously generated through the actors' astute portrayal of character turmoil, and not cheaply made jump-scares or gratuitous violent scenes. In a way, The Killing of A Sacred Deer reminds me of Cape Fear (1991). Great movie if you like biting your knuckles in apprehension and get your nerves all twisted up, not so great if you are searching for fast-paced graphic experience (although the movie contains some instances of sexuality and gore).


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