The Shack

Synopsis: After the abduction and presumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and suspects it is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy's abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Stuart Hazeldine
Production: Lionsgate
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

If it hurts someone I care about.

So, pretty much, you are the judge?

Yeah, I guess.

You ever been wrong?

Or changed your opinion over time?

I mean, sure.

And there are billions like you...

each determining

what you think is good and evil.

And when your good clashes

with your neighbor's evil,

arguments ensue.

Wars break out.

Because all insist on playing God.

You weren't meant to do any of that.

All on your own.

This was always meant to be

a conversation between friends.

What do you think?

It's still a mess. (SOFT CHUCKLE)

Yes, it is, Mack.

Wild, wonderful, and perfectly in process.

This mess is you.




So... you decided to stay.

Thinking about it.

Sarayu can be very persuasive, huh?

If only I was smart enough

to understand a word she said.


So, uh, if you're up for a walk,

there's something on the far side

of the lake I'd like to show you.

I just have to finish up in the shed,

and I'll meet you down there.

You can take the boat out, if you want.

Left my pole in it,

if you're feeling lucky.


Daddy! Daddy!





- No, no, no, no, no.


Mack, it's okay.

Why are you doing this to me?

This isn't me.

You told me to come out here.


this is happening inside you.

You're letting it consume you,

and you don't have to.

No, no, no, no, no.

Just take a deep breath

and listen to my voice.

Don't look at it, Mack. Look here.


Don't think about the past.

Don't think about the pain.

Look at me.

Everything is gonna be okay.

Look at me!

Trust me, none of this can hurt you.

Just keep your eyes on me.


Good, Mack.

I'm not going anywhere.


Now, let's get you out of this boat.

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John Fusco

John Fusco is an American screenwriter born in Prospect, Connecticut. His screenplays include Crossroads, Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, and the Oscar-nominated Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. more…

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