Take Shelter

Synopsis: Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Jeff Nichols
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  42 wins & 36 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.

Thanks, babe.

- You slept late.

- Yeah, I need to go.

What you got going today?

I've got to finish up some curtains

for Saturday,

and Nat and Cam are coming over.

- With the kids?

- Yeah.

Cammie said she just needed

to get out of the house.

Tell Nat to take it easy on her.

Cam can hold her own.

We need to send in the deposit

for the beach condo.

I love you.

- Just write the check, babe, okay?

- Okay. Bye.

No more food.

You, eat.

Yeah, let's keep going with that bit.

It'll go another 10 feet.

We won't get the gravel pack down today.

Why not?


We're gonna have to call it.

Happy hour starts at 5:00, Dewart.

Not if it's raining.

- Ready?

- Yeah.

They were just drinking and laughing

And, oh, my God,

it was like I was being in a museum

and I saw the progress from apes to men.

I saw it. I saw the future.

Dewart, that was him,

that was going to be him in 20 years.

Let me tell you, you laugh.

You laugh. But this little one in your arms is

gonna be shuffling in a bar just like them.

- Yep.

- No.

Don't listen to her.

- Hannah!

- What?

- You guys okay?

- Yeah.

No. Don't touch.

You understand?

Okay. Come here.

Go play.

Hey, DJ. Bring the girls inside.


- It's not my fault. I told you.

- Yeah, all right.

All right, I'm calling it. Shut it down.

- Bye, guys. Thank you for coming.

- I'll call you about the Lions Club supper.

- Okay. Love you.

- Bye, Sam.

BYE, Cam!

Can you sign



I gotta get home.

Nat and me been looking into a threesome.

We've been chatting with this girl online

from Canton.

Yeah. Big old girl.

What's big?

She's about 250, 275.

She can't be no taller than five foot.

Shit, man.

I don't see me and Sam

getting into something like that.

No. I don't guess you would.

You got a good life, Curtis.

I'm serious.

I think that's the best compliment

you can give a man,

take a look at his life

and say, "That's good.

"That guy's doing something right."

Well, it ain't always so easy.

Hell, I know that.

Shit. I gotta go.

Good night.

Hey, baby.

She do all right today?

She was fine.

She's still not playing

with the others, though.

She can't connect.

Honey, you gotta clean up that trash pile

in the back.

She fished out a

board that had nails on it.

I'll get to it this weekend.

I still take off my boots,

so I won't wake her up.

I still whisper.


- What?

- Did you hear me?

You got to be home, showered,

ready to walk out the door by 6:00 tonight.

What's wrong?

Nothing. I just want her to eat her breakfast

and stop playing with the damn dog.

She's fine down there.

She had toast already.

- All right.

- What?

Hannah. Come here. Hannah.

- Curtis?

- What?

I'm late.

- You didn't eat anything.

- It's okay.

I didn't say you had control

over the weather, Russell.

What I did say was that the top shelf

has got to be cleared by the 15th.

That's non-negotiable.


Curtis? Where we at on that East 82nd site?

Yesterday slowed us down.

We couldn't get the second pilot hole drilled.

It rained for two hours yesterday.

Two hours,

and our entire schedule went in the toilet?

We lose the permit

if you're not out of there, end of day.

- Yes, sir.

- End of day, Curtis.

All right. Valerie tells me

that the father-son pancake cook-off...

Hey, I gotta make a stop

before we head out there.

- Think we got time?

- Yeah, there's time.


Son of a bitch.

- We stripped that bit.

- Yeah.

Well, bring it up. We gotta reset it.


- You ever see birds fly like that?

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Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols is an American film director and screenwriter from Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Nichols has directed Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special. more…

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