Knowing parents guide


Overall C

When a half-century-old time capsule at an elementary school is opened, so is a mystery. Among the enclosed artifacts is a sheet of paper containing a string of numbers. Examining the cryptic message, Professor John Koestler (Nicholas Cage) discovers the digits accurately predict dates and death tolls of all the major disasters that have occurred during the last fifty years -- and there are three more prophesies yet to be fulfilled.

Release date March 20, 2009

Violence C-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity C
Substance Use C

Why is Knowing rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Knowing PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language

Run Time: 121 minutes

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Why is Knowing rated PG-13? Knowing is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language

A handful of moderate profanities and terms of Christian Deity are scattered throughout this script that depicts frequent alcohol consumption among several characters. One man, who is mourning the loss of his wife, follows up a night of excessive drinking by driving the school carpool the next morning. Children, who repeatedly hear voices in their head, are compelled to write down numbers, to the point of scratching digits into wood with bloody fingers. Ominous, silent characters enter a child’s bedroom, show up at school, lurk outside a home and appear to threaten youngsters on several occasions. Animals, cities, homes and forests are engulfed in flames. A plane crashes in front of motorists. Burning victims, corpses and a mangled fuselage are shown. A speeding subway car crushes numerous characters and causes extensive underground havoc. Terrorists threaten to deploy a bomb in a large city. Children are kidnapped. A woman’s suicide is discussed. A man with a gun chases others. Looters destroy businesses. A character is killed in a brutal car crash. Brief comments are made about sexual orientation and a woman’s large anatomy.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Violence, Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Frightening Scenes.
Ontario 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

Knowing is directed by and stars Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Knowing movie is July 7, 2009. Here are some details…

Release Date: 7 July 2009

Learn more about Knowing with the release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray. Both formats of the film also include two behind-the-scenes featurettes and an audio commentary by the director.

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Scientists also predict a disastrous outcome when environmental changes cause a freezing front to advance across the continent in The Day After Tomorrow. In another film dealing with the devastation of 9/11, Nicolas Cage plays a Port Authority police officer trapped in the rubble in the movie World Trade Center.