The Nostradamus Kid

Director: Bob Ellis
Screenwriters: Bob Ellis

Institute History

  • 1994 Sundance Film Festival


The tale of a young man's coming of age is archetypically a story of sexual awakening and personal growth and development, as in this delightful and stimulating comedy by writer/director Bob Ellis. But what gives this script such joie de vivre is its quasi-autobiographical relating of the unique adventures of an iconoclastic youth at a Seventh Day Adventist summer camp 10 1956. Fearing that the world is about to end as predicted by an eloquent heretic, and hopelessly in love with the pastor's daughter, Ken Elkin is driven to act as if this day is his last.

But the world doesn't end, and when we next see him, Elkin, played brilliantly by Noah Taylor (last seen in Flirting), is attending school In Sydney and running after the wealthy and stunning Jennie. Shortly he's faced again with the end of the world, this time in the guise of the Cuban missile crisis.

Ellis is an exceptional writer, and this romantic recounting possesses the dialogue and wit of a Preston Sturges film. Fast-paced, charming and even a bit eccentric, The Nostradamus Kid offers an all-too-rare opportunity to enjoy a real comedy of ideas.

Saturday Jan 22 7:20 pm
Holiday Village Cinema II

Tuesday Jan 25 4:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre

Friday Jan 28 12:30 pm
Park City Library Center


— Geoffrey Gilmore

Screening Details


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