Emergency Movie

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Who's Involved:

John Fischer, Marty Bowen, RJ Cyler, Sabrina Carpenter, Carey Williams, Maddie Nichols, Donald Elise Watkins, Issac Klausner, Diego Abraham, Madison Thompson, Sebastian Chacon, KD Davila

Release Date:

Friday, May 20, 2022 Limited
Friday, May 27, 2022 PrimeVideo

pervasive language, drug use and some sexual references
Runtime: 1 hr, 45 m
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and his best friend, Sean (RJ Cyler), are both seniors in college about to embark on an epic night of Spring Break parties. Sean has the whole night planned out, including every party they will hit on their “legendary tour.” Kunle is down, yet mostly concerned with finishing up his mold experiment in his lab, as his acceptance to Princeton is hinging on the results. They return to their apartment to pre-game, yet find that their roommate, Carlos (Sebastian Chacon), left the door open. As they enter with trepidation, Sean and Kunle discover a drunk, semi-conscious White female they don’t know on the floor and an oblivious Carlos, who didn’t hear her come in over the videogame blaring in his ears. Kunle wants to call the cops but Sean vehemently opposes the idea concerned how it will look when the cops show up (two Black men, one Latino man and a passed out White woman).

Together, Carlos, Sean and Kunle load the girl - who they nickname Goldilocks, but whose real name is Emma (Maddie Nichols) - into Sean’s van, with the intention of taking her somewhere safe rather than calling the police. Meanwhile, Emma’s sister, Maddy (Sabrina Carpenter), has realized that Emma left the party they were at, and begins to search for her in a drunk panic using Emma’s phone’s location. What ensues is a chaotic, hilarious, and tension- filled chase all over town as our trio grapples with their differences while attempting to bring Emma to safety.

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Who stars in Emergency: Cast List

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Project Artemis, Cat Person  


Tall Girl, Clouds  

The Boogeyman, Days of Daisy  


Who's making Emergency: Crew List

A look at the Emergency behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Carey Williams last directed R#J.


KD Davila


Marty Bowen
John Fischer
Issac Klausner

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Production: What we know about Emergency?

Key Facts

  1. Hailed by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 2018’s New Faces of Independent Film, Carey Williams is a director bringing a unique and visually striking cinematic eye to the exploration of the human condition. Williams’ short film Cherry Waves won Best Short awards from HBO, NBC Shortcuts, San Diego Film Festival, as well as Best Narrative from Holly shorts Film Festival (5/8/2022).

Filming Timeline

  1. 2022 - February: The film was set to Completed  status.

Emergency Release Date: When was the film released?

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Emergency was a Limited release in 2022 on Friday, May 20, 2022. There were 10 other movies released on the same date, including Downton Abbey: A New Era, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers and Men.

As a Limited release, Emergency will only be shown in select movie theaters across major markets. Please check Fandango and Atom Tickets to see if the film is playing in your area.

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