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Dogville (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 23 April 2004 (USA)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

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Bill Henson
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Tom Edison Sr.
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Ben
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Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. Written by Neil Hillman.

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A quiet little town not far from here.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Film 'Dogville' as Told in Nine Chapters and a Prologue  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 83,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$661,452 (France), 23 May 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,855, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,530,386, 13 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,604,712, 14 December 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lars von Trier wrote the role of Grace with Nicole Kidman in mind. Before meeting her, Trier read an interview with her where she expressed her desire to work with him and he subsequently wrote this film for her. See more »

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When Chuck takes the scarf from Grace's neck it shows up two shots later, then is gone again in next shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is the sad tale of the township of Dogville. Dogville was in the Rocky Mountains in the US of A, up here where the road came to its definitive end, near the entrance to the old abandoned silver mine. The residents of Dogville were good honest folks, and they liked their township. And while a sentimental soul from the East Coast had once dubbed their main street Elm Street, though no elm had ever cast its shadow in Dogville, they saw no reason to change anything. Most of the ...
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Closing dedication: In loving memory of Katrin Cartlidge 15.05.1961 - 07.09.2002 See more »

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Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
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Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Sung by residents of Dogville on July 4th
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This movie has a very particular Old Testament message to it.
5 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The comments about the film's message regarding how the nation treats its poor are quite accurate, however, I think it is worth pointing out that von Trier conveys his point in an almost Biblical sort of way (which is not unusual for von Trier, given the message in "Breaking the Waves"). I am particularly inclined to believe that he had in mind Ezekiel 16.49 when he wrote the script, given that the message is so similar.

If it were the case that von Trier did have the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in mind when he wrote "Dogville," then it would seem that the characters of Grace and her father take on a quite interesting meaning. The two may represent the two forms of God which visit the city: Grace as the visitor(s) who are raped and treated un-neighborly, the father as the aspect of God which passes judgment on the city.

Just some thoughts...


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