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Signs (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  2 August 2002 (USA)
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A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lanny Flaherty ...
Mrs. Nathan
Lionel Prichard
Kevin Pires ...
Brazilian Birthday Boy
Columbia University Professor
Rhonda Overby ...
Sarah Hughes


Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill moves into a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. After hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family begins to suspect of extraterrestrial activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape from the clutches of the alien invaders. Written by Radhakrishnan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's Not Like They Didn't Warn Us. See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some frightening moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

M. Night Shyamalan's Signs  »

Box Office


$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,117,080 (USA) (2 August 2002)


$227,965,690 (USA) (31 January 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by Saleka Shyamalan, director M. Night Shyamalan's daughter. See more »


The family television has no problems picking up a clear TV signal, even though the antenna cable isn't plugged in. See more »


Merrill: Hey, you guys okay?
Morgan: Some guy had a sign saying it was the end of the world.
Merrill: Don't worry.
Morgan: You won't let anything happen to us, right?
Merrill: No way.
Morgan: I wish you were my dad.
Merrill: What did you say? Don't you ever say anything like that again. Ever!
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In Memory of Bill Nisselson - June 19, 2001 See more »


Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.50 (2008) See more »

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underrated film
28 July 2005 | by (over there) – See all my reviews

I don't think this film deserved the poor reviews that some gave it. I've only seen 3 of Night Shylaman's films (6th Sense, Unbreakable) and this one is the most sophisticated in my mind in terms of the director manipulating the viewers into seeing and believing what he wants you to believe.

This is not Gibson's worst film by any means. If anything he gets to try to portray an understated, confused, and emotionally scarred character and I think he soft-sells it very well. Joaquin Phoenix also has a similar character to play and he too soft-sells it well. That was probably not an accident as their calm, sullen personalities contrast with the unbearable situation they find themselves in.

If you haven't already, see it - and keep an open mind.

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