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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

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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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1.85 : 1
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Composer James Newton Howard was asked to purposely reference classic film scores from similar genres, such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Psycho (1960). The opening music and main three-note motif is strikingly similar (a probable reference) to both the theme of Psycho (1960) and the theme of The Twilight Zone (1959). See more »


When everyone is at the table not eating their dinner, the spaghetti on Bo's plate changes when the camera cuts to her. See more »


[giving the dog a bowl of water]
Bo: It tastes funny.
[Morgan takes a sip]
Morgan: It does not. It's just tap water. Besides, he licks his butt every day, I don't think he'll mind.
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In Memory of Bill Nisselson - June 19, 2001 See more »

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Riveting and clever scarefest reinvents the modern horror film
6 August 2002 | by (Charlotte, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I have been a horror film fan for 30 years. While I remember a few films actually scaring me as a kid (Jaws, Psycho), I have failed to encounter many in my adult life. I like to be scared, but Hollywood has seen fit to retread every tired formulaic convention in just about everything it throws at the local multiplex. Even the independent filmmakers, free of the "system", seem to forget what FEAR is. Mostly I sit solemnly staring in disbelief at the screen, waiting and hoping to get those goosebumps. Then, finally, we were given Signs. Most will say, including the director, that this is not a horror film; I genuinely disagree. If this is not a horror flick, then it is time for this film to start a branch of its own and begin a new genre. I admired every little aspect of this picture, from the use of everyday objects: baby monitor, a blank television screen and a half empty glass of water, to convey and act as a vehicle to extract fear from the ordinary. Most of all, Shyamalan is an expert craftsman and knows how to get the most out of space, actors and sound. It is the lingering shot on a basement staircase when you are desperately hoping he moves his camera to show us more, or the screeching sound in the next room whose source he won't reveal . This director knows just how long to hold the shot, to increase the tension and build the suspense, long enough for our mind to begin forming pictures. And those pictures can be the most frightening of all. Stay the course Shyamalan.

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