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Signs (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 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 lives in 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 grows suspicious of demonic activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape. 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film grew out of M. Night Shyamalan's idea to show an alien invasion from the point of view of one family. See more »


When Graham looks out the window at the large flock of birds, the corn stalks are brown. This is in contrast to all of the other shots, were the corn is green. See more »


Morgan: The book says they're probably very good problem solvers. They'll find a way in.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are black text that rolls over a black screen with a illuminated blue circle in the middle, instead of the traditional white text on a flat black background. See more »


Referenced in Moving Pictures: The Storyboard Process (2002) See more »

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going so well until the last 5 minutes
7 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) lives on a corn farm outside of Philadelphia with his brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), his kids Morgan (Rory Culkin) and Bo (Abigail Breslin). Local man Ray Reddy (M. Night Shyamalan) had caused a traffic accident that killed his wife and he stopped being a priest. He discovers a crop circle and other strange things keep occurring. Bo thinks something is wrong with the water and puts glasses of water everywhere. Then aliens invade.

There is no doubt that M. Night Shyamalan is a good technical director. He creates some great tension. He peppers the movie with little comedic moments. It's a great little non-explosion filled alien invasion movie. It's a tense fun little horror movie. And then the reveal happens. The movie goes into disbelief. Honestly I try to excuse it from time to time but there are no excuses. Somebody must have noticed the problem but I guess nobody was willing to challenge Shyamalan back in the day.

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