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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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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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The "Brazilian Video" was shot with a household camcorder by M. Night Shyamalan himself. See more »


Graham asks Bo to turn up the volume on the TV, she reaches forward and the volume increases before she makes contact with the button. Also, she then holds her finger on the button but the volume does not continue to increase, instead, it remains constant. See more »


Merrill: Everything has a weakness.
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In Memory of Bill Nisselson - June 19, 2001 See more »


Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Signs (2012) See more »

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One of the best movies of 2002 so far
5 October 2002 | by (Tampa, FL) – See all my reviews

A scary-looking monster is not needed in this movie. Just simply the fear of the unknown is enough. But just in case that's not enough for YOU, you will also get creepy sounds & very frightening situations. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that some of the stuff that is on the news on the TV in the movie is some of the scariest material in the movie. While all the things on the news in this movie are pretty freaky, there is one news clip in particular that I think really scared mostly everyone (maybe everyone) in the audience. So basically, don't go to this movie expecting to see a bunch of man-killing freaky-looking aliens. If you want something like that, rent "Alien".

All of the actors in this movie do a terrific job. The kids were great, which was unexpected for me. And as for the director...well, M. Night Shyamalan is a genius. He is the Alfred Hithcock of our time (note that he is nowhere as even remotely great as Hitchcock, I was just saying for our time). And he is now one of my favorite directors. With "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs", he manages to make movies that can truly terrify the audience, and he doesn't use blood & gore, he uses suspense and just simple horror. They are both only rated PG-13, and are both real crowd-scarers, which tells you this guy is really something.

To sum it up: This is one of VERY VERY few movies that had me laughing out loud one minute, and then jumping out of my seat in shock the next. Lots of laughs, great acting, awesome directing, truly terrifying material, shock value, all the suspense you can handle and then some, what more do you want from a movie? Little kids saying the darndest things? Excellent character build-up? Drama? Well you get all of those too. "Signs" is one of the best movies of 2002 so far.

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