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(2004)

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Joaquin Phoenix made a wooden walking stick for Bryce Dallas Howard during the 19th-century preparation the actors participated in before the film. He engraved the name of her character, Ivy, on the walking stick.
M. Night Shyamalan put the entire cast through a 19th century "boot camp" in order for them to get a good feel for the time period.
The role of Lucius Hunt was written for Joaquin Phoenix.
Production almost had to shut down because it started snowing, with 14 inches of accumulation, but during the night it rained and all the snow melted. Soon after, they dug the hole that Noah falls into, which is why it looks so muddy.
Sigourney Weaver suffered nightmares for two weeks after reading the script.
The film was originally to be called "The Woods" but another film from MGM was already using that name, so the title had to be changed to "The Village".
The director cast Bryce Dallas Howard without an audition after seeing her perform on stage.
The inspiration for the story comes from two unlikely sources: "Wuthering Heights" for the period drama, and King Kong (1933) for the community living in fear of predatory creatures.
It took the crew eleven weeks to build the set for the village. There were nearly 300 people in the scenic and construction department.
Local Chadds Ford artist Andrew Wyeth's works were used as inspiration for the look of the film. In fact the house shared by Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver was a copy of the one that appears in a Wyeth watercolor painting titled "Open Shed".
Aaron Eckhart, Thomas Jane and Hayden Christensen were considered to play Noah.
Jessica Biel and Kate Hudson were considered to replace Kirsten Dunst as Ivy Walker, but Bryce Dallas Howard was cast instead.
Edward and Tabitha Walker actually had five daughters. Kitty and Ivy were the oldest. When Ivy is singing to Kitty Edward and Tabitha are watching from the doorway. Edward is holding one daughter, Tabitha is holding another, and the third is standing between them. The three girls can also be seen during the raid on the village by the creatures. When they are in the cellar, Kitty is holding the baby and the other two are nearby.
Kirsten Dunst was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard after dropping out to star in Elizabethtown (2005).
Director Trade mark (in the film) When they go to the security hut, you will see him in the reflection, but not on the main screen.
Ashton Kutcher was originally cast as Noah but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
The teaser trailer features music by David Julyan from the film Memento (2000).
Alice Hunt tells her son Lucius, played by Joaquin Phoenix, that he reminds her of a colt. In real life, Phoenix was named "The Colt" by Vanity Fair Magazine in 2001.
Both Cherry Jones and Jayne Atkinson have starred on 24 (2001).

Director Trademark 

M. Night Shyamalan:  [camera shot]  Dialogue scenes with long-timed shots in which just one character is seen, while the other one is just off-voice.
M. Night Shyamalan:  [bright colors to signify something important]  The red and yellow cloaks worn by the villagers or the monsters.
M. Night Shyamalan:  [home invasion]  The families hiding in the cellars while "those we do not speak of" go through the house.
M. Night Shyamalan:  [twist ending] 

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Steve Boeddeker, the MPAA gave the film an "R" rating due to a single sound effect, which was later removed. It was the sound of the knife stabbing Lucius. Boeddeker has stated that the scene worked even better without it.
The film has a number of similarities to the young adult book 'Running Out of Time'. The book is about a village where the people who live in it think they're living in the 1800s, when actually its set in the present day. The heroine of the book also goes searching for medical supplies, and the village elders take steps to make sure their children never learn the truth of their world. The book's author, Margaret Peterson Haddix, threatened to sue for plagiarism; M. Night Shyamalan wrote off the similarities as "meritless."
M. Night Shyamalan initially had a different concept for the "those we do not speak of" creatures. They were originally conceived to be monsters similar to the rock drawings featured in the movie trailers: similar to lions walking on their hind feet, complete with shaggy manes. When the creatures were built to full scale and brought on set, Shyamalan felt that the design was completely unbelievable. The creatures were quickly redesigned, most noticeably with the addition of the red cloak.
The newspaper read by the park guy ('M. Night. Shyamalan''s character) towards the end is dated Friday July 30th, 2004, the day the movie came out.
M. Night Shyamalan:  [things reflected]  When Kevin the security guard is getting the medicine from the cabinet, the guard he is talking to is reflected in the glass, the guard is actually writer/director Shyamalan, he is never shown other than this reflection.
On the night the creatures come into the village Ivy tells Lucius that she and Kitty are watching the younger children (their little sisters). Noah is also with them. It is likely that Edward and Tabitha Walker and the Percys were the creatures that night.
M. Night Shyamalan:  [Philadelphia]  The newspaper that Jay the guard (Shyamalan) is reading at the end, is The Philadelphia Inquirer, which proposes the story is set in Philadelphia, as are all other Shyamalan movies.
Although the tombstone reads 1897, it is actually taking place during modern times, as noticed when Ivy climbs outside of the wall. The original villagers probably choose a year that they figured was great for starting a village with intended innocents.

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