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Watchmen (2009)

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In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Buchanan (as James Micheal Connor)
Mary Ann Burger ...
John Shaw ...


In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. Written by evan murphy

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A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice. See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,243,001 (UK) (6 March 2009)


$107,503,316 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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After its $55.2 million opening weekend, it finally crossed the $100 million mark on its 21st day of release, setting the record of the slowest movie to $100 million after a $50M+ opening (previously held by 8 Mile (2002) [20 days after a $51.2M opening]). The record was broken again two years later by Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) (23 days after $52.6M opening). See more »


When Laurie and Dan talk inside a coffee house, you can see people outside through a circular window. A woman and other people appear and disappear suddenly. See more »


Rorschach: You see, Doctor, God didn't kill that little girl. Fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night he didn't seem to mind. From then on I knew... God doesn't make the world this way. We do.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits themselves often cast shadows in the frame that correspond with the flashes from photographer's bulbs. See more »


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Pruit Igoe & Prophecies
Written by Philip Glass
Performed by Philip Glass Ensemble (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
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The greatest superhero story ever told.
18 August 2010 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

Watchmen turned out to be an engrossing film, one definitely worth seeing. I have to say, I wasn't enthusiastic about watching it at first. It's based on the great graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's widely considered to be the best graphic novel ever. Films adapted form great literary works usually don't turn out well. The film also didn't have a big budget. More money was thrown at making Iron Man (2008) and The Dark Knight (2008), for example. This doesn't matter though because Watchmen surpasses all comic book films in terms of professionalism. Zack Snyder is a good action director. Just watch 300 (2007) for proof. With Watchmen he demonstrated that he is just a good director overall. He works well with actors. The acting in the film is almost universally excellent. Everyone gets to shine. Even Malin Akerman had her moments. Not one character feels like a throwaway. All this is further complimented by the good choices in costumes. No one can deny that the heroes in Watchmen look cool. The CGI is excellent too. Be it Doctor Manhattan or Nite Owl's airship, everything looks just right. Snyder staged some truly impressive dramatic scenes. The use of music is inspired. The score by Tyler Bates is obviously fitting, but the choices in songs may surprise some people. I, however, think that the songs are just right. It was good to hear Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changing" at the beginning and Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" at the end. What made me like the film even more is its cinematography by Larry Fong. The look of each decade was captured perfectly. The 1980s are somewhat dark in the film's alternate reality though. Nuclear war seems close, and society is sick. To all this is added the sweet look that's also present in the graphic novel. There are many images in Watchmen that are memorable, even unforgettable. There are so many interesting details that I couldn't wait to watch the film more than once to pick up what I missed on first viewing. Thankfully, Snyder didn't change the politics and observations of the graphic novel for the film. Some parts are missing but the endeavour is still a thought-provoking two-and-a-half hours. Plus, it has a clear narrative. This is a comic book film for mature audiences. It stands above other comic book films because it's smart and because it tackles some of the most important issues, even mankind's existence. Watchmen was expertly made, there is a lot to like about it. I respect it and I like it more than any other superhero motion picture. It gets a high recommendation from me.

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