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V for Vendetta (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  17 March 2006 (USA)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Ashborn ...
Emma Field-Rayner ...
Guy Fawkes Lover (as Emma Field Rayner)


Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. Written by ameelmore

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People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

V for Vendetta: The IMAX Experience  »

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,188,058 (UK) (17 March 2006)


$70,496,802 (USA) (23 June 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, huge fans of the original comic series, wrote a draft of the script in the '90s before they worked on The Matrix (1999), which shares several similar themes. See more »


While Evey is preparing for her night with Dietrich, when she stands up to put her dress on, she takes the clips out of her hair that were holding her bangs back. In the next shot, her bangs are pulled back again, and alternate between being pulled back and let down, until they are left forward, when she turns off the TV. See more »


[first lines]
Evey Hammond: [voiceover] Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot... But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still ...
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The character's faces appear alongside the actor's names See more »


References Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) See more »


Out of Sight
Written by Jason Pierce
Performed by Spiritualized
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK & Ireland Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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This is one of the best films I have ever seen...
25 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...I am well aware that my summary line invites several retorts, and given the nature of my comment those retorts may very well be resoundingly, unanimously negative. If I say "This is one of the Best films I have ever seen..." One would think the immediate response would be, "Then you must not have seen many films in your time, dear boy." Butoh I have, and it has been far too long since there has been something up on that screen in the darkened theater that I enter to leave this boring, monotonous existence that had the capacity to inspire. To see the possibilities of what might be, what could never be, and what could happen if the leaders of the world keep things going in the directions that they are headed. V For Vendetta is just a film, yes? But it is also a wake up call of which there are not enough in this time we live in. It speaks directly to the hardship that we endure but seldom take notice of because we are distracted by things that do not matter...upon leaving the theater I saw people, teenagers mostly, the very people who should be pro-actively questioning the methodical erosion of this thing called government in the modern age, react with complete apathy. Most try so hard to be so outwardly different from the rest that they do not realize that in doing this they become just like everyone else; oblivious. We as a society do not want to see films like this, we do not want to acknowledge the atrocities going on in the world, all we want to do is play our video games, watch reality television, spend our money on clothes, jewelry, entertainment. Things that for all intents and purposes we do not need. These are the distractions that keep society from pondering in the wee hours of the night what they can do to prevent true injustice. The evils committed by those that govern are far worse than any fiction the cinema can dazzle us with these days. Yes this is a truly great film and one that I will cherish for a long time. I can only hope that its message finds a wide audience that is open to seeing things from another perspective, in a uniquely human light. In the end that is what the film is about...being human. Having the capacity to choose weather or not to recognize the evils of society and take a stand to make things better than they are. The film of course takes this idea to extremes but for the viewing public dramatic examples are needed to awake them from this artificially induced state of being we call existence and say, "I see there is wrong, and it is my duty as a human being to do what I can to make it right." To the makers of this unique and wonderful film, I salute you.

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