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The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  18 July 2008 (USA)
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When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.



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Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker. Written by Peteagassi

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batman Begins 2  »

Box Office


$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$158,411,483 (USA) (18 July 2008)


$533,316,061 (USA) (27 February 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Off-duty Chicago police officers played Gotham police officer extras, along with officers from Elyria, Ohio, Hammond, Indiana, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and Joliet, Illinois. See more »


In the scene that Bruce is taking care of the injury in his arm and Alfred starts to help him, he says: "There were more copycats last night, Alfred, with guns." When he says that, he is looking straight, directly to Alfred. But when Alfred speaks, Bruce is already looking down. This happens several times during this scene. See more »


[first lines]
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Chuckles: Huh, that's it? Three guys?
Grumpy: Plus two guys on the roof. Every guy gets a share. Five shares is plenty.
Chuckles: *Six* shares. Don't forget the guy who planned the job.
Grumpy: He thinks he can sit it out and still take a slice? I know why they call him "The Joker".
Happy: [up on the roof, breaking open the alarm box with Dopey] So why do they call him "the Joker"?
Dopey: I hear he wears makeup.
Happy: Makeup?
Happy: Yeah, to scare people. You know, war ...
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Crazy Credits

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Performed by The Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Police Department
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One of the Best Superhero movies EVER!!!!!!!
15 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw the dark knight about three years ago when I was in the 8th grade. And I was blown away at how beautifully done it was, the camera work, the acting, the story, it all took me by surprise. It is to this day one of the best movies I have ever seen or will see. No other movie can impact you in such an intense way than The Dark Knight. It is a movie worth seeing due to the fact that the workers put so much time and effort into this one film and they did not want to waste money putting up garbage. So Christopher Nolan, thank you for not wasting our time, instead earning our time with this film. To this day I still am anxious to see the movie at home. I recommend it to anyone who likes action movies in general. To anyone who doesn't, don't waste your time write bad reviews about this film.

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