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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

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Jason Bermingham ...
Driver #1
Eduardo Semerjian ...
Concerned Pedestrian #1
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Thief
Ciça Meirelles ...
Driver #2
Antônio Fragoso ...
Concerned Pedestrian #2
Lilian Blanc ...
Concerned Pedestrian #3
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Onlooker #1
Daniel Zettel ...
Onlooker #2
Yoshino Kimura ...
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Taxi Driver
Susan Coyne ...
Receptionist
Fabiana Gugli ...
Mother of the Boy
Mitchell Nye ...
Boy
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A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Written by Festival de Cannes' Editor

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Rated R for violence including sexual assaults, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Ceguera  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,950,260 (USA) (3 October 2008)

Gross:

$3,073,392 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, the author of the novel upon which the film is based, wanted to attend the premiere of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. His doctors didn't allow him to travel, so the director flew to Lisbon to show him the film. See more »

Goofs

When the first blind man arrives home, he says he lives on the 14th floor. After his wife arrives you can see some trees through the kitchen window. Those trees should not be there. See more »

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[first lines]
First Blind Man: I'm blind.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.141 (2009) See more »

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I Just Called to Say I Love You
Written by Stevie Wonder
Used by permission of Black Bull Music
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Performed by Gael García Bernal
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Decent adaptation that's just not as powerful as the book
25 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I adored the book, it was both powerful and thought-provoking. The adaptation is fairly decent but I just didn't like it as much. It was gritty, well filmed but I expected more, way more. The movie felt somewhat censored to me for lack of a better term. I do give credit to the director for the clever way his characters go blind and his plays on light. The plot is interesting and mysterious making you wonder what is happening and how you would react to certain situations. Julianne Moore gave a restrained quality performance and the rest of the international cast was OK but not outstanding. I think it's another case where I should have watched the film before reading the book.

Rating: 7 out of 10


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