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District 9 (2009)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  14 August 2009 (USA)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvaine Strike ...
Elizabeth Mkandawie ...
Greg Melvill-Smith ...
Morena Busa Sesatsa ...
Themba Nkosi ...
Mzwandile Nqoba ...
Barry Strydom ...
Louis Minnaar ...


In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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MNU spreads lies. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sector 9  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,354,308 (USA) (14 August 2009)


$115,646,235 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie marks the first appearance of the Denel NTW-20 anti-materiel rifle in a film. It's the large sniper rifle used during the final shootout. See more »


When the mothership activates, the Mecha suit performs an automatic defense program to protect Wikas who is now shown as a "Prawn". However, when Christopher is also under attack just a few moments later the suit does nothing. See more »


Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist: [about Nigerian scams on the Prawns] ... where they sold cat food to the aliens for exorbitant prices.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are back to front, with the actors names on the left and character names on the right. As opposed to most films where its the other way round. See more »


Performed by Zola
Written by Zola (as Bonginkosi Dlamini), Kabelo Ikaneng and Thabiso Tsotetsi
Courtesy of Ghetto Ruff Records
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User Reviews

Not what I expected
10 August 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I attended a promotional screening for this with a pretty good attitude towards all the hype that surrounded it. It was not what I expected, it was much better.

Not only were the CGI top notch, but the narrative is driven through a believable plot. Watching this film made me believe that a situation as such had occurred on Earth, and therefore the far fetched notion of an extra terrestrial race visiting us becomes so close to a reality through a story that is so realistically depicted.

District 9 is a beautifully crafted film which shows signs of great promise for being around for a while, a subject talked about by many people. Can't wait to watch this again with my friends = )

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