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District 9 (2009)

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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 ...
Dr Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie ...
Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
Dirk Michaels
Greg Melvill-Smith ...
Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Morena Busa Sesatsa ...
Themba Nkosi ...
Mzwandile Nqoba ...
Barry Strydom ...
Piet Smit


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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alien | prawn | africa | ghetto | refugee | See All (245) »


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 USA:

$37,354,308, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

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Did You Know?


Several Afrikaans curse words can be heard throughout the film, including "doos" or "poes" (both of which are slang terms for a vagina), fok/fokken (which means "f**k/f**king"), and "bliksem," which has a variation of meanings. "Bliksem" means "to hit" or just "hit," as in "ek sal jou bliksem" means "I will hit you." It can also be used as a derogatory term when referring to a person or as a derogatory adjective when used to describe a person or object. "Daai bliksemse prawn" would roughly translate to "That damn prawn." Also, at some point, a sniper says, "Kom na pappa toe," which translates to "Come to daddy." See more »


If the fluid is all they needed to escape, why not use the fluid from the robot? It is controlled by electronics. We can even see the fluid dripping from the robot, when it is destroyed. And even if they have not any robots left, but the one at the Nigerians, killing the Nigerians, would be much easier then breaking in at MNU. See more »


Fundiswa Mhlanga: [about Wikus Van de Merwe] He was an honest man, and he didn't deserve any of what happened to him.
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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 »


Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Daybreakers (2010) 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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Incredibly Intelligent and Moving
12 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

What Peter Jackson does with this movie is incredible! I was a little uneasy at the beginning of the movie, thinking it was leaning more towards cheesy sci-fi--and then, out of nowhere, the heart of the story began and I found myself completely sucked in. The movie has a lot of different elements that make it work. I think the way Peter Jackson messes with the idea of empathy is genius. I fought with myself through the movie, trying to decide what emotions to feel--or what emotions were "right" to feel. This movie messes with you in a very powerful way. It is, in a lot of ways, very disturbing--and yet, in the same way, powerfully moving. Perhaps, even possibly...beautiful? You decide. It's a must see.

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