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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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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 104 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Elizabeth Mkandawie ...
Greg Melvill-Smith ...
Morena Busa Sesatsa ...
Themba Nkosi ...
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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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No humans allowed. See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


The mutilated animal carcasses in the background of many scenes were real and, with only a few exceptions, were already in the real slums and shacks used for the filming. See more »


Everyone has modern mobile phones. However, the movie is not actually set in the 1980s. This is the date of the aliens' arrival. The events of the film are approximately 20+ years later, and on-screen date stamps put the movie explicitly in the year 2010. See more »


Wikus Van De Merwe: [examining and fiddling with the lid of the Prawns' fuel] ... but, it's uh, not a weapon... but I don't trust it, I don't trust any-a the -
[sprayed in face with the Prawns' fuel]
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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 The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010) See more »


Performed by Molemi
Written by Motlapele Morule
Courtesy of 3rd Element Entertainment
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User Reviews

This should not be missed!
10 August 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Just got home from a preview of District 9. We had seen the previews and were intrigued to see just what the film would be like.

The film style was very much documentary like with lots of sound byte style comments settings the scenes and giving commentary all through the film. These in my opinion took it from being what could have been just another "aliens vs humans" film and elevated into the realms of social commentary. The aliens are presented almost as animals yet you rapidly start to sympathize with them and tune into their desperation.

If it wasn't for the alien space ship in the background and the poor being alien in every sense, you would think this was a movie about any slum and the people who prey on the inhabitants.

Like other films which cover the worst that humans can do, there is a brutal violence present and the directory has not shied away from depicting it. This is not a film you want to watch after a big meal. Just ask my girlfriend. She thought she would have to leave half way through.

In all, this is a film we worth every cent to see. Right up until the end you are never sure what's going to happen next. The characters are believable and the style of the film just adds to it. This could have happened, and in fact may happen.

For a first effort, Neill Blomkamp has created one of the best SciFi for a while, his future work will be well worth paying attention to.

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