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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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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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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?


District 9 (2009) is adapted from Neill Blomkamp's earlier short movie, Alive in Joburg (2005). See more »


After Wikus escapes from the bio lab, he is seen removing his clothing including what appear to be a pair of espadrilles. After stealing replacement clothing, his new footwear are exactly the same as those he wore during the eviction scenes. See more »


Wikus Van De Merwe: [Comes into his house with the lights turned off, talking to his wife] I think I crapped my pants
[Lights turn on and people yell surpise]
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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 »


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Performed by Zulu Mobb
Written by Rahman Du Plessis, Thato Mahlatsi and Desmond Mbuyiseni
Courtesy of Uthoht Music by arrangement with pigFACTORY USA LLC.
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User Reviews

I just watched Avatar and yet...
24 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I have just watched Avatar yesterday and it completely blew my mind. The visuals were stunning and I thought it was one of the greatest movies to have been ever made.

I am still in the Avatar euphoria, yet, yet, YET, this movie re-composed my mind, only to blow it away yet again. The only difference is that it blew it away more absolutely than Avatar did.

If you are not into the Alien, Science Fiction, Creature, Documentary stuff the off chance is that you might not like it. I say off chance because so far there is only two people who I think will not care for it much - my father and my sister, but all the others, the movie will make converts of.

This is how direction should be. This is how pacing should be. This is how humor should be woven into drama. This is how the sound track should be. This is Science Fiction at its best yet! Come to think of it, I have been visiting IMDb even since it came on, and this movie actually made me register and write a review.

By Zarquon, this is the proverbial it.

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