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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

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When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World.



(screenplay) (as Jessica Postigo Paquette), (based on the novel by)
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Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cazadores de sombras: Ciudad de hueso  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,336,957 (USA) (23 August 2013)


$31,165,421 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lily Collins was previously a fan of the books. When she found out that a film was being made, she made numerous phone calls to ensure her role as Clary. See more »


While rescuing Simon, Jace's hood goes from up to down to up to down again in one scene. See more »


Jace Wayland: For the record, my hair is naturally blonde.
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »


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Music by Jade Puget, Lyrics by Davey Havok
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This can't be true:(
31 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie the other day and since I'm a big fan of the books I was all so excited to actually be able to see my fantasy on the big screen. But as the movie started playing everything went down the hill. They have changed basic dates which play a big part in the whole story since certain events happen at specific time and they actually change the whole story. With the exception of the funny poetry scene with Erik everything else was.. how can I put it politely? Bad. I couldn't even understand the feelings the characters were supposed to be feeling before they were spoken out loud. In the books there is a certain motive, communication-battle- communication-adventure, so you're able to understand what's going on. But in the movie you just don't get it. The movie itself is a spoiler, it gives way too much information which is supposed to stay hidden because it makes the upcoming story more interesting and breathtaking.

In conclusion, I really think that the books had good potential for becoming a movie without changing everything, which unfortunately happened.

(Read the books, they are amazing. and skip the movie)

Dear Hollywood, make a remake.

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