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The Great Wall (2016)

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European mercenaries searching for black powder become embroiled in the defense of the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xuan Huang ...
Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Emperor (as Junkai Wang)


When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Written by Watch_Movies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One of mankind's greatest wonders. 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,469,620, 19 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

| (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| (Dolby Atmos)| (IMAX 12 track)| | | | (DTS: X)


Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bryan Cranston was in early talks for the role of Ballard. See more »


Only one magnetic stone, which can pacify the Taotie, appeared in the movie. The stone was brought in by William the European mercenary. In reality, Chinese civilization first made compasses from magnetic stones in Han dynasty (< AD100). By the time point of the movie (somewhen between AD960 and AD1127), the compass had been widely used in navigation. It shouldn't be hard to find more magnetic stones inside China. See more »


Ballard: [about William and Lin] He should be careful, she's very powerful here.
Tovar: Then it's a fair contest.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are a montage of Chinese watercolor paintings depicting scenes/characters from the film. See more »


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Bridge of Fate
Vocal by Leehom Wang, Tan Wei Wei
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
Music by Leehom Wang
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Good Story, lots of action
30 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

From the description I read of the movie, it sounded kind of strange and I wasn't sure it was something I really wanted to watch. I'm glad I did. It's an old legend or story. Is it real? I don't know, is Santa Claus real? Does it matter if it is true or accurate? Not to me, it is a well written movie with some incredible action. The visuals are stunning to say the least. The costumes are incredible and I am very happy that most of the movie wasn't filmed in the dark which seems to have become the habit of Hollywood these past few years.

It is sad to see Matt Damon growing old but he still did a great job, I wonder how long he's going to be able to keep up doing physically demanding roles. If I am totally honest I would have liked the movie with a younger man in the lead role, that would have been a little more believable to me.

I totally recommend this movie, it has fantasy, action a tiny bit of romance so your girl can appreciate it, most of all it raises a lot of emotion. There were several times during the movie I was on the edge of my seat holding my breath anticipating the next moment.

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