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The Purge (2013)

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In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.



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Dana Bunch ...
Mr. Ferrin
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Female Freak


In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Reminder all emergency services will be suspended for a 12-hour period during the purge. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vigilandia  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,058,360 (USA) (7 June 2013)


$64,423,650 (USA) (2 August 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the very beginning of the movie, when James Sandin arrives home, he says, "Home again, home again, jiggety-jig." This is from the opening of an old nursery rhyme, "To market, to market, to buy a fat pig/Home again, home again, jiggety-jig." See more »


When James Sandin picks up a billiards ball to hit the purger with, it is yellow, however, when the ball makes contact with the purger's head in the next shot, it is red. See more »


James Sandin: We're gonna make it through tonight and everything's going to be okay.
Zoey Sandin: Nothing is ever going to be okay again dad.
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References Star Trek: The Return of the Archons (1967) See more »


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Written by B.C. Hilliam
Performed by Mr. Flotsam and Mr. Jetsam
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Published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
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16 October 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

America—the near future: the annual 'Purge'—a 12-hour period where all crime is legalised—turns into a nightmare for a wealthy family who had hoped to spend the time in the safety of their heavily fortified home.

The Purge has been the victim of a lot of negativity, but I found it to be a well-executed thriller with a satirical edge that deliberately adopts a far-fetched premise in order to take a pop at the USA's culture of violence, its undercurrent of racism and a legal system that favours the rich.

I imagine that much of the hate comes from Americans who simply don't like the messages the film so effectively illustrates—an understandable reaction, perhaps, but sometimes its good to take a long hard look in the mirror, and if you don't like what you see, do something to make a change.

On a more shallow note, the action was suitably hard-hitting, with the snooker room fight being particularly bad-ass, and both Lena Headey and Zoey Sandin are total babes.

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