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Dogville (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 23 April 2004 (USA)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado community in exchange for labor, but when a search visits the town she finds out that their support has a price.

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)

Writer:

Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Grace Margaret Mulligan
Harriet Andersson ... Gloria
Lauren Bacall ... Ma Ginger
Jean-Marc Barr ... The Man with the Big Hat
Paul Bettany ... Tom Edison
Blair Brown ... Mrs. Henson
James Caan ... The Big Man
Patricia Clarkson ... Vera
Jeremy Davies ... Bill Henson
Ben Gazzara ... Jack McKay
Philip Baker Hall ... Tom Edison Sr.
Thom Hoffman ... Gangster
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Martha
John Hurt ... Narrator (voice)
Zeljko Ivanek ... Ben
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Storyline

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace (Nicole Kidman), arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom (Paul Bettany), the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. Written by Neil Hillman.

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A quiet little town not far from here.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Paul Bettany, who only took the part of Tom Edison after being convinced by friend Stellan Skarsgård, later called the making of this movie "hideous" and "a peculiarly unsatisfying experience, because Lars von Trier has no interest in you being any part of the cerebral process with him. You're absolutely his puppet." Despite still being a fan of von Trier's movies in general, Bettany has never watched this movie, and has no intention of ever doing so. See more »

Goofs

Jack refers to the steeple casting a shadow which touches the O of the store's open sign at exactly 5 PM each day. This would actually only occur on a few days each year, as the lengths and positions of shadows are constantly changing through the seasons. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is the sad tale of the township of Dogville. Dogville was in the Rocky Mountains in the US of A, up here where the road came to its definitive end, near the entrance to the old abandoned silver mine. The residents of Dogville were good honest folks, and they liked their township. And while a sentimental soul from the East Coast had once dubbed their main street Elm Street, though no elm had ever cast its shadow in Dogville, they saw no reason to change anything. Most of the ...
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits play over photographs depicting crime and poverty in the United States. See more »

Alternate Versions

To fit the needs of some local distributors, in Italy among others, assistant director Anders Refn cut a version of Dogville which is about 45 minutes shorter than the original. The version was accepted and approved by director Lars von Trier. See more »

Connections

Referenced in From Dogma to Dogville: Don't Try This at Home (2006) See more »

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A lyric movie about society
11 November 2004 | by ale82pineappleSee all my reviews

This movie is not the best I've ever seen, and probably not as good as "Breaking the Waves". But I left the theatre astonished, shocked, sad, confused, and a bit angry with the director, for being so cruel (and true?) in portraying human behaviour with vulnerable people, for using no props, for forcing me to watch the characters in their eyes and facial expressions 'cause there was nothing to draw my attention away. But this movie deserves to be seen, because that's what an artist is supposed to do, to share a bit of his thoughts and views, without giving answers, but arousing emotions and questions: and it has probably more right to be than other blockbuster movies sold by studios with nothing but what people like to see in it.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Film 'Dogville' as Told in Nine Chapters and a Prologue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,855, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$1,535,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,689,283
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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