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Dogville (2003)

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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)
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Cast

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, 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, 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A quiet little town not far from here.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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:

DKK 83,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$661,452 (France), 23 May 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,855, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,530,386, 13 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,604,712, 14 December 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Voted the best Danish film of the millennium in a vote among Danish film professionals (Soundvenue magazine, 2017). See more »

Goofs

When Jack McKay admits that he is blind, he says "In Switzerland they call it the Alpengulen." It's in fact called Alpenglühen. 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

An official Danish, Swedish, British, French, German and Dutch co-production in accordance with the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

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Featured in Filmbyen, la nouvelle Mecque du cinéma? (2007) See more »

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Young Americans
Written and Performed by David Bowie
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Published by Chrysalis Music Limited / EMI Music Publishing Limited / RZO Music Limited
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What I got myself into...an unbelievable film.
8 January 2005 | by obscure105See all my reviews

When I went into the movie theater to see this film I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that "Dogville" had Nicole Kidman in it- an actress I have always liked- and Lars von Trier, a director I have always respected. I was quickly surprised by what the film was. Set entirely on a stage/sound stage I couldn't believe my eyes. As a theatre actor it was exciting to see how this all was going to work out. Dogville did not disappoint. Lars von Trier clearly creates a town that may seen ordinary and odd into masterful. Nicole Kidman was excellent and the supporting cast was flawless. It was great to see Lauren Bacall and I enjoyed her performance. When I first saw Paul Beattany in the film all I could think of was the awful film "A Knight's Tale" that he is also in. However he proved me wrong in his well developed character. Patricia Clarkson was great in her role as Vera, she is a stunning actress. If she keeps getting these great roles an Oscar is sure to be in her future. The film on the whole is wonderful. My only complaint was the length. Around the 2 hour mark I was getting kind of antsy, but the film brought me back to finish the roller coaster ride that the film gave. Truly an original. Go see it.


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