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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 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.

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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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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

Lauren Bacall plays Ma Ginger in this film. Two years later she appeared in another Lars von Trier film, Manderlay (2005), in the role of Mam. See more »

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

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References Last Summer (1969) See more »

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Are you shivering after seeing Dogville? I am.
30 November 2009 | by honorhorrorSee all my reviews

This is probably the most shocking movie experience I've ever had, not only because of the emotional impact, but because this is truly a moral-horror movie that slapped me in the face.

The film is probably one of the best moral tales ever told, in which Nicole Kidman and all the supporting cast shined. Why did the makers try to make it look incomplete? Why haven't they used more sophisticated production set rather than some made-believe structures directly exposing the film studio's interior environment to you? I didn't get it at first, thinking this might just be another pretending piece of crap that tried to be "artistic".

However as the story proceeded, the whole thing started to make senses. Featuring some of the best character study I've ever seen, the story involved you into the adventure of Grace, the main protagonist who's supposed to be despised by us logically and naturally. Then, the audiences were forced into a game that the filmmakers keep you guessing what would happen the next, until the very end.

The ending, in my opinion, is the most shocking and frightening ending ever seen in a film. Dogville is by no means marketed as a horror movie, but if one believes himself/herself to have the moral high ground, he or she should stand the test the movie has given us. For me, I chose to live with all the miseries happened to Grace and play along just like every other character in the story, "sh!t happens" as they say. This, has not only put me in shame but also freaked me out at the end. Considering the potential spoilers I would caused, I'd suggest you go see it for yourself.

With superb acting, very well plotted story and a shocking message for senseless societies, Dogville is easily a masterpiece.


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