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Signs (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 August 2002 (USA)
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A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rev. Graham Hess
... Merrill Hess
... Morgan Hess
... Bo Hess
... Officer Paski
... Ray Reddy
... Colleen Hess
... SFC Cunningham
... Tracey Abernathy, the Pharmacist
... Mr. Nathan
... Mrs. Nathan
... Lionel Prichard
Kevin Pires ... Brazilian Birthday Boy
... Columbia University Professor
Rhonda Overby ... Sarah Hughes
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Storyline

Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill lives in a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. After hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family grows suspicious of alien activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape. Written by Radhakrishnan

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Rated PG-13 for some frightening moments | See all certifications »

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2 August 2002 (USA)  »

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M. Night Shyamalan's Signs  »

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Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,117,080, 4 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$227,966,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,247,917
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Trivia

M. Night Shyamalan: [Acting in his own film] See more »

Goofs

When Graham drops the knife in Ray Reddy's house (when the alien lunges at him) the hand that fumbles for the knife wears a skin tight, dark colored sleeve. Graham's jacket in the scene is baggy-sleeved and light colored. See more »

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Caroline: Old Mrs. Kendleman twisted her ankle, as she puts it, diving for her life when a bunch of school kids rode down the sidewalk on skateboards. She went down to Thornton's store this morning and started spitting on the new skateboards. Spitting! By the time I got there, Mrs. Kendlemen had sprayed the whole damn place. And she must have had a cold or something. I'm telling you, I won't eat for a week. So, what happened to your crops?
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In Memory of Bill Nisselson - June 19, 2001 See more »

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Referenced in Phineas and Ferb: Sleepwalk Surprise/Sci-Fi Pie Fly (2008) See more »

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Riveting and clever scarefest reinvents the modern horror film
6 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I have been a horror film fan for 30 years. While I remember a few films actually scaring me as a kid (Jaws, Psycho), I have failed to encounter many in my adult life. I like to be scared, but Hollywood has seen fit to retread every tired formulaic convention in just about everything it throws at the local multiplex. Even the independent filmmakers, free of the "system", seem to forget what FEAR is. Mostly I sit solemnly staring in disbelief at the screen, waiting and hoping to get those goosebumps. Then, finally, we were given Signs. Most will say, including the director, that this is not a horror film; I genuinely disagree. If this is not a horror flick, then it is time for this film to start a branch of its own and begin a new genre. I admired every little aspect of this picture, from the use of everyday objects: baby monitor, a blank television screen and a half empty glass of water, to convey and act as a vehicle to extract fear from the ordinary. Most of all, Shyamalan is an expert craftsman and knows how to get the most out of space, actors and sound. It is the lingering shot on a basement staircase when you are desperately hoping he moves his camera to show us more, or the screeching sound in the next room whose source he won't reveal . This director knows just how long to hold the shot, to increase the tension and build the suspense, long enough for our mind to begin forming pictures. And those pictures can be the most frightening of all. Stay the course Shyamalan.


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