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The Village (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 30 July 2004 (USA)
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A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Ivy Walker
Joaquin Phoenix ... Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody ... Noah Percy
William Hurt ... Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver ... Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson ... August Nicholson
Cherry Jones ... Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston ... Vivian Percy
John Christopher Jones John Christopher Jones ... Robert Percy
Frank Collison ... Victor
Jayne Atkinson ... Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer ... Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz ... Christop Crane
Michael Pitt ... Finton Coin
Jesse Eisenberg ... Jamison
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Storyline

M Night Shyamalan's The Village revolves around a desolate town in Pennsylvania. The residents of this town live by strict rules - They are not to leave the village or the monsters beyond their boundaries will surely attack them. Lucius and Ivy have an attraction - a strong one. But when Noah - a man with an intellectual disability and who also has feelings for Ivy, finds out that the two are In love, Noah attacks Lucius. He will die if brave Ivy (who is blind) does not breach the borders and find help to save Lucius. Written by Erin Foster

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Taglines:

I: Let the bad color not be seen. It attracts them. II: Never enter the woods. That is where they wait. III: Heed the warning bell, for they are coming. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M. Night Shyamalan's The Village See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,746,142, 1 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$114,197,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,697,520
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DTS | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sigourney Weaver suffered nightmares for two weeks after reading the script. See more »

Goofs

The film misunderstands how "no fly zones" work in the United States.

While there are areas which have heavily restricted flight patterns, there are almost no areas which have complete bans on overflight. These areas are almost exclusively the ones used or occupied by the President of the United States or which have national security interests.And even those areas will allow military and emergency overflights if they are required by need.

It would be virtually impossible to purchase the right for not only civilian aircraft, but also military ones to not overfly a particular region. Even if it were possible to do so, aircraft would still have to be allowed to fly NEAR such locations as not doing doing could itself create navigational hazards which could endanger them.

And finally, while restricted overflight areas DO exist, they are often subject to accidental and intentional overflights by civilian pilots. Unless there is a squadron or wing of aircraft prepared to challenge the aircraft or the facility has anti-aircraft defenses, there is no way that overflights could be prevented or even seriously discouraged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
August Nicholson: Who'll pinch me to wake me up? Who will laugh at me when I fall? Whose breath will I listen for so that I may sleep? Whose hand will I hold so that I may walk?
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During the end credits we see pictures of the village. See more »

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a very underrated movie
9 November 2004 | by baba44713See all my reviews

I like clever movies, and I like scary movies. And because of my disposition I already spent money on two very awful movies that came from Hollywood this year: abysmal "Godsend" and at first glance promising but ultimately stupid and disappointing "The Forgotten".

That's why I proceeded with care to the latest Shyamalan's work: "The village". The trailer looked promising: a desolate turn-of-the-last-century village, sorrounded by the forest in which some horrible creatures live. Promising, but being careful lately, I first checked around the net...and was amazed to see a big load of negative reviews. Roger Ebert for instance, whose opinion I usually respect, gave it a horribly low grade! Great.

Nevertheless, I chose to see it, and I must say was quite pleasantly surprised. Here, ladies and gentlemen, you have a very nicely shot, atmospheric thriller with great cast, good story and a few finishing touches of Shyamalan's cleverness (which could be simply called brilliant when compared with the latest scripts that the Hollywood vomits over its audience!).

Why the lousy reviews? Well, there are basically two kinds of people that will want to see this movie: first the horror fans, who will expect a gruesome and chilling and potentially bloody tale, and the puzzle-movie fans, who are more or less not interested in the movie itself, but in "solving the latest Shyamalan's puzzle" of what the movie is all about.

The horror crowd will be disappointed. There are scares in this movie, but way too much characterization and drama for their taste. As for the other crowd, well people, the twist is there, but this time it's very guessable (although Shyamalan still has some tricks up his sleeve, as you'll see).

It seems that Shyamalan will always live in the shadow of his masterpiece "The 6th sense". People still remember getting their socks knocked off with its powerful ending, and keep expecting that to happen again with every following movie. What's worse, Hollywood realized that the twists are trendy, so lately we have lots of movies with a final twist, most of which are stupid/cheap/illogical. People today set their expectations too damn high, especially if they see Shyamalan's name at the movie poster.

This movie is great. The atmosphere is great, the cast is fantastic, and what I mostly love about it, it's clever. It's logical. And whatever you say about it, it's CONSISTENT. Compared to the other Hollywood crap we are getting served lately, this is a VERY good movie.

Watch this, but not as a puzzle, but as a great movie in itself.

Well, just my 2 cents.


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