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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 98360 delivered on 8 October 2004. 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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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see pictures of the village. See more »

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User Reviews

A cinema study in truth
30 March 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

Night channeling Hitchcock in this study of cinema truth, here he crams the tiniest mechanics inside even smaller frames, while his contemporaries move bigger and wider. Look how there is no horror but it has the frightening beats of music. What is the film scared of exactly? People going around in costumes? Look how it's the 1890s and 1990s at the same time. All these multiple love stories going on bringing this clash of truths in the micro and macro. Bryce's inviting human eyes, playing the same function as Story, she serves as the invitation into the artist's mind via humanism and sincerity, perfect with those folky flutes. I like all the rules as well. Don't go past the sticks. Don't use the color red. Don't say the name. Often his films are providing we the audience rules for what we're seeing, meaning here it's his characters watching the film, not us.

Now if really wanted to mess with us, he could have left some of it ambiguous so that you would walk away debating which reality is true, what era was the right one, which rules were to be followed. Though for 2004 being Bush era, the new village would be relevant for the Trump age of 'truth'. He would've added other villages; the experiment on one being losses, another maybe being failure. Expand algebra into calculus. My favorite were the magic stones as it's such a nonsense last ditch effort to hold onto the lie. Then the unraveling of the compound seems inevitable. Noah's mother will break. Questions will be asked. Lies cannot last. Lastly of interest, the photos being the twist reveal rather than the car; again the Hitchcock nod of the recorded form exposing as the camera in Rear Window stopping the villain. Better the box, like those boxes 35mm film prints are carried in.


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