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The Village (2004)

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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 & 21 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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Details

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:

Centerville, Delaware, USA See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Hurt and Jayne Atkinson would later appear in Syriana (2005). See more »

Goofs

After Ivy falls in the hole she puts the things she is carrying very near the hole, at the edge. When she is climbing out, the things have disappeared from the edge, and once she is out, they are a few meters from the hole. 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

Those We Don't Speak Of - Joey Anaya and Kevin Foster See more »

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Featured in Inside 'The Village': A Movie Special (2004) See more »

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Extremely Underrated (NO SPOILERS)
16 October 2004 | by dog_bites_backSee all my reviews

M. Night Shyamalan definitely did himself a disservice in releasing "The Sixth Sense". Brilliant as the film was, its "twist" ending was so powerful that audiences the world over expected nothing less from the talented young director. And so, Shyamalan has been trying with every single outing since to recapture that sense of awe.

Although many have made scathing remarks about the ending of "The Village", it is perhaps his most perfect since "The Sixth Sense"; though by no means a huge surprise, it nevertheless settles into the ambiance and leaves the film with a tinge of melancholy that belies the trailers.

It is a film of startling imagery, with a theme of 9/11-inspired innocence versus corruption that creeps into the mind and stays there until it unfolds over and over again. Many have called the acting "wooden", but a second viewing of the film would change that opinion; it is, after all, part of the point. Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron's daughter) lights up the screen in an astounding premiere performance as the blind Ivy, Adrien Brody delivers a searing portrayal of longing as the dim-witted Noah and Joaquin Phoenix heightens the moody tone with his strong, silent-type Lucius. "The Village" is about these people, this community living in fear, not the monsters of which they have been warned; it is about the psychology of fear rather than a horrific portrayal of it.

It must be said that the only thing wrong with "The Village" was the promotion for it. The adverts made it seem like a thrill-ride of Gothic horror, like the scariest film yet to be filmed - and audiences were running in their droves to catch yet another Shyamalan Twist. Instead of investing their emotions in the characters, viewers kept their distance in the knowledge that they would be hoodwinked, that the entire thing was a set-up to catch them out anyway. Wrong as this is, it was ultimately the undoing of the movie; had it been promoted as a thoughtful, stark, moody piece of film-making, then both the critics and the public would have been satisfied.

This is not a film about The Twist Ending, but about wrapping its beauty around your mind, and the quiet, haunting finale is what helps to keep it there.


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