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Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 15 June 2005 (USA)
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After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Bob Kane (characters), David S. Goyer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Caine ... Alfred
Liam Neeson ... Ducard
Katie Holmes ... Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman ... Jim Gordon
Cillian Murphy ... Dr. Jonathan Crane / The Scarecrow
Tom Wilkinson ... Carmine Falcone
Rutger Hauer ... Earle
Ken Watanabe ... Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Junior ... Flass
Linus Roache ... Thomas Wayne
Morgan Freeman ... Lucius Fox
Larry Holden ... Finch
Gerard Murphy ... Judge Faden
Colin McFarlane ... Loeb
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Storyline

When his parents are killed, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne relocates to Asia, where he is mentored by Henri Ducard and Ra's Al Ghul in how to fight evil. When learning about the plan to wipe out evil in Gotham City by Ducard, Bruce prevents this plan from getting any further and heads back to his home. Back in his original surroundings, Bruce adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt as the icon known as "Batman". But it doesn't stay quiet for long. Written by konstantinwe

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Taglines:

The Legend Begins See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Urdu | Mandarin

Release Date:

15 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman Begins: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,745,440, 19 June 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$206,852,432, 19 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$374,218,673
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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(at around 1 min) The position of tree branches over the water well young Bruce falls in changes. The branches look one way (from the bottom looking up) when Rachel calls down, but it appears to be a different tree when Thomas Wayne lowers himself to rescue Bruce. This may be a deliberate, as the scene is a subjective view of a confusing, traumatic moment, when memory can become unreliable. See more »

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Nolan is the real superhero
22 June 2006 | by marshall_webSee all my reviews

To tell the truth, I thought the Batman franchise could never be saved, and I was really let down that I may never see my favorite superhero in a good movie ever again. Then I saw the preview to Batman Begins, I didn't really know what to think. New Batman. New Alfred. New story. New style. I wasn't sure why I wanted it 'the old way', but maybe I wanted to the actors in the Batman films I grew up with, to revive themselves and make a good Batman movie. I wanted Robin and sadly, Batgirl, alongside Batman saving the world from another familiar villain.

I heard Batman Begins, and I thought great, this was called "Batman" in 1989, selfishly I said, "I want something new!".

But, of course being a big Batman fan, I went opening night to Begings. 2 and half hours later, like the rest of the audience was completely blown away. It was the only movie I had ever been to (and yes I have been to some great ones) where the crowd claps and the end. This was not just golf claps for a popcorn clip, this was a standing ovation for 10:30 pm show in a crowded theater in Austin, Texas.

I never would have thought this would have worked, even with Nolan directing. But I was wrong, so wrong. After seeing the X-Mens and Spidermans, I clearly thought Marvel had the upperhand and DC was just simply trying to keep up, again, so wrong.

Nolan gave us a dark, gritty, and pleasantly realistic, view of Batman. Bale gives a tremendous performance as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Michael Caine was a fabulous Alfred, and Morgan Freeman almost stole the show as Luscious Fox.

Even though X-Men and Spiderman(all of them) are wonderful superhero movies, Batman Begins, is just a good, no, great movie. And I think that is what blew people away, that it wasn't just some superhero, special effect, hero gets girl, good guy wins movie, it was a truly dark and well crafted movie, and it maybe stupid to say, but it didn't even feel like you were watching a superhero movie.

I don't even think Burton, and his animated style(which works), could have revived this troubled series, that Schumaker wrecked, because like Fantastic Four and Daredevil, tried over do it and give us the latter part of things.

So, here is to you Chris Nolan. You saved a franchise. You made an unforgettable movie, that will be remembered as the best superhero movie of all time, but just an all around great and unforgettable movie classic.


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