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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 Lives On! (Limited Edition DVD Gift Set Release) 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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Folletto!...Folletto!
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Batman has truly begun!
13 April 2006 | by daniel-johnstonSee all my reviews

To start off this review I'd like to go back to the original batman series. Adam West hammed it up in what has to be the campest yet enjoyable version of batman. It was cheesy, it had the POW, WHACK, KABOOM, very very tongue-in-cheek which, brings me to my next point, is what batman eventually became. Batman, featuring Michael Keaton was a good film, keaton was a good batman, he portrayed the dark knight to a whole new army of fans, a darker batman, less camp, plus with a villain such as Jack Nicholson (turning in another great performance) as the Joker it was win win. Where from there? A sequel, Keaton yet again, Batman Returns, not as good as its predecessor but still a thoroughly enjoyable film with the villains being Penguin (Devito) and Catwoman (Pfeiffer) adding something different to the batman series. All is going well, then things start to go sour. Keaton is gone and in comes Kilmer who has to be the most wooden Batman ever, in come the clichés, the tongue in cheek one-liners and so on but Batman still has some credibility until, dare I mention it, Batman & Robin. This ruined the Batman series with Clooney just being the eye-candy for the ladies, the addition of Batgirl (oh dear Lord) and the villains just coming out with the most tongue-in-cheek one liners ever, example Mr Freeze "You're not sending me to the cooler", wrong, oh so wrong. Something had to be done and this was Batman Begins. This film rescues the Batman series single-handedly, it's a shame it didn't start off this way as it might not of died on it's rear. Bale is an inspired choice as Batman bringing a more serious side to Batman, the story is well paced, it's not all talk or just mind-numbing action, it actually keeps you gripped as you want to find more about Bruce Wayne's past. The only reason it misses out on a 10 is the quite pitiful bad guy scarecrow If you've not seen it I don't want to give too much away about the story but throw away all your perceptions about Batman because Batman is back and Batman has truly begun. D-man.


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