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Watchmen (2009)

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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
... Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
... Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
... Rorschach
... Edward Blake / Comedian
... Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl
... Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
... Moloch
... Hollis Mason
... Janey Slater
... Wally Weaver
... John McLaughlin
... Pat Buchanan (as James Micheal Connor)
Mary Ann Burger ... Eleanor Clift
John Shaw ... Doug Roth
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In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. Written by evan murphy

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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6 March 2009 (USA)  »

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Watchmen: The IMAX Experience  »

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,214,334, 8 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,509,799, 28 May 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,258,983
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Moloch has a copy of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" on his bedside table. In this poem, the word "moloch" appears several times. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie, Hollis Mason (first Nite Owl) is listing his fellow Minutemen, but forgets to mention the Silhouette. See more »

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Big Figure: He's dead, Rorschach. While everyone's distracted, we thought we'd bring you a little housewarming gift. Something from the machine shop.
Fat Thug: Hey, Boss, you notice? None of that "small world, tall order" crap, cause he knows once we slice open his lock, he's next on the block.
Rorschach: Fat chance.
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Gerard Butler is given second opening credit in the Ultimate Edition (on the fuselage of the airplane in the montage), due to him playing the part of the pirate in the 'Tales of the Black Freighter' segments. See more »

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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011) See more »

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Prophecies
Written by Philip Glass
Performed by Philip Glass Ensemble (as The Philip Glass Ensemble)
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Compelling, exciting and original
27 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

It is 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term as US president and the world stands on the brink of destruction as the world's two superpowers vie for nuclear supremacy. The only thing stopping the USSR from launching a doomsday attack is America's Dr Manhattan – a being with enough power to destroy planets and much else besides.

Wow! I was lucky enough to watch this at a preview screening in London last night and came to the film with little knowledge about what to expect. Having seen the posters around the place and perhaps catching one or two of the trailers I was expecting something akin to another "X-Men" movie (which frankly I've never found particularly interesting). However, it was a very pleasant surprise to find that Zack Snyder has served up something entirely fresh and quite dazzling. Watchmen takes the well-worn superhero format and turns it on its head. As you would expect from a movie of this genre you get a tale of attempted world domination by evil baddies, good guys wearing latex costumes, fistfuls of action and spectacular special effects. What you would not expect is to have this interwoven with eye-watering violence (a scene where one particularly nasty bad guy gets a meat cleaver brought down on his forehead being one example), full frontal male nudity (albeit computer generated) and rampant satire. The US political system, military posturing and blind patriotism are all given a bit of a roasting by David Hayter and Alex Tse's script. Add to this a host of compelling performances, notably Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach and Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, and you have an exceptional cinematic experience.

Watchmen is no ordinary superhero movie and likely to manage the difficult feat of satisfying both the fan-boys and the uninitiated punters (like myself). Its success means it must be highly likely that there will be a sequel – if not several. Catch this early if you can and be one of the first to witness that rarefied thing in cinema – something beautiful, exciting and original.


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