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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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Zack Snyder

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malin Akerman ... Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
Billy Crudup ... Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
Matthew Goode ... Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley ... Rorschach
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Edward Blake / Comedian
Patrick Wilson ... Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl
Carla Gugino ... Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
Matt Frewer ... Moloch
Stephen McHattie ... Hollis Mason
Laura Mennell ... Janey Slater
Rob LaBelle ... Wally Weaver
Gary Houston ... John McLaughlin
James M. Connor ... Pat Buchanan (as James Micheal Connor)
Mary Ann Burger Mary Ann Burger ... Eleanor Clift
John Shaw ... Doug Roth
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Storyline

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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A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Watchmen: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

Seven million dollars had already been spent on Watchmen (2009) in pre-production before the project came to Zack Snyder. See more »

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While it seems a continuity mistake, we can hear the bald thug drop his rotary saw, and the other thug pick it up all in the shot where he grabs the bars. See more »

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Jon Osterman: Will you smile? If I admit I was wrong?
Laurie Juspeczyk: About what?
Jon Osterman: Miracles. Events with astronomical odds of occurring, like oxygen turning into gold. I've longed to witness such an event, and yet I neglect that in human coupling, millions upon millions of cells compete to create life, for generation after generation until, finally, your mother loves a man, Edward Blake, the Comedian, a man she has every reason to hate, and out of that contradiction, against unfathomable odds, it's you - only you - that ...
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The Director's Cut is 20 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version. Differences:
  • While Rorschach is in The Comedian's apartment, two uninformed cops enter to investigate noises.
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First We Take Manhattan
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
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Compelling, exciting and original
27 February 2009 | by chancellorvalorumSee 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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