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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.

Director:

Zack Snyder

Writers:

David Hayter (screenplay), Alex Tse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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

It's 1985 in an alternate reality. The Watchmen - comprised of the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl II, Ozymandias, Rorschach and Silk Spectre II - are a disparate band of masked superheroes, modeled after the Minutemen, who were masked superheroes of a generation earlier, most of who are dead or afflicted by the ravages of life. The Comedian belongs to both groups. Despite the activities of the Watchmen leading to the west winning the Vietnam War which in turn has kept Richard Nixon in the White House, Nixon has now outlawed masks, resulting in the Watchmen disbanding and going into retirement, most hiding their Watchmen past under their human identities. However, the Comedian, in his human persona of Eddie Blake, and Dr. Manhattan - former physicist Jon Osterman who obtained his superhero powers through a scientific accident which almost killed him - now work for the government. Dr. Manhattan's powers in particular have kept a watch over nuclear proliferation, as he is able to stop... Written by Huggo

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The existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

(at around 30 mins) When Dan and Laurie are having dinner, you can hear someone in the background say "I'm glad I ordered the four-legged chicken!" In the corresponding scene in the original graphic novel, there is an image of a waiter carrying a four-legged chicken. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) When Laurie and Dan talk inside a coffee house, you can see people outside through a circular window. A woman and other people appear and disappear suddenly. See more »

Quotes

Aggressive Hooker: [to Rorschach] Fuck you! I make more in a week and this day of the year, you fucking hobo! FUCK YOU!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits themselves often cast shadows in the frame that correspond with the flashes from photographer's bulbs. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut is 20 minutes longer than the Theatrical Version. Differences:
  • While Rorschach is in The Comedian's apartment, two uniformed cops enter to investigate noises.
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Connections

Referenced in Fallout: New Vegas (2010) See more »

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Written and Performed by Dominic Frontiere
Courtesy of Overture Enterprises Inc.
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10 years later
27 December 2020 | by TuranicSee all my reviews

Some time after "The Boys" I decided to give this film a rematch... Back in 2009 it was still a time when there was not that many similar to each other superhero films Watchmen cam out a bit too early..., What makes Watchmen feeling so fresh in 2020 is that it's completely different to most of Marvel films.... The characters in Watchmen feel more like real people than idealistic figures you usually get - they age, they change opinions on things, they do wrong things... The world is also much more similar to ours in 2020 that it was in 2009... Brilliant film 9/10!


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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

Gross USA:

$107,509,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,382,813
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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