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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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11 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Who will save us now? (DVD tagline) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$107,509,799

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,258,983
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Zack Snyder based his storyboards for the film on the panels of thel graphic novel. He has stated that in order to be true to the source when adapting a graphic novel to the screen, the original visual art should be respected as much as the written portion. Snyder personally asked Dave Gibbons, the novel's artist, to design the first teaser film poster. Gibbons enthusiastically agreed and designed the poster to have subtle visual clues hinting at the film's plot. When casting the film, each actor was presented with a script and a copy of the book. They were allowed to carry the latter on set and re-write dialogue to better match that of the source material. Dozens of scenes reenact panels from the novel. A good example is Rorschach squatting on the windowsill about to enter The Comedian's apartment early in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Rorshach kicks in the door at the child murderer's house, the door bounces several times against the wall, showing a spring is holding it open so it won't swing back in the actor's face. See more »

Quotes

Jon Osterman: Why would I save a world I no longer have any stake in?
Laurie Juspeczyk: Do it for me.
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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

In Thailand the genitals of Dr Manhattan are masked and where Rorschach attack with an ax the victim's head is heavily blurred. See more »

Connections

Features 1984 (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Boogie Man
Written by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing/EMI Records Ltd.
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A classic.
25 February 2019 | by c7flat13See all my reviews

One of the deepest most sophisticated nuanced super hero movies ever. Production quality is amazing. The story is complex and long but worth the payoff. The acting is great overall. The hero's are vulnerable in so many ways. For every ability they have they suffer from even worse flaws. This is an alternate universe that forks from historical events. Rorschach is my favorite anti hero of all time and the end for me is an emotional powerful climax thats always a gut punch. Soundtrack is spot on. Should have won an Oscar or at least a nomination for any number of categories imo. Genre changing idea as profound and well crafted as the first matrix by comparison. Wouldn't be surprised if the MCU borrowed many ideas from this epic. I have no history with this franchise as a graphic novel and can only judge as a fan of the movie.


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