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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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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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Someone's killing our super heroes. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,509,799, 28 May 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,258,983
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut) | (Ultimate Cut)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During one of Rorschach's investigations, he finds a matchbook with the logo for "Happy Harry" on it. Happy Harry made an animated trailer for a "Watchmen" cartoon that never existed. See more »

Goofs

After the picture of all 8 of the the Minutemen are shown in 1940, Hollis Mason is speaking to Daniel Drieberg and starts to name all of the Minutemen and leaves out the Silhouette...Mason says "It was me, Dollar Bill, Mothman, Captain Metropolis, Hooded Justice, Silk Specter, and the Comedian. Oh don't let me get started on him". See more »

Quotes

Hollis Mason: Truth: you were a better Nite Owl than I ever was, Danny boy.
Dan Dreiberg: Hollis, we both know that's bullshit.
Hollis Mason: Hey, watch with the language! This was the left hook that took out Captain Axis! Remember?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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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Referenced in Dumb Movie Ways to Die (2013) See more »

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Hallelujah
Written and Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment (Canada)
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Yikes, possibly of the greatest films ever made,
12 September 2013 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

I have a serious problem with this film. I have seen it a half-dozen times, taken it apart, put it back together, tried to find something wrong with it and I cannot. I am coming to the reluctant conclusion it may be one of the greatest films ever made, likely a top-10, right up there with Citizen Kane, Alien, Godfather, you know the drill. The story is dazzling, action-packed, politically aware, and brilliant. As good or better than Sin City. The actors, many of whom (sigh) I am not familiar with are brilliant. Jackie Earle Haley practically picks the film up bodily and carries it. The direction is not merely good it is perfect. Even the sound track seems to move the story along. (And I am no fan of Zack Synder outside of this film. MAN OF STEEL was a sellout to the "action" crowd, creating chaos out of order. Ditto Sucker Punch). But art is like that. Sometimes it surprises you. Many critics have said that Social Network is the new Citizen Kane. But they confabulate. This film could actually be.


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