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V for Vendetta (2005)

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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

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James McTeigue

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Lilly Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Evey
Hugo Weaving ... V
Stephen Rea ... Finch
Stephen Fry ... Deitrich
John Hurt ... Adam Sutler
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Creedy
Rupert Graves ... Dominic
Roger Allam ... Lewis Prothero
Ben Miles ... Dascomb
Sinéad Cusack ... Delia Surridge
Natasha Wightman ... Valerie
John Standing ... Lilliman
Eddie Marsan ... Etheridge
Clive Ashborn ... Guy Fawkes
Emma Field-Rayner Emma Field-Rayner ... Guy Fawkes Lover (as Emma Field Rayner)
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In the year 1998 , Evey Hammond is an average citizen of the United Kingdom, which is under the rule of the fascist and tyrannical Norsefire Party. She is an employee of the state-run British Television Network, but soon, she becomes the number one enemy of the state together with an enigmatic and larger-than-life freedom fighter known only by the letter "V". V informs Evey that she must hide in his underground lair for at least one year, and while she is reluctant to the idea at first, a bond soon forms between the two individuals. In the meanwhile, the mysterious past of V is gradually revealed to the police inspector tasked with capturing him, Eric Finch, and it is not long until he starts questioning everything his government stands for. Written by goddangwatir

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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Euan Blair, son of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, worked as a runner for this movie's production company. The role drew criticism after Stephen Fry suggested that political connections affected obtaining permission to film in government buildings. The producers strenuously denied the allegations. Conservative Member of Parliament David Davies told the Sunday Times, "It smacks of sheer hypocrisy that Blair's government is willing to arrest a woman for simply making a protest in Whitehall, but is happy to open the doors when Blair's son turns up in a film, which is about Parliament being blown up." See more »

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The aim of the Gunpowder Plot was actually a scheme to blow up the House of Lords, not the House of Commons (commonly referred to as Parliament). See more »

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[first lines]
Evey Hammond: [voiceover] Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot... But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still ...
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After the closing credits, the Virtual Studios logo appears. This was done deliberately, to emphasize the V motif. See more »


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I Found a Reason
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Cat Power
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Utterly Spectacular!
8 March 2006 | by paxatronSee all my reviews

I was a fan of the "V for Vendetta" graphic novel, and Alan Moore disinheriting the film was a bit discouraging. But he's always been a little crazy. The film version is everything I could have possibly hoped for - gripping, chilling, intense, exciting, heartbreaking. It gets Moore's music if not his exact words; elements are slightly different, subplots removed. But the idea - as V himself would be so proud to say - remains the same.

The plot is surprisingly complex and nuanced, and I don't want to give anything more away than the previews already have. Suffice it to say that a masked anarchist (voiced by Hugo Weaving) must save a young woman (Natalie Portman) during his attempt to expose corruption in the government. Weaving is perfectly cast, using his formidable physicality and imposing voice to give gravitas to the insanity of the character. Portman has gone from child to teen star and is finally emerging as a talented, adult actress following her Oscar-nominated turn in "Closer". Here, she gives her best performance to date as the orphan Evey. John Hurt is characteristically impressive as the enigmatic government leader, and Stephen Rea gives a wonderful supporting turn as the police inspector charged with finding V - before it's too late.

The Wachowski Brothers' former protégé, James McTiegue, takes on the directing duties here and helms an enormously impressive first feature, using every trick in the book in a manner reminiscent of his mentors' breakout hit "The Matrix". Unlike "The Matrix", McTiegue allows the story to be more of a focus than the action, and as a result the film is a tense and emotional thriller, with outbursts of spectacularly filmed and choreographed action. Showing more maturity and restraint than the Wachowskis, McTiegue doesn't show off, and his trickery isn't self conscious. When slow-motion overtakes a late action sequence, it seems as natural as breathing. The late cinematographer Adrian Biddle (the film is dedicated to his memory) does an outstanding job, Oscar-nominated Dario Marianelli's score is a fantastic accompaniment to the piece, and the visual effects are astonishing, terrifying, and deeply moving, especially in the climatic moments in Trafalgar Square.

With solid acting, great action, and fantastic technical wizardry, it sounds just like another "Matrix"-style ripoff. But the biggest difference in "V" is that it is a story of real ideas - not a fantastic, science fiction creation, but a genuine examination of the human condition. The power of fear takes center stage here - the fear of war, of disease, of famine. Fear is a basic human nature, and has been exploited as a weapon - a method of control - for centuries. And for those who would use it, a masked man waits in the shadows to carry out your sentence. The verdict? Vengeance. "V for Vendetta" is a must-see.

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Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,642,340, 19 March 2006

Gross USA:

$70,511,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$132,511,035
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