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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

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Storyline

Tells the story of Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself "V" (Hugo Weaving), she learns a general summary of V's past and, after a time, decides to help him bring down those who committed the atrocities that led to Britain being in the shape that it is in. Written by ahmetkozan

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Remember, remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

V for Vendetta: The IMAX Experience See more »

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Box Office

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie omits or changes several important details in order to make V and his actions more morally appealing. Also, the government, while more sinister in this movie, is, at the same time, less human, with the authorities in the graphic novel being more complex. For instance, Chancellor Sutler (Adam Susan in the novel) is an awkward and timid man, who sincerely believes in fascism, and leaves all important decisions to F.A.T.E., a supercomputer also absent in the movie. V, on the other hand, is way more violent and less selective in who he kills, often murdering innocents in the process. His aim is not liberty, but anarchy, and he is actually abusive with Evey, an illiterate sixteen-year-old prostitute in the novel. Gordon Deitrich is a criminal, and Evey's lover, and he is killed by another criminal. Also, the central plot of the movie, of the government targeting the population with a virus attack, is not present in the book, and while it is hinted that a nuclear war happened, the ones responsible are left unseen. All of these changes infuriated Alan Moore, who claimed that the fascist government in his work had been "defanged", and refused to have any credit for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When V goes to rip off the suit of armor's helm, while play-fighting, you can briefly see the metal rod that pops up to take off the head. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits is of a red line forming the V symbol, with characters' faces appearing in the red line alongside the actors' credits. See more »

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Referenced in Pet Shop Boys: On Social Media (2019) See more »

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Bkab
Written and Performed by Ethan Stoller
Contains Excerpts from "On Black Power"
by Malcolm X
Courtesy of The Family of Malcolm X
by CMG Worldwide Inc.
Contains Excerpts from "Address to the Women of America"
by Gloria Steinem
Courtesy of EAST TOLEDO PRODUCTIONS
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Truly Unique
26 February 2006 | by GreenPlastikManSee all my reviews

There are some that will, upon seeing this film, say that it was akin to Andrew Lloyd Weber attempting to make a political statement: overly dramatic. These people would be well served to remember that the symbol of drama is a mask, which certainly begs one important question- Why, if you are so put off by an overtly dramatic motion picture, would you choose to see a movie that stars as the (anti)hero a man in a mask? I just saw this film at an advanced screening and I must say it is nothing short of uniquely brilliant. Entertaining from the start, V manages to combine a strong socio-political message in a compact and highly intense experience. Infused with issues and concepts that pervade in the global political climate of our times, this movie is endowed with a tremendous timely relevance that belies its trappings as a mere action adventure.

The acting, the cinematography, the effects, and the general vision of this film all lead me to believe that it will likely receive a cult following. It is only my hope that the message of this film will come to summarize the history of our future ascendancy to true liberty.

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. In the meantime, go see this movie.


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