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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 20 July 2012 (USA)
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Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #71 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 38 wins & 101 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Bruce Wayne
Gary Oldman ... Commissioner Gordon
Tom Hardy ... Bane
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Blake
Anne Hathaway ... Selina
Marion Cotillard ... Miranda
Morgan Freeman ... Fox
Michael Caine ... Alfred
Matthew Modine ... Foley
Alon Aboutboul ... Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Ben Mendelsohn ... Daggett
Burn Gorman ... Stryver
Daniel Sunjata ... Captain Jones
Aidan Gillen ... CIA Op
Sam Kennard Sam Kennard ... Special Ops Sergeant

Director's Trademarks: The Films of Christopher Nolan

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Storyline

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight (2008), in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its Police force, which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city. Written by WellardRockard

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Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

With their appearances in this movie, Christian Bale, Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Gary Oldman have each appeared in three Batman movies. Only Michael Gough and Pat Hingle have done the same thing in the previous Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman franchise. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 30mins) People do not take into consideration that Batman was alive due to the autopilot. This is because when it cuts back to Batman when it appears he's flying the Bat over the ocean, we see shadows across his face which is clearly buildings. With that in mind, we can conclude that him shooting the buildings for the Bat to go though easier ties with theatricality and deception, and that he quickly put the Bat on autopilot, got out through an escape pod of sorts, similar to how he got out of the Tumbler in The Dark Knight, thus making it possible for him to survive. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jim Gordon: I knew Harvey Dent. I was his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone... inspires us the way he did. I believed in Harvey Dent.
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Crazy Credits

The title does not appear onscreen until after the last scene and before the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

On IMAX 70mm prints of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, this film's prologue was shown as a special preview. It contained, with only one exception, entirely different takes of Bane's dialogue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
Performed by Charles Jackson Coyne (as CJ Coyne)
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A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.
1 January 2013 | by Geeky RandySee all my reviews

After eight years in seclusion, Batman resurfaces to face Bane, a mastermind bent on destroying Gotham and has ties to Bruce Wayne's past. Christopher Nolan's conclusion to his Dark Knight trilogy should be treated as a wrap up rather than a third installment. Despite many new characters being introduced, even their conflicts and motives are derived from events that occurred in the previous two films. Such an approach could be seen as a weakness, since the conflict could just end up being sort of a rematch rather than moving the story forward; however, Nolan's approach works terrificly. Over an hour is shot in stunning IMAX, but the film is more touching than it is intense… and that's its best quality. Hardy steps in as the genius mercenary Bane, who is slightly bigger, slightly stronger and slightly smarter than Batman, thus making him a challenge best suited for the grand finale. The Joker works best as Batman's arch-nemesis since they are polar opposites, with The Joker standing for everything Batman stands against. Two-Face works best as Batman's most tragic enemy because Harvey Dent is very much like Bruce Wayne… the only difference is: Dent copes with his tragedy through revenge rather than seeking justice as Wayne did. Bane works best as Batman's most challenging villain because of his physical and mental superiority—forget the Bane you saw in "BATMAN & ROBIN". Nolan carefully chose all his villains in the series wisely and executed them perfectly. Hardy had big shoes to fill following Ledger's posthumous Oscar winning performance; while Bane is no Joker, Hardy does a satisfying job and should not be compared to Ledger's performance as they are completely different roles. It is Michael Caine, however, that delivers the most memorable and touching performance of the entire film. A wonderful conclusion to a wonderful trilogy.

**** (out of four)


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Release Date:

20 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,887,295, 22 July 2012

Gross USA:

$448,139,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,081,141,420
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