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The Great Wall (2016)

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In ancient China, a group of European mercenaries encounters a secret army that maintains and defends the Great Wall of China against a horde of monstrous creatures.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Carlo Bernard (screenplay), Doug Miro (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... William
Tian Jing ... Commander Lin Mae
Willem Dafoe ... Ballard
Andy Lau ... Strategist Wang
Pedro Pascal ... Tovar
Hanyu Zhang ... General Shao
Han Lu ... Peng Yong
Kenny Lin ... Commander Chen
Eddie Peng ... Commander Wu
Xuan Huang ... Commander Deng
Ryan Zheng ... Shen (as Zheng Kai)
Karry Wang ... Emperor (as Junkai Wang)
Cheney Chen ... Imperial Officer
Pilou Asbæk ... Bouchard
Numan Acar ... Najid
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Storyline

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. Written by Watch_Movies

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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One of mankind's greatest wonders. 1700 years to build. 5500 miles long. What were they trying to keep out?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The belief that the Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure on Earth that can be seen by the naked eye from the International Space Station is only a myth. See more »

Goofs

Only one magnetic stone, which can pacify the Tao Tei, appeared in the movie. The stone was brought in by William the European mercenary. In reality, Chinese civilization first made compasses from magnetic stones in Han dynasty (< AD100). By the time point of the movie (somewhen between AD960 and AD1127), the compass had been widely used in navigation. It shouldn't be hard to find more magnetic stones inside China. See more »

Quotes

Tovar: Amigo, only you would carry a stupid magnet through the desert.
William: I can use it to make a compass.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo appears quicker than usual, and after appearing the Earth zooms into China, going all the way to a section of the Great Wall and through a crack in the section.

During the zoom the Legendary Pictures logo appears (in reverse). See more »

Alternate Versions

This film will be released in the Mandarin language separately in English-speaking countries --- that is, at least Australia. Both English and Mandarin versions have been classified. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Doctor Strange (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridge of Fate
Vocal by Leehom Wang, Weiwei Tan
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
Music by Leehom Wang
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Good Story, lots of action
30 December 2016 | by lennybuttzSee all my reviews

From the description I read of the movie, it sounded kind of strange and I wasn't sure it was something I really wanted to watch. I'm glad I did. It's an old legend or story. Is it real? I don't know, is Santa Claus real? Does it matter if it is true or accurate? Not to me, it is a well written movie with some incredible action. The visuals are stunning to say the least. The costumes are incredible and I am very happy that most of the movie wasn't filmed in the dark which seems to have become the habit of Hollywood these past few years.

It is sad to see Matt Damon growing old but he still did a great job, I wonder how long he's going to be able to keep up doing physically demanding roles. If I am totally honest I would have liked the movie with a younger man in the lead role, that would have been a little more believable to me.

I totally recommend this movie, it has fantasy, action a tiny bit of romance so your girl can appreciate it, most of all it raises a lot of emotion. There were several times during the movie I was on the edge of my seat holding my breath anticipating the next moment.


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Country:

USA | China | Hong Kong | Australia | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Qingdao, China See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,469,620, 19 February 2017

Gross USA:

$45,540,830

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$334,933,831
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)| 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| IMAX 6-Track | Sonics-DDP | Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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