Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.


James DeMonaco


James DeMonaco
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Grillo ... Leo Barnes
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Senator Charlie Roan
Mykelti Williamson ... Joe Dixon
Joseph Julian Soria ... Marcos
Betty Gabriel ... Laney Rucker
Terry Serpico ... Earl Danzinger
Edwin Hodge ... Dante Bishop
Kyle Secor ... Minister Edwidge Owens
Barry Nolan Barry Nolan ... Reporter #1
Liza Colón-Zayas ... Dawn (as Liza Colon-Zayas)
Ethan Phillips ... Chief Couper
Adam Cantor ... Tall Eric Busmalis
Christopher James Baker ... Harmon James
Jared Kemp ... Rondo
Brittany Mirabile ... Schoolgirl #1 Freakbride / Kimmy (as Brittany Mirabilé)


It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

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Purge for Your Liberty See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Actress Carmen Ejogo, who played Eva Sanchez in The Purge: Anarchy (2014), was interviewed by Collider if she would reprise the role in The Purge: Election Year (2016). She told them, "No. (laughs) I believe as an actress, you get to change," stating that she would not return. See more »


The push dagger that Barnes uses is for wounding rather than for fatal strikes. The blade simply isn't long enough to inflict deep and lethal punctures. A trained professional like Barnes would know and would have picked a better blade for the job, See more »


Schoolgirl #1 Freakbride: I already took care of my mom and dad tonight. You're next! I want my candy bar, cocksucker!
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Referenced in Domino Presley's House of Whores: Coven (2019) See more »


20th Century Boy
Written by Marc Bolan
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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A Great movie!! The Purge: Election Year lays it all out in a action oriented, fun horror style.
1 July 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It's a far better follow up to The Purge: Anarchy than Anarchy was a follow up to the original Purge. It's the same element of social science fiction action horror. It helps that Frank Grillo reprises his role from Anarchy, but it's a different story altogether.

A senator is running for president on the idea that she would fight to end the purge and her body guard, Leo Barnes believes in her cause. So when her enemies wish to use the purge to kill her, he puts his life on the line with the help of some citizens who also believe in her make sure the senator survives the night.

the combination of horror with the social commentary makes it scary. Adding to that, the movie is released in the year of the US's biggest election. It's an exaggerated reflection on society, but still its like looking into a mirror of what people would do if they could get away with it.

I felt the movie was pretty even on every side of what the purging does: the poor get eliminated, the rich get richer, and Election Year adds those who are poor who fight back and those who see it as a religious day.

My favorite was a group of girls that represent a generation who grew up just knowing twitter who live all year waiting to seek revenge on adults who they think make their lives horrible, and have fun unleashing their anger.

Election Year touches all emotions, it almost acts as my purge. It lays every thing on the line very real like.

Great action, socially scary and very funny. A must see.

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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The Purge 3 See more »

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Providence, Rhode Island, USA See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,515,110, 3 July 2016

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