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The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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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.


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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 ... 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 the Glory See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purge 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Providence, Rhode Island, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,870,000, 3 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,003,080, 12 August 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,587,880, 13 October 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


We get to see the leader of the NFFA in this movie -- Caleb Warrens. See more »


Barnes, the security man, is shot in the chest/shoulder with what is shown to be an M24 sniper rifle, which is chambered in .308. He is shown not only being able to stand up afterward, but also to run several blocks and then be stunned into unconsciousness by a group of Purgers. This simply isn't possible.

A wound from such a rifle so close to the victim (less than 25 yards) would be instantly incapacitating, if not outright fatal. Even assuming that the shooter used full metal jacket rounds rather than more lethal hunting wounds, the wound would still require immediate medical attention and it would, again, be incapacitating, if not outright fatal. See more »


Uncle Sam: We will now purge. We will torture you and violate your flesh. Remove your skin and share in your blood. This is the American way.
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Follows The Purge (2013) See more »


Party in the U.S.A.
Written by Lukasz Gottwald, Jessie J (as Jessica Cornish) and Claude Kelly
Performed by Alana Da Fonseca (as Alana D)
Courtesy of The Boom Clack
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the reviews are the best part of this experience... ; - )
15 July 2016 | by imizrahi2002See all my reviews

i'd give the movie a 6.5, if possible... not bad...not anything more than OK. it has it's weak and strong points... but the reVIEWS! some are REALly entertaining...not just funny entertaining...i like how some reflect on the political similarities to real life, present day politics... and remember...this film is set in the future...so there's still time to get to there from here... ; - ) okay. a bit about the movie...and btw, IMDb, how LOTS of the reviews i read NOT get penalized for NOT checking the spoiler box? aMAzing! i wouldn't need to see the film after a few of those... so let me be vague... interesting political struggles. sociological points made. not anywhere near as much 'creative violence'(boy...an oxymoron if ever there was one... ;-) as whatever other one of this series i saw... i thought that part of that movie, though, WAS actually artistic... good use of slow mo, etc... this was more action than horror, let's say...the socio/political blurbs weighed it in that(less horror. except for the horror of the purge High Council proponents. but hey...that's politics. we're kinda USED to that in real life, right?). something i usually like to do with movies that i KNOW will be violent is...guess who's gonna die. this movie had for me a VERY predictable death with a VERY corny/trite 'farewell' speech. otherwise i would've given this a 6.6 or even SEVen... ;-)

so that's it. i'd say if you THINK you have something better, watch it. but if you're bored and outta other options, you could do worse.

lastly, thanks again for the innard grins, fellow commentators...

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