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The First Purge (2018)

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America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.


Gerard McMurray


James DeMonaco
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Y'lan Noel ... Dmitri
Lex Scott Davis ... Nya
Joivan Wade ... Isaiah
Mugga ... Dolores
Patch Darragh ... Chief of Staff - Arlo Sabian
Marisa Tomei ... The Architect - Dr. Updale
Luna Lauren Velez ... Luisa
Kristen Solis Kristen Solis ... Selina
Rotimi Paul ... Skeletor
Mo McRae ... 7 & 7
Jermel Howard ... Lorenzo
Siya Siya ... Blaise
Christian Robinson ... Capital A
Steve Harris ... Freddy
Derek Basco ... Taz


This horror/action-adventure film from director Gerard McMurray serves as a prequel that recounts events that led up to the first Purge event. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.

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The movement that begun as a simple experiment... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The poster for the new Halloween (2018) film can be seen in Isaiah's room. Blumhouse Production Company is behind both the new Halloween film and The Purge films. See more »


At 0h 50m 30s, when Chief of Staff - Arlo Sabian is looking at the latest statistics, there is a graphic of a pie-chart on the screen behind him. It has segments labeled 5%, 25%, 16%, 14% and 50%. This adds up to 110%. See more »


Dolores: It tastes like old man ass
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a mid-credit scene featuring a press briefing expressing the success of the Purge, and how as early as next year, there could be a "nationwide Purge". See more »


Followed by The Forever Purge (2021) See more »


Let It Whip
Written by Ndugu Chancler (as Leon Ndugu Chancler), Reggie Andrews
Performed by The Dazz Band
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Good series ruined by politics
10 October 2018 | by fixfireleoSee all my reviews

What I loved about the Purge series is how it focused on the darker side of humanity. No one was able to be viewed as a "good guy" because, given the right circumstances, we all harbor terrible passions that can be let out if allowed. In this movie, they show "how it all started" but in doing so, they couldnt help but pander to a certain group of people who want to make all white people evil and all black and poor people victims. Even the black gangsters who routinely kill and spread evil over the world end up being shown as "true heroes". Why does everything have to be "this group is good, this group is bad"? There are good and bad in ALL groups and that is what made Purge so awesome. I doubt I will watch any more of these films. Trust Hollywood elite to ruin a good thing because they cant keep their opinions to themselves.

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Release Date:

4 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purge: The Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,374,280, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS (DTS: X)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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