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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.

Director:

Gerard McMurray

Writer:

James DeMonaco
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Cast

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 ... Selina
Rotimi Paul ... Skeletor
Mo McRae ... 7 & 7
Jermel Howard ... Lorenzo
Siya ... Blaise
Christian Robinson ... Capital A
Steve Harris ... Freddy
Derek Basco ... Taz
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Storyline

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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

4 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purge: The Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,374,280, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$69,488,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137,056,262
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Tentatively called "Purge: Island". This movie was filmed in Buffalo, NY and doubled as Staten Island, NY. See more »

Goofs

In one scene an uninjured Dolores looks out of Nya's intact apartment window. In the next scene the window is shattered and Dolores' arm appears to have been grazed by a bullet. This jump is explained by the deleted scene included in the Blu-ray release: Skeletor was hiding in Nya's apartment (hence the "fresh" blood Dolores notices on the floor), inside the closet. When he jumps out and tries to kill Nya, there's a confrontation between him and Isaiah, which leads to Skeletor flying through the window. See more »

Quotes

The Architect - Dr. Updale: [from the trailer] Please don't tell me your sending mercenaries into the island disguised as purgers?
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Crazy Credits

In the theatrical release, there was a second mid-credits scene, which was an ad for The Purge (2018) on the USA Network. This does not exist on the DVD/Blu-ray home video version. See more »

Connections

Follows The Purge (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Alright
Written by Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Sounwave (as Mark Anthony Spears), Kawan Prather
Performed by Kendrick Lamar
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Pretty Bad
25 March 2019 | by ripcordsSee all my reviews

But - having lived on Staten Island for 35 years and worked on Staten Island, and having patrolled Park Hill quite often - I found it pretty entertaining. Whoever wrote this must know Park Hill (even though it wasn't actually filmed on Staten Island). Stupid political sight gags tying the NFFA to Donald Trump. Lazy writing. Dopey, overall.


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