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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.

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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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Witness the birth of an American tradition. 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

Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

4 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Purge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,374,280, 8 July 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,086,325, 6 September 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,212,870, 16 August 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Melonie Diaz's second film in which characters must fight for survival by killing others, the first being "The Belko Experiment". See more »

Goofs

In the staircase scene where Dmitri is fighting with two mercenaries, one is shot and blood splatters on the wall. In the camera shots that follow, the blood is no longer there. See more »

Quotes

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 easily as next year, there could be a "nationwide Purge". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The First Purge (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Reaper Cometh
Written by Kevin Lax, Desiigner (as Sidney Selby III)
Performed by Desiigner
Desiigner appears courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./Def Jam Recordings, a divsion of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Nothing going for it; dreadful
9 July 2018 | by danalex-66545See all my reviews

Honestly the film was absolute rubbish. Stereotypical characters. No humour. Terrible action. Atrocious acting. Regressive political messages shoved in your face throughout, eg: EVERY 'bad' or 'evil' character being white - often shown with nazi-esque uniform, KKK uniform, black-face w/ red lips versus the 'good' black gangsters in "the hood."

Don't waste your money or your time. Regularly go to the cinema and this is the first time I've felt inclined to sign up on IMDB specifically to review/comment.


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