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THE VILLAGE

 
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At Theaters: 7/30/2004 On Video: 1/11/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429989
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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The innocence of "The Village" is threatened by the creatures referred to by the townspeople as "Those We Don't Speak Of." The villagers share the fear of the evil and foreboding force that lurks outside. So frightening that one dare not venture beyond "The Village" and into the woods.
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Drama Fantasy - This is a suspense thriller aimed at older teen and adult audiences. The film is too intense for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Joaquin Phoenix BROTHER BEAR, SIGNS, QUILLS, THE YARDS, GLADIATOR
Adrien Brody THE PIANIST, THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE
William Hurt TUCK EVERLASTING, CHANGING LANES, ONE TRUE THING
Jayne Atkinson THE RAINMAKER, BLANK CHECK
Judy Greer 13 GOING ON 30
Wri/Dir: M. Night Shyamalan SIGNS, UNBREAKABLE, THE SIXTH SENSE, WIDE AWAKE
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Production Notes Heading
About The Film
Start Of Production
Outfitting The Village
The Cast
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: A stabbing; some fighting; glimpses of dead animals.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: A foot chase.
COMEDY: Some situational humor.
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Very Mixed

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Roger Ebert Full Review
Poor "The Village" is a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn. It's a flimsy excuse for a plot, with characters who move below the one-dimensional and enter Flatland.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Shyamalan has painted himself into a corner. Audiences approach "The Village" wanting something more frightening than "Signs" and a plot with a more powerful twist than his masterful 1999 success "The Sixth Sense." Though it's not as contrived as 2000's "Unbreakable," "The Village" disappoints. Though there is substantial drama and plenty to chew on after the closing credits, if you expect terror, you may walk away musing: "Is that all there is?"

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 141 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
21
Fairly Low
71%
13-19Teens (F)
35
Fairly High
77%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Fairly High
83%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
26
Fairly Low
77%
30+Adults (M)
20
Fairly Low
70%
30+Adults (F)
21
Fairly Low
71%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 141 moviegoer opinions. Dissappointing opinions to say the least! There's some difference in the opinions between males and females and in the different age groups, but they aren't significant. Males enjoyed it slightly more than females and the younger you are the more you will like it. The most significant thing is the very high percentage of "Good" and lower opinions. This is especially true considering the unusually high number of "Poor" and "Terrible" opinions. Opinions this low are usually quite rare.

Unfortunately, I would have to say that your probability of enjoying "The Village" enough to warrent the price of a movie ticket is somewhat low. If you attend a cheaper matinee then it may be worth a look, but if you don't like to take chances with your time and money you may want to save "The Village" for a video rental.


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Despite the advice of his elders, a curious and determined Lucius Hunt (JOAQUIN PHOENIX) has a burning desire to step beyond the boundaries of the town into the unknown. Town leader, Edward Walker (WILLIAM HURT) warns Lucius of the danger amongst the town's outskirts, and Lucius' mother, Alice Hunt (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) advises him to stay at home and spare himself of the greed and desires that exist in the outside world. Lucius' strength is matched only by Ivy Walker (BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD), a beautiful and mesmerizing young blind woman with an unusual wisdom beyond her years. Her fearless nature and gift-like perception are beyond anything Lucius has ever known.

Both Lucius and the mischievous Noah Percy (ADRIEN BRODY) admire Ivy passionately, though her heart only has room for one of them. Her devotion eventually leads her down a forbidden path where terrifying truths are revealed. The ominous presence of the unknown boils over into chaos for the town, with one's bravery being the only thing that can save them. The truce between "The Village" and the creatures is ending.

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