Dark Knight
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Dark Knight

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Director: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart


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Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takesSee more details below

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Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The caped crusader gets a stunning dose of hardcore dramatics in The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan's ambitious follow-up to Batman Begins. Hailed as the first real big-screen adult take on a popular comic mythos, the film goes to great lengths to show that costumed characters can indeed exist in genres outside of their comfort zone -- which in this case, spells gritty crime drama. Nolan's Gotham City might be beautiful, but it's decaying from the inside out -- as are most of the people in control of it. So at what point do the efforts of a costumed vigilante cease to have an impact on the city he vows to protect -- and when does his mere presence become a detriment to that society? It's these kinds of hefty issues that embody what could accurately be touted as a reinvention of the entire superhero film altogether. Thick with rich dramatics, daring performances, and a few knockout scenes of action gusto, The Dark Knight strives to not only one-up its predecessor, but also to lay down a measuring stick of quality for the rest of Hollywood to live up to. Viewers' strong reactions to the picture likely have a lot to do with the casting. Heath Ledger's sad passing gives his fearless performance -- and in effect, the movie -- a sense of importance that is hard to counter. For his part, the talented performer gives a full-on show each time he is onscreen. His approach to this anarchist embodiment of The Joker is something truly special to behold and easily one of the boldest portrayals in comic-to-screen history. Take him away and there's still plenty of A-game being brought to the screen, thanks to the talents of Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart, whose solid performance as Harvey Dent makes up the tragic backbone of the film. For his part, Christian Bale does a fine job embodying the lonesome hero of his city, even if he persists in giving Batman's voice the same guttural growl that hurt his performance the first time around. Thankfully, the costume has been given an overhaul to address some of the "rubber suit" issues that have plagued the franchise since its Tim Burton days. Yet just as Burton reshaped the character to fit his own gothic tastes, so does Christopher Nolan paint a picture all his own. By luring audiences in with a consistently light first half and then turning things bleaker as the movie progresses, the filmmaker has created a truly engrossing tale of modern decay. By the end, much has changed and no one is left unscathed. It's not an easy story to either tell or sit through. There are casualties -- and this most certainly is not a crowd-pleaser in the typical sense of the word. By eschewing what many others in his field are doing with similar comic properties and seeking out his inspiration elsewhere, Nolan shows that mature thematic material can have new life when adapted for even the most beloved heroes of the printed page. Critically, he does overshoot things a bit by bringing in slightly heavy-handed messages into the final chunk of the film -- and it seems that a few characters really get the short end of the stick (Scarecrow, anyone?). Perhaps the rumored three-hour cut would iron out a few of the film's issues, including rushed character arcs and especially one seemingly needless late set piece. The action, while improved in this installment, also is a bit hampered by some confusing techno-gadgetry (in one of the only moments where the action is dictated by fantastic spectacle). Still, with its virtuoso vision and near avant-garde score from James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer fueling the picture's ever-growing dread, The Dark Knight stands on its own in a world full of easy entertainment. Perhaps someday someone will be able to happily marry the best that both Nolan and Burton have brought to the screen -- until then, this remains an impressive feat of studio-backed artistry. Like its own crime-fighter, the movie is a symbol that aspires to greater things; where it will lead is anyone's guess.

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Warner Home Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Batman/Bruce Wayne
Heath Ledger Joker
Aaron Eckhart Harvey Dent
Michael Caine Alfred
Maggie Gyllenhaal Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman Gordon
Morgan Freeman Lucius Fox
Monique Curnen Ramirez
Ron Dean Wuertz
Cillian Murphy Scarecrow
Chin Han Lau
Nestor Carbonell Mayor
Eric Roberts Maroni
Ritchie Coster Chechen
Anthony Michael Hall Engel
Colin McFarlane Loeb
Joshua Harto Reese
Melinda McGraw Barbara Gordon
Nathan Gamble James Gordon
Michael Vieau Rossi
Michael Stoyanov Dopey
Bill Smille Grumpy
Michael Jai White Gambol
Matthew O'Neill Chuckles
William Fichtner Bank Manager
Olumiji Olawumi Drug Dealer
Greg Beam Junkie
Erik Hellman Junkie
Beatrice Rosen Natascha
Vincenzo Nicoli Crime Boss
Edison Chen LSI VP
Nydia Rodriguez Terracina Judge Surrillo
Andy Luther Brian
James Farruggio Man No. 1
Thomas McElroy Man No. 2
Will Zahrn Assistant DA
James Fierro Thug at Party
Sam Derence Male Guest
Jennifer Knox Female Guest
Patrick Clear Judge Freel
Sarah Jayne Dunn Maroni's Mistress
Chucky Venn Gambol's Bodyguards
Winston Ellis Gamble Bodyguard
David Dastmalchian Joker's Thug
Sophia Hinshelwood Reporter
Keith Kupferer Heckler
Joseph Luis Caballero Cop Heckler
Richard Dillane Acting Commissioner
Daryl Satcher Officer at Intersection
Crhis Perschler Convy Leader
Aidan Feore Fat Thug
Philip Bulcock Murphy
Paul Birchard Cop with Fat Thug
Walter Lewis Medic
Vincent Riotta Cop at 250 52nd St.
Nancy Crane Nurse
K. Todd Freeman Pol
Matt Shallenberger Berg
Michael Andrew Gorman Cop at Hospital
Lanny Lutz Bartender
Peter DeFaria Civilian
Matt Rippy First Mate
Andrew Bicknell Prison Ferry Pilot
Ariyon Bakare Guard Commander
Doug Ballard Businessman
Helene Wilson Mother
Tommy Campbell Passenger
Craig Heaney Passenger
Lorna Gayle Passenger
Joshua Rollins SWAT Sniper
Dale RIvera SWAT Leader
Matthew Leitch Prisoner on Ferry
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Tattoeed Prisoner
Thomas Gaitsch Reporter #3
William Armstrong Evans
Adam Kalesperis Honor Guard Man
Tristan Tait Uniform Cop
Bronson Webb Bounty Hunter
Gertrude Kyles Fox's Secretary
Jonathan Ryland Passenger Ferry Pilot
James Scales Guardsman
Nigel Carrington Warden
Ian Pirie Prisoner
Lateef Lovejoy Prisoner
Grahame Edwards Prisoner
Roger Monk Prisoner
Ronan Summers Prisoner
Wai Wong Hong Kong Detective
Michael Corey Foster Honor Guard Leader
Hannah Gunn Gordon's Daughter
Brandon Lambdin Armored Car SWAT

Technical Credits
Christopher Nolan Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Jenny Alford Costumes/Costume Designer
Timothy E. Angulo Cinematographer
Mark Batholomew Art Director
Patrick Caulfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Nathan Crowley Production Designer
Kevin de la Noy Executive Producer
Jordan Dolberg Associate Producer
Lee Finn Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicholas Gordon-Roche Costumes/Costume Designer
David S. Goyer Original Story
John Gray Costumes/Costume Designer
James Hambidge Art Director
Brendan Handscombe Costumes/Costume Designer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Craig Jackson Art Director
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Lawrence Art Director
Naaman Marshall Art Director
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Benjamin Nelniker Executive Producer
Jonathan Nolan Screenwriter
Gina Panno Costumes/Costume Designer
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Lee Smith Score Composer,Editor
Jimmy Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucinda Syson Casting
Emma Thomas Producer
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Cathie Valdovino Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Vaughan Cinematographer
Sheena Wichary Costumes/Costume Designer
Lev Yevstratov Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dark Knight
1. Robbery Gone Stranger [6:22]
2. Intimidate Mode [4:12]
3. Unknown Limits [3:16]
4. Last Game in Town [4:01]
5. Protector's Mantle [3:44]
6. Kill the Batman [4:30]
7. Hong Kong Holiday [3:26]
8. Why So Serious? [2:05]
9. Landing Lau [6:06]
10. Men of Their Word [5:44]
11. Hero With a Face [3:05]
12. Somebody With Access [2:18]
13. Tonight's Entertainment [4:21]
14. Watch the World Burn [3:56]
15. Your Plan Is Blackmail [2:10]
16. Dishonor Guard [4:33]
17. No Rules [4:23]
18. Right Choice [2:24]
19. I Am the Batman [3:27]
20. Trip to County [:08]
21. Bat-Pod Faceoff [3:40]
22. We Got Him [4:16]
23. Good Cop, Bad Cop [2:26]
24. Two-Way Race [5:59]
25. Burned Down [3:16]
26. Harvey Two-Face [5:52]
27. Better Class of Criminal [2:07]
28. Watch Out [2:54]
29. Agent of Chaos [2:00]
30. Hospital Boom [4:08]
31. Too Much Power [3:04]
32. Unlucky [2:49]
33. Ferry Scarry [3:10]
34. Prewitt Building Siege [3:23]
35. Verge of Fireworks [5:29]
36. Battle for Gotham's Soul [3:19]
37. One Pointing the Gun [2:55]
38. Dark Knight [4:35]
39. End Credits [7:42]

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