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Dark Knight

The 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 takes


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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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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Special Features

Disc 1 - Movie with Focus Points; Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene - Director Christopher Noland and Creative Collaborators Unmask the Incredible detail and planning behind the film, Including Stunt Staging, Filming in IMAX, the New Bat-suit and Bat-pod; Exclusive Features Via BD-Live!; ; Disc 2 - Special Features - Batman Tech - The Incredible Gadgets and Tools Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight - Delve into the Psyche of Bruce Wayne and the World of Batman Through Real-World Psychotherapy; Gotham Tonight - 6 Episodes of Gotham Cable's Premier News Program ; The Galleries- The Joker Cards, Concept Art, Poster Art, Production Stills, Trailers and TV Spots

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
Tom 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
Jonathan Nolan Screenwriter
Gina Panno Costumes/Costume Designer
John Papsidera Casting
Wally Pfister Cinematographer
Charles Roven Producer
Jimmy Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Smith Score Composer,Editor
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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The Dark Knight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 358 reviews.
Mina_Dark More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect when I went to see this film the first time in the theater. (It's so common for a sequel - if you want to call this that - to not be nearly as well done as the original.) This film FAR outshone its predecessor! It was better in every way, and that's quite an amazing feat, considering how good "Batman Begins" was. (I loved the review by the "Most Helpful Positive!" He/she hit it right on the head: two lousy things were cleared up in Dark Knight. No more Katie Holmes! That in itself is worth a happy dance. And much more Gary Oldman! Another happy dance. Seriously though, when it looked liked Jim Gordan had been killed I said "I'm never watching this movie again." Then he crept up on the Joker and saved the day - that was the best moment to me.) The preformances were outstanding, and the way the editors handled such a huge cast of characters was perfect. We saw each character frequently enough to remember exactly what was going on with them, but infrequently enough so that we could keep up with what everyone was doing. The pacing throughout was fantastic. Maggie was a great replacement for Katie, and she was a much more believeable DA. To conclude, this movie is not one to be missed, by anyone. (That means people who like Batman or don't like him!) I watched it four times at the theater and once so far on DVD and I still haven't had enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved "Batman Begins" but had two complaints: 1) Katie Holmes. She is the world's second worst actress (the first being Kirsten Dunst), and she really took the show down. Her replacement was ten times better. 2) Gary Oldman's part, Jim Gorgan, wasn't NEARLY big enough! Gary Oldman is by far the best actor in these films (he's British, so of course) and his part in "Dark Knight" was, in fact, much bigger. And yes, Heath Ledger was every bit as good as he was hyped to be. I still don't like Christian Bale (AT ALL) but Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine made up for him. And did I mention Gary Oldman?! Anyway, a fantastic movie. Not to be missed. By far the best super hero movie of the summer.
cheshirexxcat More than 1 year ago
One word can describe this movie... AMAZING!
The whole thing is just sick, and Heath Ledger as the Joker just scared the crap out of me. Great cast and great performances all around!
Rubie More than 1 year ago
Lots of action and great plot!!! would watch it over and over again!
gravity More than 1 year ago
Seriously! I repeat: The best superhero movie ever made. This film has it all: superior special effects; great acting; ingenious script; and most of all -- the best performance of a comic villain EVER. Right off the bat, the first scene explodes with violence and excitement, introducing the audience to the late Heath Ledger as the Joker. From then on Batman must deal with his problems like the love he still feels for Rachel (his one time girlfriend) and maintaining order in the Gotham's constant hostile enviroment. Director Christopher Nolan outdid himself with this movie and really raised the stakes for not only comic book movies -- but for sequels in general. With the unfortuante passing of the promising Ledger, his death gave The Dark Knight an added frenzy surrounding the release date, and furthermore, propelled the Joker character into untouchable status, as nobody will probably ever be able to perfect such an unforgettable villain like that in future Batman films, let alone all comic book antagonists. An absolute must own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the trailers from the computer or on TV, obviously it was going to be good. And of course RIP Heath Ledger. The Joker is one of my favorite villian characters. Plus I liked the Batman Animated series that was on back in the 90s. I'll be honest there should be no comparison to the Joker in the Tim Burton film and this. Both are good in their own way so there shouldn't be a contest of sorts. Just let it go. Sorry. Moving on we have the Dark Knight picking up where Batman Begins left off where Bruce as Batman is getting some unwanted help and must face his biggest villian yet who's just plain crazy called The Joker (played very convincingly by Heath Ledger). And of course must come to terms with whether the city accepts Batman and of course for Bruce whether or not if he can let go of Rachel (this time played by Maggie) who's dating Harvey Dent who obviously if you seen the animated cartoon or read the comics you know what his fate becomes. The Joker then calls out to Batman through threats and such. There were some awkward yet you couldn't help but laugh moments or the should i laugh or not kinds of moments. The opening has to be one of the best that I've seen next to the X2 X-Men United one. Christian Bale was as usual (not that that's a bad thing) was great, Heath was even better, Aaron was as well really good and Gary Oldman was terrific. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman were also good too. Christopher Nolan does a great job with the directing and the camera work was pretty good. There are some good suspense moments and at times it felt a little creepy. Its like the film pulls you in and when its done you forget that you're watching a movie. At least that's how I felt when I saw it in the theater. So in conclusion, SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!
Walterama More than 1 year ago
The Dark Knight is one of the best super hero movies and my #1 favorite ever. It is better than Batman Begins. Heath Ledger did an excellent job portraying the Joker.which he had won posthumously at the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. I was a bit disappointed that it had never received an award for Best Picture. This is the first movie that does not have the Batman title in it. The movie says it is THE DARK KNIGHT
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bale returns as batman/bruce wayne katie holmes did not reprise her role in this film due to schuduling conflicts maggie plays rachel dawes in this film and michael caine returns as alfred morgan freeman returns when i first heard about this movie was around mid 2006 and i was surprised heath got the part as the joker in the dark knight film this film is on par with the godfather heaths perfomance speaks for itself this movie was one of all my all time favorite list of batman movies the reason why this is my favorite batman movie is because of heath playing the joker the way he laughs hes doing his own take on the joker laugh and paying homage to all the past actors and voice actors who have played the joker this movie is great it is a must buy
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BreakingDawnSucksForever More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ethan31 More than 1 year ago
Christopher Nolan did it again, but this time much better! The Dark Knight shocked us all. He also directed the movie Batman Begins, which is the movie that was set up before The Dark Knight. The sequel has Christian Bale starring as The Batman or by his real name, Bruce Wayne. This thrilling movie lasts for an unheard of 2 hours and 32 minutes, but everyone still walks out asking for more. It has the perfect cast of characters with the best chosen actors. It brings you through a ride and it achieves what all other Batman movies do not. Make sure you strap in your seatbelts. If you have seen Batman Begins, you must see the follow-up The Dark Knight. Batman is a hero that has to fight between good and evil in Gotham City. He is good at what he does and even inspires the people of Gotham City to copy him. These copycats never succeed and Bruce needs to stop this mayhem before it gets much worse. Gotham City just voted in a new attorney Harvey Dent who is played by Aaron Eckhart and he is particularly against crime. What is in their way? The Joker played by the Academy Award winning Health Ledger. Batman and Harvey need to team up together and take down this crayon faced fool. The Joker slowly earns all control of Gotham City's crime. This all turns into mass chaos and Batman's attention is raised very quickly. The Joker took control of everyone and everything. He does this in what would call this a joking matter, but it is quite frightful. Rachel Dawes played by Maggie Gyllenhaal is Bruce Wayne's girlfriend. She is also Harvey's assistant. She is one of the few that actually knows who Batman actually is. The Joker uses her to attempt for him to give up his identity. This is a hard request as everyone knows Batman will never show his face. Bruce Wayne sets out to get the evil mastermind, The Joker. The Joker comes on the big screen and captivates everyone sitting in the room staring at the screen. No one can take their eyes off this character. The Joker has never been seen like this before. Jack Nicholson's Joker was very similar in his 1989 Batman, but Health takes it to a whole new level. He has a funny and terrifying piece in the film. He is not your normal super villain, which makes him better than all the rest. Nolan and Ledger team up on making the best villain portrayal Hollywood has ever seen. You might try to act like him, but no one could pull off this role better than the famous Heath Ledger. Heath died before he could see the result. Little did he know that the only movie he did not see hit theatres probably had the greatest impact. So grab a few friends sit down, pop in The Dark Knight, and enjoy!
TheReturnOfStryker More than 1 year ago
amazing movie i loved it from begining to end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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