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The Village

3.7 63
Director: M. Night Shyamalan, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody

Cast: M. Night Shyamalan, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody

 

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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just

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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan is a carefully crafted, deliberately paced period piece that creates an atmosphere of unease at the outset and steadily ratchets up the suspense, culminating in a surprise revelation that completely upends the story and confounds audience expectations. It's set in a small, self-contained Pennsylvania village with all the trappings of 18th-century Colonial America. The residents have lived there for years, left alone by mysterious creatures that dwell in the surrounding forest -- as long as the villagers don't enter the woods. With the surfacing of serious health problems that can only be addressed by medicine, young Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) decides to risk a trip to the outside world for supplies, despite the opposition of village elder Edward Walker (William Hurt), Edward's daughter Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard), and even his own mother, Alice (Sigourney Weaver). The villagers fear that any excursion into the woods is bound to infuriate the seemingly supernatural beasts that dwell there, and these concerns seem justified after nocturnal visits by the creatures. Shyamalan keeps a tight rein on these arboreal adversaries: Their presence is suggested more than shown, giving us only brief, under-lit glimpses of their fearsome figures. His direction is characteristically restrained and unobtrusive; rather than bombard the audience with shocking images and jarring cuts, he creates an atmosphere of slowly mounting terror calculated to unnerve even the most jaded viewer. The degree to which he succeeds will be evident in your reaction to the film's climax, which strikes some as audacious and others as outrageous.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
UPC:
0786936242850
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
15,658

Special Features

Deleted scenes introduced by director M. Night Shyamalan; 'Deconstructing The Village' making-of featurette; Bryce's diary; M. Night's home movie; Production photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Lucius Hunt
Bryce Dallas Howard Ivy Walker
Adrien Brody Noah Percy
William Hurt Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson August Nicholson
Cherry Jones Mrs. Clack
Jayne Atkinson Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz Christop Crane
Michael Pitt Finton Coin
Celia Weston Vivian Percy
John Jones Robert Percy
Frank Collison Victor
Jesse Eisenberg Jamison
Charlie McDermott Boy

Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Tim Beach Art Director
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Cremin Special Effects Supervisor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Larry Dias Set Decoration/Design
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Frank Eulner Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Foden Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Mercer Producer
Josef Rodriguez Associate Producer
Jose L. Rodriguez Associate Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
John Rusk Asst. Director
Chris Shriver Art Director
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Christopher Tellefsen Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [3:26]
2. Giving Thanks [2:34]
3. "Those We Don't Speak of" [1:41]
4. The Request [3:59]
5. A Marriage Proposal [3:31]
6. The Stump [10:18]
7. Lucius Enters the Woods [4:46]
8. "Don't Let Them In" [3:24]
9. The Note [:30]
10. The Wedding [:41]
11. "We Will go Together" [3:34]
12. The Inquiry [3:51]
13. Noah Visits Lucius [6:28]
14. A Bad Color [1:58]
15. "I Cannot See His Color" [2:01]
16. "Do Your Best Not to Scream" [2:39]
17. Leaving the Village [6:43]
18. "What Have You Done?" [2:47]
19. The Woods [9:09]
20. Something in the Woods [3:53]
21. The Sacrifice [3:06]
22. The Box [1:55]
23. An Act of Kindness [2:12]
24. End Credits [4:58]
1. Shooting the Village [10:17]
2. Casting [2:14]
3. Boot Camp [3:33]
4. Editing & Sound [3:29]
5. Scoring the Village [2:55]
6. Those We Don't Speak Of [2:39]

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The Village 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok. I watched this movie and it was a little less exiting cause a friend told me what happend in the end. I warn all "Do no let anyone give away anything that involves Shyamalan" his movies are meant to surprise, thats what makes them awesome movies to see. Jouquin Phoenix and Adrian Brody are AMAZING actors. I love this movie because it is a truly touching story with great characters and a surprise ending. See it, what have you go to lose? Also this has a rare romantic vision of TRUE love. This is an amazing story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was absolutely wonderful.Bryce Howard and Joaquin Phoenix deserve countless awards. You go into the movie thinking it will be scary but it turns out to be more of an ironic,philosophical masterpiece. The concept of how being afraid of what is outside of your walls takes energy away from being careful of what is right beside you. Also, the village made to take future generations into an innocent society is,in truth, more corrupt than the real world.People that give this movie less than 5 stars don't understand how it is a thriller for how it makes you deeply think about the world we live in. Absolutely wonderful! I am only a teenager and this movie will forever stick out as one of the most touching and pyschological movies I have and will ever see-not like other gory,meaningless movies that seem to be clogging up theatres today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocked! The more I watched it the more I liked it. M. Night Shayamalan is a GENUIS beyond any doubt. You get so connected to the characters. All of the actors earn awards for their amazing performances. When the movie ends you will think "What, it's over!" You will think about this for DAYS afterwords. Just see it. And if you don't like it see it again. This is one of my favorite movies. See it, what have you got to lose?
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever wanted to be deeply touched by a film... this is it. As always, Night's talent in directing and writing comes brilliantly alive when fused with James Newton Howard's hauntingly beautiful score. Although marketed as "horror", it is nothing short of a romantic drama taking place in a village surrounded by a cold, ghostly woods that makes the relationships of the people within seem all the warmer - until the coldness creeps in from the outside, drawn by secrets of pain left to fester for far too long. More than anything else, this is about human nature and way we let the things we dread hurt ourselves - and others - more and more by hiding them from the people we love. It’s about skeletons in the closets. Secrets. But ultimately about the human condition, and the healing power of love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocked! The actors all deserved awards for their fantastic performances. Adrian Brody is one of the most convincing actors I have ever seen. This is a thriller that will leave you thinking, you will have to watch it again. M. Night Shyamalan is a genuis. The next Hitchcock of the generation. The reason people don't like this one as much is because they are'nt thinking deep enough. If you look at it plainly it looks like a simple story with a simple plot. But if you think about it it is one of the most mind bending stories of all time. See it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PrettyFaceUglyHeart More than 1 year ago
The most amazing move you will ever see. The sound track is so mysterious and suspenseful the song The Gravel Road is most amazing I have The Village movie poster in my room I love this movie docent matter what other say just give it a try for me :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Village is Shamalayn's most polished and beautiful work. All though many people hated it because it was advertised as the years 'horror fest.' In order to get people into the theater, he had to make it that way. It is symbolic, and truthful to every scene. it either shows you how horrible society is, and what desperate measures take to escape it, or it teaches you that people are very wussed out, and can't take life right off the back. I think this movie is unbelievably good, and i suggest it to all drama fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Village has its tense moments, to be sure, but it is more of a love story than a horror film. I love it and it's a great date movie, but if you watch it expecting to get the bodily excretions scared out of you, you're going to be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this movie. This movie deals with how to preserve our innocence in an evil world. Even though the trailer seems like a creature thriller, it is more of a romantic drama, with a love story at its core. The villagers in Covington Woods strive to preserve its community and prevent members from dealing with the 'creatures' Those-We-Don't-Speak-Of. This movie has a great twist in the end and features an excellent ensemble cast. Bryce Dallas Howard and Joaquin Phoenix are particularly excellent. If you expect a thriller, you may be disappointed; if you enjoy thought-provoking dramas, you would enjoy this movie. I enjoyed it a lot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had me thinking that it was a real monster in the woods that everybody was afraid of, but it was just some person hanging around. It was very creative so the four stars is for creativity but the minus a star for not good horror...
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE VILLAGE was simply awful to watch! The movie did not meet my expectations at all. I expected the movie to be scary and have a good plot. I believe the actors good talents were put to waste. THE VILLAGE was supposed to be a horror movie but it turns out to be a suspense movie that has you on your tiptoes in the first five minutes. Then they reveal what the creature looks like causing you to become bored throughout the remainder of the movie. The movie is predictable and does not make you think about the plot. The movie stayed in the same spot throughout the whole hour and thirty minutes and only in the last 16 minutes one of the main characters leaves their environment outside of the woods. There were no valuable life lessons learned from this movie.
Iain010100 More than 1 year ago
This movie didn't get much credit. I found the atmosphere to be delightfully creepy, but done in a very realistic way. Well done twists and a solid plot. Don't expect the masterwork level of the Sixth Sense, but also don't expect the disappointing carelessness of "The (Cr)Happening."
Guest More than 1 year ago
m. night is an awesome director. i enjoyed his last three films. but this one is not suspenseful or scary. it is just scares created from an unsuspenseful plot. this is a movie with actually two plots, but they are connected in a matter that gives away the ending somewhat. the ending is the biggest disappointment. otherwise, this is a good movie to discuss. it presented some good ideas and concepts and made you think a bit. good effort,m. night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is too subtle to be classified as a "scary" movie. It is actually a love story first and foremost. Anything perceived as scary or horror-movie like, really stems from what is unknown to the characters. This movie likes to play on how fear of the unknown can confine you and manipulate how you perceive your surroundings. The movie is deliberately "slow-paced" in order to achieve a highten sense of tension, so if you're looking for full-time action and thrills, then this isn't your kind of movie. As a viewer, you are forced to invest in the movie rather than just sit there and blindly expect entertainment. The acting is very well-directed and the cast as a whole is incredible- especially Bryce Dallas Howard. She was a perfect fit for Ivey's complex and intriguing character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best films of all time!!!!!!!!!!! m night shyamalan is so talented!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie I have watched over and over and still I am not tired of it. Beatifully done. From the music to the great choice of actors. This movie was well thought out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good movie, and maybe people don't get it but: IT ISN'T SUPPOSED TO BE REALLY SCARY!!!! Everyone walks away disappointed, but M. Night Shyamalan's films aren't made to make you pee your pants in agony. They are simply to make you think about things in ways you never imagined. Take The Sixth Sense for example. It isn't extremely scary, in fact it isn't very scary at all. However, it makes you really wonder when a huge change of events occurs at the end of the film. I LOVE scary movies, but I also appreciate the delicacy of fine writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was awful. It did not have much of a plot to it and was hard to follow. I would not recommend anyone to waste their time watching this.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
The storyline of this movie wasn't horrible, but it was rather disappointing. I blame that solely on the advertisement. It was advertised as a horror movie, but it was not scary. It was somewhat suspenseful, at best. Anyone expecting a scary movie, do not watch. Otherwise, it wasn't bad. I'm kind of on the fence with this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Captivating shivers in the first half of this film warm to 'Oh hums' in the second half. The filming is good, the acting is good, the plot set-up is good, however all of which slowly atrophy to a disappointing conclusion. While worth the watching, there are no sustained chills aor thrills here. Worth a singular viewing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A total bore, so unbelievable that as noted by another reviewer, it truely was an insult to the viewer's intelligence. A poor, drawn out version of the Twilight Zone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was great. I saw this film with my friends in theaters we loved it. There were alot of scenes where it made you jump one of the scenes scared the living sh** out of me I grabbed my friends arm and that scared the sh** out of him. But there were a couple scenes were I all I wanted to do was walk out of the theater and get my money back the film does recover though. My friend and i didnt know the one chick was blind till half way threw the movie. M. Night Shamalan did get off topic. The previews made the film look like a monster movie but its not. The film was very similar to the film The 13th Warrior. Those of you that like twistes watch this. The monsters in the film look realy corny you realy cant help but to laph. You have to realy pay attention to understand the twist at the end.By the end all the clues come together.It a realy good movie after I watched I wanted to go see it again im gonna buy it when it comes out to dvd. If you havent seen it yet you probly should rent it then make up your mind on if it had a good ending or not.