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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • UPC: 786936242867
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,777

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
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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]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Deconstructing The Village (24:57)
         Menu Group #8 with 7 chapter(s) covering 00:25:09
            Play All
            Shooting The Village (10:14)
            Casting (2:13)
            Boot Camp (3:32)
            Editing & Sound (3:28)
            Scoring The Village (2:53)
            Those We Don't Speak Of (2:37)
      Deleted Scenes (10:52)
         Menu Group #3 with 5 chapter(s) covering 00:11:03
            Play All (10:52)
            The Drill (2:07)
            August's Story (4:02)
            Pre-Wedding (2:30)
            Pipes (2:13)
      Bryce's Diary (4:57)
      M. Night's Home Movie (3:06)
      Production Photo Gallery
         Enter Gallery
         Play As Slideshow
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
         French Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions
            English For The Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles
            French
            Spanish
            Subtitles: None
      Lucas Film THX Optimizer
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
      Ladder 49
      Mr. 3000
      National Treasure
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Word-Amazing

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love, loss, hope, and fear. Excellent blend.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Village

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Village

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Village

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    The most amazing move you will ever see. The sound track is so m

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This is such a fascinating concept!

    The Village is a great movie. It is, in my opinion, M. Night Shyamalan's best ever. It's one of the rare movies I watch over and over again, never getting tired of it, only enjoying the ideas it gives me and looking forward to seeing it again in the future. <BR/>The concept was fascinating, the story was moving, and the great acting made it easy to sympathize with the characters. It isn't a sexy, funny, adventure movie, if that's what what you're looking for. It's a movie that asks questions, and does that very well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Nice and Creepy

    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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    okay...

    this movie had an okay storyline and plot but was a little confusing to follow. i expected it to be a lot better since it was directed by the guy who did the 6th sense. i was also dissapointed because i was expecting it to be scary and (*right on the box, with quotes:) "one of the best thrillers ive ever seen" , and "ranking with the best of hitchcock", and it was neither.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different from any movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!!! But...

    I recently saw Lady in the Water and have been wild about M. Night Shyamalan ever since. I watched The Village a little while ago. It was so cool! I really enjoyed it and was surprised and very glad that it was actually more suspense and thought provoking then just one of those dumb way too violet horror movies. I liked this film a lot but the only thing that annyoed me a little was that the ending left you hanging...but besides that it was very well done with wonderful actors (go Bryce Dallas Howard!). If you like M. Night, see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why any less?

    I don't understand why some reviewers gave this movie only one or two stars. I felt this movie was done incredibly well. A great cast, an involving plot, and a surprise twist at the end made this a great film. The one piece of advice I will give is that one must take this movie as a period piece romance. Don't believe that just because it is written and directed by M Night Shyamalan that it is a horror film. In fact, I don't believe any of his films could be considered "horror" films. Simply imaginative and unexpected. IF you are an MNS fan, please add this to your collection, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Suspense Story

    An excellent suspense story in the Hitchcock tradition. Although on the surface the story seems very simple, a bit of reflection leads one to recognize the depth and insightfulness of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very fair

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1 month of waiting for dissapointment

    The Village could have been a lot better. It was rated as a thriller movie but instead it turned out to be a romance story. My friend and I waited a month to see this movie and when we went, we were disappointment. The trailers to this movie made it seem like a horror story. It was suppose to be my first scary movie to see in the theater. I have seen some of M. Night Shyamalan movies and I think he could of made this movie more interesting. Also when it ended, you think to yourself “Is it really over?” It seems like there will be a sequel, but there won’t because we already know who the creatures are. M. Night Shyamalan should have put more time and effort in to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    Me and my friends went to see this movie at about two o'clock in the morning at a theater on the strip in Las Vegas the day it came out. We all thought it was going to be so scary but we found out the hard way that those trailers were false advertisements. I really didnt like the way that the main character from the beginning was taken out by the village idiot so prematurely. I mean I really started to like that guy. And then to find out that the monster was a giant hamster like some creature from a Goosebumps book(no offense)was bad enough but when we found out it was just the village idiot, it was over. People just dont scare as easily as they used to and if you want to make a good horror movie you really have to step up your game. Nine dollars and a good night wasted. Though it was quite funny to hear everyones reactions when we were leaving(everyone wanted refunds). But this movie does deserve this one star for effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will the real Mr. Shyamalan please stand up?

    If the other reviews posted here are any indication, people either love this film or think it's awful. Well, I wanted to love it -- as I did Shyamalan's first three movies -- but I couldn't. Maybe I was just expecting too much. The first thing that hit me was the silly dialog and its stilted delivery. I don't know how the actors kept straight faces while reciting it. This may explain why some of them mumbled their lines. And concerning "Those We Do Not Speak Of" (the enigmatic beings populating the off-limits forest), they're mentioned so many times that they become "Those We *Do* Speak Of, Repeatedly." The movie is paced so slowly that it practically runs backwards in spots. I kept waiting for something to happen, and at the end of the movie I was still waiting. Considering the talent that went into making The Village, I feel it should have been a lot better. Instead, it's a disappointment. I have one question for M. Night: What in the world were you thinking when you made this mess? I want the old M. Night back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sucks....

    I am really into these types of movies...But this is the worst movie I have seen in years..Its boring not scary and really dull.I think it could have been a lot better.

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