Signs

Signs

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones
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Signs

Following the smash hit The Sixth Sense (1999) and the under-performing follow-up Unbreakable (2000), directing phenom M. Night Shyamalan returns to the summer box office landscape that served as the backdrop for his cinematic breakthrough. In Signs, another paranormal outing for the writer-director, Shyamalan explores the eerie implications of a 500-foot crop circle that mysteriously appears on the Bucks County, PA farm of reverend Graham Hess (Mel Gibson). As Hess and his family (Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin) try to take stock of what the sign means, and how its message incorporates into their faith, they start to get the feeling they are not alone in the fields behind their house. Shyamalan re-teams with producers Frank Marshall, Sam Mercer and Kathleen Kennedy, and produces the project in association with his Blinding Edge Pictures banner and Touchstone Pictures. ~ Derek Armstrong

Product Details

Release Date: 01/07/2003
UPC: 0786936197600
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Graham Hess
Joaquin Phoenix Merrill Hess
Cherry Jones Officer Caroline Paski
Rory Culkin Morgan Hess
Abigail Breslin Bo Hess
Patricia Kalember Colleen Hess
M. Night Shyamalan Ray Reddy
Ted Sutton Cunningham
Merritt Wever Tracey
Lanny Flaherty Mr. Nathan
Marion McCorry Mrs. Nathan
Michael Showalter Lionel
Rhonda Overby Sarah Hughes

Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Larry Fulton Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Marshall Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
John Rusk Asst. Director
Barbara Tulliver Editor

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Signs 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix are outstanding in this movie. I had to have seen it a few times before i figured out what the film was about, but, overall, it is way above 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just awesome in general. I observe more every time I watch it. It is exciting, suspenseful, and satisfying. Everyone should see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
People look at this movie as having a twist ending, but I would submit that most don't truly see what the twist is... This is Shymalan's best movie so far. The Sixth Sense may have received all the critical acclaim, but let's be honest, that was a one trick pony. Take out the big surprise, and the rest of the movie doesn't stand up on it's own. There was no resounding message with that movie. With Signs, you get the cool twists and thought provoking plot, and a real point as well! Go see the movie. Then see it again. It's wonderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
. . .in this movie big as a crop circle - cheifly why would H20-challenged aliens choose to come to this planet, mainly water, to stalk beings mainly made up of water (not to mention the humidity of PA in summer, dew on the corn, etc., etc.)? BUT - it is suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It confirmed my thoughts on alien visitation: ''they want to eat us'' and brought up the question: ''what would you do if it DID really happen?'' I jumped more than a few times. Saw it in the theatre with my two teenage sons - one said ''sucked big time'' the other gave it a ''did not suck'' - I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
M. Night Shyamalan broke out with his first film, The Sixth Sense, a movie that may very well prove to be both his best and most popular. There are worse fates that creating a cultural touchstone in film your first time out. He followed this with what some thought of as the disappointing Unbreakable. In that line of thought, I must agree that his movie about comic book superheroes looked anything but super. But most of that can be attributed to the cinematographer. In its defense, part of the point was to have the film look mundane. It was about a person who discovers that he's a superhero. It's only a surprise to him if his life looks plain and ordinary, like everyone else's. SIGNS cinematography is much better, more in line with Shyamalan's first film, but in all other ways, plot, pacing, characters, it's a weaker film. Many reviewers have complained about the emotionless nature of M. Night's characters, and he fairs no better here. There are no characters in this film, just caricatures. There is "the brainy kid" who is also "the kid who won't forgive one parent for the other parent's death." Not that the child's a bad actor, but he's a Culkin. And let's face it, all the little Culkin Clones make you think about beating the crap out of Joe Pesci on Christmas Eve, not their character. Then there's "the cute kid' who is also "the kinda creepy kid." Unfortunately, Kinda Creepy Kid was already done, and much better, by Haley Joel Osment, in Shyamalan's own The Sixth Sense. Next, we have Gladiator's ever-creepy Juaquim Phoenix, not as Mel Gibson's son, but as his brother. Now, I'm not saying it's impossible, but it is distracting. I'm sure there's at least 20 years difference in age between Gibson and Phoenix, and on screen it looks more like 30. Brothers? The theater-of-reality is blown in the first scene. Phoenix's character is an ex-minor league baseball player, for no apparent reason except that it's a convenient plot device when it comes time to beat the bad guy in the last reel. He doesn't play baseball anymore, despite the fact that he holds the minor league record for the longest hit, at 507 feet. With an arm like that, why isn't he playing ball in the big leagues, much less not playing at all? The only reason given is that he also holds the record for the most strike-outs. Sounds like a man who played in the majors in Cleveland for a decade, called Jim Thome. Someone should have told M. Night that the top 8 hitters in major league baseball all had more than 100 strike-outs each their last two seasons each. And that even back when Babe Ruth was the home run leader, he was also the holder of the record for the most strike-outs. So it just doesn't add up. And don't forget the town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead. The only problem with her is that we just had a town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead, in The Mothman Prophecies. And Laura Linney actually had the opportunity to add a little thing called DEPTH to the character. The actress here is just another cardboard cut-out, that ultimately could've been cut completely from the film without anyone noticing. But the award for cardboard cut-out character and winner of the prestigious Kevin Costner Wooden Indian Actor Award goes to Mel Gibson. For the first time in film, the man is emotionless, joyless, and humorless. He plays a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. One problem with this is that we saw this character ALSO, just a few years ago when we watched Harvey Keitel play a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. Again, with the unfortunate result that the THEFT of this tired, Stock Character was also A bad choice, as that even in that "We-Know-We're-Making-a-B Movie" film (From Dusk Till Dawn), Keitel was much much better. We never believe that Mel Gibson has lost his faith
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the movie especially where at the ending there was the alien and he put that gas in that kids nose, and they thought that the alien killed him, but he didnt breath cause of the asthma attack. It was so kool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoght it was the best sifi movie ever i sow it in the at the movies 4 times the rest of you suck
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Signs'' is M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 feature, following his dissapointment ''Unbreakable'--which I kinda liked--of 2000. Signs is extremeley well crafted and scary. Tak Fujimoto's photography brings out some of the darkness in the setting as well as some of the light. The surprise ending is not as good as the ones in ''The Sixth Sense'' or ''''unbrakable'' but the ending is still good. So now the question is there, does Shayamalan scare the living heck out of the viewer? Yes. I hardly ever get scared in a movie--save for Kubrick's ''The Shining'' and though this movie is no Kubrick, Shyamalan is still a very-good director and he can tell his story just fine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason why I gave this misleading and often at times complicated film two lousy stars is due to the fact that most of the time I love the directors other works including the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable and that the special affects in the movie were fairly good. The only part of the film that held my attention was when the news channel showed the home video of the alien. Aside from that, this film was most definitely not what the previews made it out to be. Lets just say that if you ever saw the movie trailer, it spoiled all the fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read reviews for Signs, I was expecting to be so scared that I would need to make up excuses not to look at the screen because I was so scared. When I saw a preview for the movie on TV (the scene with the alien on the roof) I was totally freaked out. So I was expected to be scared when I entered the movie with my friends. There we sat for two hours, waiting to be scared. Whent the movie ended, I sat there in sorta disbelief...what had I just seen? I wasn't scared at all! It may have been suspenseful in maybe two or three scenes but I felt it dragged on and wasn't very good at making you jump out of your seat. Nevertheless, I still thought it had good suspense (the closet and cornfield scenes) but I guess I didn't like it because of the faith aspect. Maybe it's because I'm not a religious person that I didn't like it. I also thought the special effects weren't convincing, the alien was obviously CG. So overall, I came into the theater with high expectations and left a little disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Signs is a fantastically filmed and acted story, directed with great Hitchcock-ian flair by Shamaylan. It is what you don't see in this movie that makes it so intense, so believable and M. Night Shamaylan understands that better than anyone else out there. This movie has underlying themes and greater meaning beyond the Alien Invasion. You truly care about the family in the film and see everything that's happening exclusively from their perspective. As a result, the fear you feel is truly genuine. You feel like you are in the room with them as the aliens are surrounding the house... There are so many scenes in this movie I couldn't wait to talk about with other people who saw it: the silouhette on the barn, the ameture footage of the Alien they see on the News, the end scenes in the basement... Awesome. Worth watching again and again. A stunningly unique film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie and all the extras you get from the DVD version, is Awesome... it has you jumping at all the right times... M. Knight is the BOMB.... we loved it..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, it is funny, scary, and suspensfull. It would be a 5 star movie, but i thought some of the editing could have some work. Otherwise the acting was good, the scars where good, and the laughs are good, i recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was so orignal. Most of the time Night can really come up with outstanding material. This has to be my favorite movie of all time. It has great acting. I think the kids did really well. Especially Abigail Breslin, who was adorable. I thought the ending was great, and so unexpected. I also thought that it had a really great message. Please see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great combination of relationships, spirituality, science fiction, and comedy. Joacquin Phoenix is terrific as Mel Gibson's brother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. All the actors were great and I knew it was scary because when I let my dogs out after the movie, I was a bit afraid to open the door!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It flips either way. You either like it, or you don't. I liked it, I thought it was a very suspenseful movie. One so, in fact, that its the first I actually considered leaving the movie theater. I didn't, but there is more. It's sad, funny, (scary), and religious. It has everything a good movie should....and the american public rewarded it with one week #1, then another week a few weeks later #1 again. This is a great movie....I think we can see great things from Night. (today's Hitchcock?)---Joe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have this movie on dvd and i think it is a truly awesome move. the part that i thought was really scary was when The little girl Bo wanted to watch tv, and as the dad was coming back the living room with the t.v. the alien got Bo's brother and was inhailing poison into his nostrils!!! That part really scared me. Anyway i loved this movie from the time i first saw it!! thanks for making this movie a great one
Guest More than 1 year ago
I soooo loved this movie. It is funny, scary, and awesome!!! I thought it was really scary when the aliens were coming into the house and when Mel Gibson chopped the fingers off the alien.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I really did like this movie, but the plot left a little to desire. Moreover, by the end of the film you almost wished for more action--''just show us already!'' will be on the tip of your tongue about an hour into the film. Despite that, the suspense level was good and keeps you on your toes. Not a masterpiece, not a thrill ride, but a good film nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, "Sixth Sense" is not Night's 1st feature film,"Praying with Anger" is. His first feature was shot entirely on location in his native homeland"India", at the tender age of 19 or 20. His 2nd full feature was titled, "Wide Awake", shot in the fall of 1995 on location in Philadelphia at the age of 23. His 3rd feature, "Sixth Sense" was shot on location again in Philadelphia at the age of 25. Mr. Shylaman is considered a veteran in the industry as he went on to produce box office no draws every two years. He usually makes Philadelphia his home for film making and discovering local and regional talent and that I like him for. Am I a fan of his work? "Not Really", most of his genres are the same as he tries his luck as a mystery writer, he is just ok in my book, I would not say brilliant, except for "Sixth Sense". Where he produced what I beleive a masterpiece, his best, only on that one. With the production of his 1st two features, I think Mr. Shylaman would be best suited with writing scripts for family or comedy genres. If he notices the "Signs" I believe he will rise further as one of the top ten if he takes a couple of step back and re-think his approach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And for those who don't cry somewhere else. This movie is not about aliens, it is about one man reclaiming his faith and I was thrilled to see a mainstream hollywood film dealing with this without sounding preachy. It was very entertaining and quite suspenseful. Really enjoyed this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a horrible film for the most part. The only thing redeeming about it is that there are a few laughs. The only mystery in the film is why it made so much money. Not suspenseful at all and the ending is so ridiculous it is funny. The director is an unbelievably bad actor and should stay behind the camera. The worst film I saw in 2002.