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Signs (2002)

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Coming Out at 2 August 2002 in theaters

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Signs is science fiction horror film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and executive produced by Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam Mercer. A joint collective effort to commit to the film’s production was made by Blinding Edge Pictures and The Kennedy/Marshall Company. It was commercially distributed by Touchstone Pictures theatrically, and by Touchstone Home Entertainment in home media format. Its story focuses on a former Episcopal priest named Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, who discovers a series of crop circles in his cornfield. Hess slowly discovers that the phenomenon is a result of extraterrestrial life. It also stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. Signs explores the themes of faith, kinship, and extraterrestrials.

Following its premiere in theatres nationwide on August 2, 2002, the film grossed $227,966,634 in domestic ticket receipts screening at 3,453 theatres during its widest release. It earned an additional $180,281,283 in business through international release, to top out at a combined $408,247,917 in gross revenue. The film was nominated for multiple awards, including those from the Online Film Critics Society and the Empire Awards. The film also won an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Considering its $72 million budget costs, the film was considered a strong financial success after its theatrical run, and was met with positive reviews from critics, with some praising its atmosphere and story but others criticizing aspects of the script.

Former Episcopal priest Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) lives on a remote farm with his asthmatic preteen son Morgan (Rory Culkin) and younger daughter Bo (Abigail Breslin). Graham’s younger brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), a failed minor-league baseball player, has been living on the farm to help out since Graham’s wife Colleen died in a traffic accident six months earlier, shown in a series of flashbacks. Graham has since lost his religious faith and abandoned the church.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones, M. Night Shyamalan, Patricia Kalember

Cast:

Mel GibsonGraham Hess
Joaquin PhoenixMerrill Hess
Rory CulkinMorgan Hess
Abigail BreslinBo Hess
Cherry JonesOfficer Paski
M. Night ShyamalanRay Reddy
Patricia KalemberColleen Hess
Ted SuttonSFC Cunningham
Merritt WeverTracey Abernathy
Lanny FlahertyMr. Nathan
Marion McCorryMrs. Nathan
Michael ShowalterLionel Prichard
Kevin PiresBrazilian Birthday Boy
Clifford DavidColumbia University Professor
Rhonda OverbySarah Hughes
Greg WoodTV Anchor
Paul L. NolanMexico City Reporter (voice)
Ukee WashingtonOff-Screen TV Anchor (voice)
Babita HarianiCar Radio Voice (voice)
Adam WayRadio Eye Witness (voice)
Angela EckertSoda Commercial Girl
Jose L. RodriguezRadio Host (voice)
Paul WilsonSoda Commercial Singer (voice)
Thomas GriffinSoda Commercial Singer (voice)
Mark FalvoFireman
Derek MearsAlien on the roof
Chuck PresslerFireman
Samantha SteffenBo Stand In

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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