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The Dark Knight (2008)

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Action, Crime, Drama |

The Dark Knight is a superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second installment of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale and supported by Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne / Batman, Police Lieutenant James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by an anarchistic mastermind known as the Joker, who seeks to undermine Batman’s influence and turn the city to chaos.

Nolan’s inspiration for the film was the Joker’s comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and the 1996 series The Long Halloween, which retold Harvey Dent’s origin. The “Dark Knight” nickname was first applied to Batman in Batman #1 (1940), in a story written by Bill Finger.

A gang of criminals rob a Gotham City mob bank, murdering each other for a higher share until only the Joker remains; he escapes with the money. Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant Jim Gordon form an alliance to rid Gotham of organized crime. Bruce Wayne is impressed with Dent’s idealism and offers to support his career; he believes that, with Dent as Gotham’s protector, he can give up being Batman and lead a normal life with Rachel Dawes—even though she and Dent are dating.

Mob bosses Sal Maroni, Gambol, and the Chechen hold a videoconference with their corrupt accountant, Lau, who has taken their funds for safekeeping and fled to Hong Kong. The Joker interrupts, warns them that Batman is unhindered by the law, and offers to kill him in exchange for half of their money. The Joker kills Gambol and takes over his gang, and the mob ultimately decides to accept the offer.

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay & story), David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (characters)

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman

Cast:

Christian BaleBruce Wayne
Heath LedgerJoker
Aaron EckhartHarvey Dent
Michael CaineAlfred
Maggie GyllenhaalRachel
Gary OldmanGordon
Morgan FreemanLucius Fox
Monique Gabriela CurnenRamirez
Ron DeanWuertz
Cillian MurphyScarecrow
Chin HanLau
Nestor CarbonellMayor
Eric RobertsMaroni
Ritchie CosterChechen
Anthony Michael HallMike Engel
Keith SzarabajkaStephens
Colin McFarlaneLoeb
Joshua HartoReese
Melinda McGrawBarbara Gordon
Nathan GambleJames Gordon, Jr.
Michael VieauRossi
Michael StoyanovDopey
William SmillieHappy
Danny GoldringGrumpy
Michael Jai WhiteGambol
Matthew O’NeillChuckles
William FichtnerBank Manager
Olumiji OlawumiDrug Dealer
Greg BeamDrug Buyer
Erik HellmanJunkie
Beatrice RosenNatascha
Vincenzo NicoliCrime Boss
Edison ChenLSI VP
Nydia Rodriguez TerracinaJudge Surrillo
Andy LutherBrian
James FarruggioMan No. 1
Tom McElroyMan No. 2
Will ZahrnAssistant DA
James FierroThug at Party
Patrick LeahyGentleman at Party
Sam DerenceMale Guest
Jennifer KnoxFemale Guest
Patrick ClearJudge Freel
Sarah Jayne DunnMaroni’s Mistress
Charles VennGambol’s Bodyguard (as Chucky Venn)
Winston EllisGambol’s Bodyguard
David DastmalchianJoker’s Thug
Sophia HinshelwoodReporter
Keith KupfererHeckler
Joseph Luis CaballeroCop Heckler
Richard DillaneActing Commissioner
Daryl SatcherOfficer at Intersection
Chris PetschlerConvoy Leader
Aidan FeoreFat Thug
Philip BulcockMurphy
Paul BirchardCop with Fat Thug
Walter LewisMedic
Vincent RiottaCop at 250 52nd St.
Nancy CraneNurse
K. Todd FreemanPolk
Matt ShallenbergerBerg
Michael Andrew GormanCop at Hospital
Lanny LutzBartender
Peter DeFariaCivilian
Matt RippyFirst Mate
Andrew BicknellPrison Ferry Pilot
Ariyon BakareGuard Commander
Doug BallardBusinessman
Helene MaksoudMother (as Helene Wilson)
Tommy CampbellPassenger
Craig HeaneyPassenger
Lorna GaylePassenger
Lisa McAllisterPassenger
Peter BrookePassenger
Joshua RollinsSWAT Sniper
Dale RiveraSWAT Leader
Matthew LeitchPrisoner on Ferry
Tommy ‘Tiny’ ListerTattooed Prisoner
Thomas GaitschReporter #3
William ArmstrongEvans
Adam KalesperisHonor Guard Man
Tristan TaitUniform Cop
Bronson WebbBounty Hunter
David AjalaBounty Hunter
Gertrude MosleyFox’s Secretary (as Gertrude Kyles)
Jonathan RylandPassenger Ferry Pilot
James ScalesGuardsman
Nigel CarringtonWarden
Ian PirieCorrections Officer
Lateef LovejoyPrisoner
Grahame EdwardsPrisoner
Roger MonkPrisoner
Ronan SummersPrisoner
Wai WongHong Kong Detective
Michael Corey FosterHonor Guard Leader
Hannah GunnGordon’s Daughter
Brandon LambdinArmored Car SWAT
Jeff AlbertsonNational Guard / Police Officer
Tracy L. AldazEmergency Medical Technician
Matthew W. AllenCivilian

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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