FACTOID # 7: The top five best educated states are all in the Northeast.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Signs (film)
Signs
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by Frank Marshall
Sam Mercer
M. Night Shyamalan
Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) August 2, 2002
Running time 106 min.
Language English
Budget $72 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Signs is a 2002 science fiction thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. Although the plot revolves around aliens and crop circles, producer Frank Marshall said, "It's really about human emotions set in motion by a supernatural event." Shyamalan, who also plays a neighbor in the film, was inspired by Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Birds.[citation needed] The film received above-average critical success and was one of the highest grossing films of 2002. The Signs movie poster This work is copyrighted. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Frank Marshall (born September 13, 1946) is an American movie producer and director, often working in collaboration with Kathleen Kennedy. ... Sam Mercer is a producer of many Hollywood films such as Signs, The Sixth Sense and Van Helsing. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Culkin in Signs, 2002 Rory Hugh Culkin (born July 21, 1989) is an American actor. ... Abigail Kathleen Breslin (born April 14, 1996)[1] is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A crop circle consisting of multiple circles. ... Frank Marshall (born September 13, 1946) is a four-times Academy Award-nominated American movie producer and director, often working in collaboration with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film. ... The Birds is a 1963 horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...

Contents

Plot

The Hess family lives on a farm in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Graham Hess is a former Episcopal priest who lost his faith after the death of his wife Colleen, in a horrific traffic accident caused by Ray Reddy (played by M. Night Shyamalan), a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. No longer practicing religiously, Graham lives with his two children, Bo and Morgan, and his devoted brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix). Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Bucks Founded Incorporated 1745 1838 (Borough) Area  - Borough  2. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... This article is about religious workers. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ...

Mel Gibson as Graham Hess in Signs

Things are fairly steady in his life until a mysterious crop circle appears in his cornfield. Its origin and purpose is unknown; some townspeople speculate that it may be a prank while a few others think that it may have been created by intelligent alien life-forms. Throughout the film, we learn that Bo has a peculiar aversion to water that is not fresh from the faucet, leaving behind half-consumed glasses of water around the house (or wherever she has been). Image File history File links Gibsonsigns. ... Image File history File links Gibsonsigns. ... A crop circle consisting of multiple circles. ... “Green people” redirects here. ... Impact from a water drop causes an upward rebound jet surrounded by circular capillary waves. ...


As the story progresses, it is clear that Graham's farm is under watch; one night, he and Merrill chase a tall, dark figure who was spying on them from the roof of their barn. The mysterious being disappears into the crops, moving faster and disappearing far easier than anyone can explain. Soon Graham and his family are shocked to learn that similar crop circles have suddenly appeared all over the world in ways too quickly to be merely a grand, elaborate hoax. Graham tries to distract his family from the facts by taking them into town, but Morgan and Bo buy a book about extra-terrestrials to try to make sense of what’s happening. A teenage girl asks Graham to hear her confession and the family sees Reddy, who drives away to avoid facing them.


During the trip back home, Morgan picks up strange clicking and popping alien communication noises on Bo’s baby monitor (which he was using as a walkie talkie). Graham continues to avoid turning news broadcasts about the crop circles until he hears the same strange clicking noises in the corn field at night and catches a glimpse of an alien’s leg in the corn.

one of the many crop circles seen in the film

He then lets Morgan turn on the TV and the entire family watches a news report about a sighting of unidentified lights over Mexico City, presumed to be of alien origin. The situation turns even more curious when the objects become invisible in the daylight. However, the government and news agencies are certain that they are still floating above Earth, due to the fact that a flying bird was seen colliding with an invisible object in the sky. Image File history File links Signs_circle2. ... Image File history File links Signs_circle2. ...


The next day, Graham receives a cryptic call from Reddy and drives over to his house to check on him. The guilt-ridden veterinarian's enigmatic monologue expresses regret for the accidental death of Graham's wife and his theories about what is happening, such as the fact that he noticed "they" don't seem to create crop circles near water. Before driving off to the lake for safety, Reddy tells Graham that he’s trapped one of “them” in his pantry. Graham, still needing proof that this isn’t some sort of hoax, enters Reddy’s house and tries to get a look at the intruder by holding a kitchen knife under the pantry door to use as a mirror. After a few moments of silence, a distinctly alien hand lunges for him from under the door, and he cuts off two of its clawed fingers, prompting Graham and the intruder to scream. While Graham is at Reddy's home, Merrill sees startling video footage on the news of an alien that was spotted during a boy's birthday party in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Graham returns home shellshocked, and finds his family waiting for him on the sofa, wearing pointed hats made of aluminum foil to prevent the aliens from reading their minds. Merrill tells Graham that the aliens' skin can change color, hence their nocturnal invisibility. Learning from Morgan that they would probably invade if they were hostile and believing that the aliens are about to invade if they were so, Graham comes up with two alternatives: going to the lake, in hope that the aliens do not like water as Reddy supposed earlier, or staying home. After a family vote, they decide to stay home and they board up all the doors and windows. While Graham and Merrill do this, Morgan and Bo watch the news and find out that the mysterious airborne lights are now visible over approximately 274 cities worldwide, and the number is growing rapidly. Look up veterinarian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Nickname: Motto: Better every day Location in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Coordinates: Country Brazil Region South State Rio Grande do Sul Founded 1827 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Airton Lângaro Dipp Area  - City 780 km²  (301. ... Flag of Rio Grande do Sul See other Brazilian States Capital Porto Alegre Largest City Porto Alegre Area 282,062 km² Population   - Total   - Density 10. ... Aluminium foil (aluminum foil in North American English) is aluminium prepared in thin sheets (on the order of . ...


They board up the last doors and windows and go to the living room, waiting for the aliens. Soon after, three aliens climb up onto the roof and get in through the attic. When Merrill realizes that they forgot to board up the attic access door in the ceiling, the family decides to hide in the basement and use a mattock to prop the basement door closed. They hear the aliens banging and on the door, but Graham soon concludes that they're just trying to distract them as they search for another way in. He remembers that there is an old coal chute somewhere in the basement. As it turns out, Morgan is standing right in from of it and an alien’s hand reaches through to grab his face. Graham and Merrill manage to ward off the alien and seal the entrance, but Morgan begins having a severe asthma attack and no one has his medicine. As they sit together, Graham attempts to calm Morgan down by talking to him. Appearing close to breaking point, he whispers "I hate you" and "Don't do this to me again" apparently aimed at God, who he blames for taking his wife from him. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


The next morning, they hear on the radio that the aliens are retreating, even leaving behind their wounded. Graham wants to know for sure before opening up the door, looking at Morgan and saying he won't survive another attack. They reach for the baby monitor in his pocket and see that there is no signal coming in, indicating that the alien spaceships must be gone. The family returns upstairs to discover their house ransacked. The local news reports that the aliens invaded the whole world, kidnapping people and gassing them.


Before the family can celebrate, the alien whose claws Graham severed earlier appears and takes Morgan hostage. It sprays a poisonous gas into Morgan's face from a spine beneath its wrist. Graham has a flashback of his wife dying, and recalls her last words, telling him to "see" and to tell Merrill to "swing away." In a revelatory moment, Graham sees what he feels is a purpose behind these events, and he tells Merrill to "swing away." Merrill takes his baseball bat down from the wall and attacks the alien with it as Graham grabs Morgan's medicine and takes the children outside. The alien falls backwards into a half-empty glass of water that Bo left out, and it burns through its flesh. As Merrill looks around, he realizes Bo's glasses of water she has left behind can be used to fight the alien. He begins to attack the alien through hitting the glasses and spraying the water onto its body, eventually killing it when a full glass falls on its face. Four historically significant baseball bats showcased in the National Baseball Hall of Fames traveling exhibit Baseball As America. ...


Joining the others outside, Merrill finds that Morgan is not breathing and fears the worst, but Graham explains that the asthma has closed Morgan's lungs, saving him from the poisonous gas. Moments later, Morgan's lungs open and he appears to be on the road to recovery. The final scene shows Graham in his bedroom that winter, preparing for mass. His faith has been restored.


Cast

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... The Reverend is an honorary prefix added to the names of Christian clergy and ministers. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Culkin in Signs, 2002 Rory Hugh Culkin (born July 21, 1989) is an American actor. ... Abigail Kathleen Breslin (born April 14, 1996)[1] is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Cherry Jones with Gabriel Byrne on the poster for the 2000 Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is a Tony Award-winning American actress. ... Manoj Nelliattu Shyamalan (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, //, is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and director, who also performs smaller roles in his own movies. ... Patricia Kathryn Kalember (born December 30, 1956[1] or 1957) is an American actress. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Sergeant First Class insignia Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Army, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant, and is a non-commissioned officer. ...

Structure

The story is presented chronologically except for the scenes detailing the death of Graham's wife. There are several of these flashbacks, sometimes repeating the same footage, but progressively revealing more details. The film's dramatic structure resembles others of its genre (especially Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds) but with some surprises, notably its exploration of the deeper psychological and religious aspects of human-felt terror. One of the first images we see is a cross-shaped "clean spot" on the wall of Graham's bedroom. We infer that the cross was removed when the death of Graham's wife precipitated his crisis of faith, yet its image remains. People can't stop calling him "Father", though he asks them not to, and a girl in town insists he hear her confession. Most poignantly, throughout the building terror, Graham's family looks to him for pastoral reassurance, which he can't (or won't) provide. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... The Birds is a 1963 horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. ...


The suspense builds slowly at first, though not without foreboding (early on, Houdini, one of the Hess' family dogs, is skewered with a barbecue fork). Graham insists the family go about its business normally, but the children quickly size up the impending alien invasion, finally confirmed by worldwide television coverage. A pivotal dramatic moment is the late-night whispered exchange between Graham and Merrill, in which each stakes out his philosophical position on the impending tragedy.


The twist at the end of Signs is a little different from Shyamalan's other films, like The Sixth Sense. In those films, some important fact is withheld from the audience until the end; in Signs, it is the meaning of the facts that is revealed. As the family battles the now-visible enemy, the disconnected details of the story (Morgan's asthma, Bo's placing of multiple cups of water around the house, Colleen's apparently nonsensical last words) all come to rapid-fire convergence with Graham's understanding of the "signs". Thus the title itself is a double entendre referring to the crop signs made by the aliens, and the revelations Graham had. For the ability sometimes referred to as sixth sense, see Extra-sensory perception. ... A double entendre is a figure of speech similar to the pun, in which a spoken phrase can be understood in either of two ways. ...


Deleted scenes

On the DVD, there are some deleted scenes: DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

  • Flashbacks 1 and 2: Two scenes with Graham's wife, Colleen. In one, she dances with him, and in another, she is sitting with a toddler Morgan and baby Bo in a rocking chair while Graham watches.
  • The dead bird: With no sound, this scene shows Graham going back home from Ray's, and after a short time, a dead bird near the road (after supposedly hitting an invisible forcefield) is shown.
  • The attic door and the third story: The longest one, it starts with Merrill finding out about the not-boarded attic door. Despite Graham's efforts to call him back, Merrill goes up the stairs and manages to hold the door by climbing up a chair and putting his hands at the door. Trying to help, Graham looks for a way to hold the door. He gets a tall shelving unit, and places it under the door. Knowing this is only a temporary solution, Graham gets his family and take them to a small room and put some chairs at the door to hold the aliens out of the room. There, he tells the "third story", about Merril, in which he broke his arm. Then everyone goes down to the basement, the only safe (but with no exit) room available.

Reception

Signs garnered above average reviews from movie critics.[1] It grossed nearly $228 million domestically and $408 million worldwide[2] at the box office, ranking only behind The Sixth Sense in Shyamalan's box office success and grossing more than The Village and Unbreakable combined. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... For the ability sometimes referred to as sixth sense, see Extra-sensory perception. ... This article is about the 2004 film. ... This article is about the film. ...


In 2004, it was listed as #77 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments for the Brazilian birthday party scene. This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...


Trivia

  • The Brazilian birthday party scene resembles the purported real life events of the Varginha UFO incident, and may be based on them.
  • The first scenes shot on this movie were of the incident with Graham's wife the night she dies. This was filmed on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on New York; before they commenced filming, the film crew held an all-night vigil to honor the victims of the attack.[citation needed]
  • The rescue squad used in the film is not from Newtown, Pennsylvania, but rather from Bristol, Pennsylvania a bit south. The reason for this is they are the only squad in Bucks County whose ambulances have markings needed for the film. All other squads in the area have the township they are from written on the side. The Bristol Squad (#143) have only "Bucks County Rescue Squad" written on the side, this allows for the accident to happen anywhere in the county and allow for the proper amount of time to pass before Mel Gibson's character arrives on scene. Another film by Shyamalan, Lady in the Water, is filmed in the same area the rescue squad services (Levittown, Pennsylvania).
  • Sinai Beach, a Christian metalcore band opens up their song "Candice" with Joaquin Phoenix's line "I saw your eyes last night, I don't want to ever see your eyes like that again."
  • The exterior shots of the farmhouse were filmed on the property of Delaware Valley College, located just outside of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. The house was merely a shell and has since been torn down.
  • A stage set was built on State Road in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania for many of the interior shots.
  • Shyamalan originally wrote the character of Graham Hess to be much older. Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood were both considered for the role; Newman turned it down while Eastwood was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict. Hess' children in the final version were originally to be his grandchildren had either Newman or Eastwood accepted the role, with Merrill to play his nephew.[3]
  • Mark Ruffalo was originally going to play Merrill Hess but had to withdraw due to illness. The role later went to Joaquin Phoenix.[4]
  • This film is heavily satirized by the movie Scary Movie 3, such as when Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen) says of invading aliens, "they mastered space flight, but they can't get through a wooden door?".
  • In "Orpheus", a season 7 episode of Stargate SG-1, Sam and Daniel talk about the movie. Sam remarks, about the aliens' sensitivity to water: "Why go to all the trouble to invade a planet that's two-thirds water?"
  • The film is parodied in Lifted, a computer-animated Pixar short film. The film starts out by showing a farmhouse in front of a cornfield in the evening, followed by the bench on the front porch starting to swing mysteriously on its own and the windmill beginning to move, which is exactly what happened in Signs. However, these events are followed by the abrupt appearance of a large alien spaceship which is attempting to beam the house's owner.
  • In the episode "Yes, Monsignor" of the series Two And A Half Men Charlie (Charlie Sheen) uses the intracom to contact aliens.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The Varginha UFO incident was an incident in Varginha, Brazil, in 1996 involving reports of unidentified flying objects and strange creatures (allegedly extraterrestrials) which were supposedly captured by Brazilian officials. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... This article is about the state. ... Vigil, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (XIV century) This article is about the period of sleeplessness. ... Newtown is the name of some places in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Newtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Bristol is a borough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 23 miles (37 km) northeast of Philadelphia opposite Burlington, N.J. on the Delaware River. ... Bucks County is a county located in the state of Pennsylvania. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American-Australian actor, Academy Award winning director and producer. ... Lady in the Water is a 2006 thriller/fantasy film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and also produced by Sam Mercer and Jose L. Rodriguez. ... Aerial view of Levittown, Pennsylvania circa 1959 Levittown, Pennsylvania is a census-designated place (CDP) and suburban community located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, within the Philadelphia metropolitan area. ... Sinai Beach is a Christian Metalcore band that was formed in Riverside, California in 2000 by vocalist CJ Alderson, guitarist Logan Lambert, drummer Mike Dunlap, and bassist Jeff Santo. ... Delaware Valley College was founded in 1896 by Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf as The National Farm School to educate Jewish youth in farming. ... Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Bucks Founded Incorporated 1745 1838 (Borough) Area  - Borough  2. ... Bensalem Township is a township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. ... This article is about the American actor and race team owner. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967) is an American actor. ... Scary Movie 3 (2003) is an American comedy film directed by David Zucker and is the third film of the Scary Movie franchise. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965 as Carlos Irwin Estévez ) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ... Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated as SG-1) is a science fiction television series, part of the Stargate franchise. ... Lifted is a 2006 Pixar computer animated short film directed by Gary Rydstrom. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA) notable for its seven Academy Awards. ... Two and a Half Men is an Emmy-nominated television sitcom centered around a freewheeling bachelor, Charlie, whose carefree lifestyle is interrupted when his newly separated brother, Alan, moves in, along with Alans son Jake. ... Charles Irwin Sheen (born September 3, 1965 as Carlos Irwin Estévez ) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy-nominated American actor. ...

See also

Roswell Daily Record, July 8, 1947, announcing the capture of a flying saucer. ... The Varginha UFO incident was an incident in Varginha, Brazil, in 1996 involving reports of unidentified flying objects and strange creatures (allegedly extraterrestrials) which were supposedly captured by Brazilian officials. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/signs/
  2. ^ IMDB.com, "Box office-business for Signs"
  3. ^ http://www.signsmovie.co.uk/india_west.html
  4. ^ http://www.notstarring.com/actors/ruffalo-mark

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m