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The Village

The Village Theatrical Poster
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Produced by Sam Mercer
Scott Rudin
M. Night Shyamalan
Written by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard
Joaquin Phoenix
Adrien Brody
Music by James N. Howard featuring Hilary Hahn, violinist
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) July 30, 2004
Running time 108 minutes
Language English
Budget - Production -
71.6 million USD
- Marketing -
40 million USD
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The Village is a 2004 film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that explores the dynamics of an insular turn-of-the-20th-century village and the collective fears of its members. It was originally titled The Woods, but the name was changed because a film directed by Lucky McKee, The Woods, already had that title.[1] Although The Village ranked number one in box office sales on its opening weekend in the United States, it was not as successful as some of Shyamalan's earlier movies. The Village 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. ... Sam Mercer is a producer of many Hollywood films such as Signs, The Sixth Sense and Van Helsing. ... Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958) is an American motion picture producer known not only for his award-winning films, but also for his legendary temper. ... 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. ... Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress best known for her film roles in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Village and Lady in the Water, and as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimis Spider-Man 3. ... 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. ... Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor known for his freakishly large nose. ... This article is about James Howard, the composer. ... Hilary Hahn - credit Kasskara courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Hilary Hahn (born November 27, 1979 in Lexington, Virginia) is an American Grammy Award–winning violinist. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 in Torquay, Devon, England) has established himself as a successful cinematographer in America and Britain. ... 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 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... “USD” redirects here. ... “USD” redirects here. ... The Village could refer to: The Village, a film by M. Night Shyamalan The Village, a book by Ivan Alexeyevich Bunin The Village, a poem by George Crabbe The Village, a nickname for the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan The Village, the main setting of the television series The Prisoner... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... 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. ... Masouleh village, Gilan Province, Iran. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Lucky McKee in March 2007 Edward Lucky McKee[1] (born November 1, 1975) is an American director, writer, and actor, largely known for the 2002 film May, which has acquired a cult following. ... The Woods is a film directed by Lucky McKee. ... 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. ...

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Plot

The film opens on the funeral of a child in a small village. The death date on the tombstone establishes the date as 1897. As the story progresses it is revealed that the villagers live in fear of nameless creatures in the woods that surround the village. They have built a barrier of oil lanterns and watch towers that are constantly manned to keep watch for Those We Don't Speak Of. It is explained that the villagers have a long-standing truce with Those We Don't Speak Of; the villagers don't go into their woods, and the creatures don’t enter their village. Even so, dead, skinned bodies of small animals are starting to appear around the village. Listen to this article ( info) in media player in browser This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-10-11, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... A white flag is traditionally used to represent a truce. ...


After the death of the child, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) asks the Elders (the village's governing leaders) for permission to pass through the woods to get medical supplies from "the towns". His request is turned down and later he is admonished by his mother Alice (Sigourney Weaver) for wanting to go to the towns, described as "wicked places where wicked people live". It is revealed in that scene that the Elders seem to keep dark secrets of their own in the form of black boxes, the contents of which they keep hidden from their own offspring. After Lucius makes a short venture into the woods the creatures leave warnings around the village in the form of splashes of red paint (referred by the villagers only as "the bad color") on all the villagers' doors. 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. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ...


Meanwhile, Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), the blind daughter of the head Elder, Edward Walker (William Hurt), informs Lucius that she has strong feelings for him, and he returns her affections. They arrange to be married, but things go horribly wrong when Noah Percy (Adrien Brody), a friend of Ivy and Lucius who is mentally disabled and apparently enamored of Ivy, jealously attacks Lucius with a knife, seriously wounding him. Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress best known for her film roles in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Village and Lady in the Water, and as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimis Spider-Man 3. ... William Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor known for his freakishly large nose. ...


Edward goes against the wishes of the other Elders, agreeing to allow Ivy to pass through the forest and seek out medicine for Lucius. Before she leaves the first plot twist is revealed when Edward explains the secret of the creatures — they are fabrications created by the Elders in an attempt to keep any of their children from leaving the village. He does mention though that he had heard rumors of "real creatures" living in the woods. A Plot twist is a change (twist) in the direction or expected outcome of the plot of a film or novel. ...


While Ivy is traveling through the forest, one of the beasts suddenly attacks her. She cunningly tricks it into falling into a hole in the ground where it is killed by the fall. It is then the second plot twist is revealed — the creature is actually Noah in a creature costume that he had found under the floor of the room he had been locked in. It is implied in that scene that it has been Noah skinning the animals all along[2].


Ivy eventually finds her way to the edge of the woods where she encounters a large wall. After she climbs over the wall the final plot twist is revealed — the film is set in the present day (a newspaper in one scene has July 30th 2004 on it, the date of the film's release). A park ranger named Kevin, driving a Land Rover with the words "Walker Wildlife Preserve" on the side spots Ivy and is shocked to hear that she has come out of the woods. After hearing Ivy's last name is "Walker" he agrees to help her.


Once Ivy has the medicine she is looking for, she returns to the village. This sequence is intercut with brief segments showing the Elders opening their black boxes, which are revealed to contain mementos from their lives in the outside world, including one or more items related to the traumatic events in their past.


The film seems to have had a change made to its ending some time after filming was officially completed. Actors were called back to the set 5 months later to film a scene in which Ivy gets back to the village and her love Lucius. [3][4]


Explanation of the storyline

It is revealed that the village was actually founded some time in the 1970s, when Edward Walker, professor of American History at the University of Pennsylvania, approached other people he met at a grief counseling clinic after his father had been murdered in a violent crime. He asked them if they wished to join him in "an idea" he had. From this apparently grew "the village", a secluded town in the middle of a wildlife preserve purchased with Edward's dead father's fortune, a place where they would be protected from any aspect of the outside world, even airplanes (Kevin's superior, who can briefly be seen in a reflection as being M. Night himself, puts forward the information that the government is bribed to keep the village and its wood a "no-fly-zone"). Once the village was created it appears the original "elders" rolled the clock back to what they thought was a simpler, peaceful time. Pre-Colonial America For details, see the main Pre-Colonial America article. ... This article is about the private Ivy League university in Philadelphia. ... A nature reserve is an area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna or features of geological or other special interest, which is reserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research. ...


Criticisms and reviews

A copy of the script for The Village was stolen over a year before it released, so the film was widely "pre"-reviewed on several Internet film sites.[5][6] When the movie finally opened, it received mostly negative reviews[7]. Roger Ebert gave the film one star and wrote: "The Village is a colossal miscalculation, a movie based on a premise that cannot support it, a premise so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn... To call the ending an anticlimax would be an insult not only to climaxes but to prefixes. It's a crummy secret, about one step up the ladder of narrative originality from It was all a dream. It's so witless, in fact, that when we do discover the secret, we want to rewind the film so we don't know the secret anymore." There were also comments that the film, while raising questions about conformity in a time of "evil", did little to "confront" those themes.[8] Slate's Michael Agger commented that Shyamalan was continuing in a pattern of making "sealed-off movies that fell apart when exposed to outside logic."[9] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Slate is an online news and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley and owned by Microsoft (as part of MSN). ...


Fans and critics alike noted the film's (perhaps purposely) deceptive ad campaign that portrayed it as a horror film instead of the drama/love story that it was, something that may have added to the film's negative word of mouth.[citation needed] The movie did have a number of admirers, though, particularly among established fans of Shyamalan's work. Critic Jeffrey Westhoff commented that though the film had its shortcomings, these did not necessarily render it a bad movie, and that "Shyamalan's orchestration of mood and terror is as adroit as ever".[10] Word of mouth, is a reference to the passing of information by verbal means, especially recommendations, but also general information, in an informal, person-to-person manner. ...


The film also was noted for Bryce Dallas Howard's performance as Ivy Walker, which received award nominations from the Online Film Critics Society and others.[citation needed] The soundtrack by Newton-Howard has also been widely praised.[citation needed]


Simon & Schuster, the publishers of 1995 children's book Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, claimed that the film had stolen ideas from the book's story, which features a village whose inhabitants pretend to be living in the 1830s when the year is actually 1996.[11] Jean-François Millet Le Semeur (The Sower) Simon & Schuster logo, circa 1961. ... This page is about the novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, for other uses, see Running Out of Time Running Out of Time is a fiction novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix. ... About Margaret Peterson Haddix She is an author of teen and adult books. ...


Box office

Despite bad reviews and a rapidly falling off box-office the film ended up pulling in a modest $114 million USD, although when compared to its $71.6 million production cost and $40 million advertising campaign it probably failed to make a profit on its opening run. It went on to collect another $140 million worldwide. “USD” redirects here. ...


Cast

As is usual in his films, M. Night Shyamalan is seen in a brief cameo. In one of the final scenes his voice is heard for a time and his reflection can be seen. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the performing arts, such as plays, films, video games and television. ...

Actor Role
Bryce Dallas Howard Ivy Elizabeth Walker
Joaquin Phoenix Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody Noah Percy
William Hurt Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson August Nicholson
Cherry Jones Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston Vivian Percy
John Christopher Jones Robert Percy
Frank Collison Victor
Jayne Atkinson Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz Christop Crane

Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress best known for her film roles in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Village and Lady in the Water, and as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimis Spider-Man 3. ... 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. ... Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor known for his freakishly large nose. ... William Hurt (born March 20, 1950) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Gleeson as Professor Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. ... 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. ... Celia Weston (b. ... Jayne Atkinson (born February 18, 1959) in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK is an American stage, film, and television actress. ... Judy Evans Greer (born July 20, 1975) is an American actress. ...

Awards and nominations

2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
2005 Academy Awards (Oscars)
2005 Sony Ericsson Empire Awards
2005 Evening Standard British Film Awards
2005 MTV Movie Awards
  • Nominated - Best Breakthrough Female Performance — Bryce Dallas Howard
2005 Motion Picture Sound Editors (Golden Reel Award)
  • Nominated - Best Sound Editing in a Feature: Music, Feature Film — Thomas S. Drescher
2004 Online Film Critics Society Awards
  • Nominated - Best Breakthrough Performance — Bryce Dallas Howard
2005 Teen Choice Awards
  • Nominated - Choice Movie Scary Scene — Bryce Dallas Howard, Ivy Walker waits at the door for Lucius Hunt.
  • Nominated - Choice Movie: Thriller

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) is an organization known as a collecting society that protects intellectual property, ensuring that music which is broadcast, commercially recorded, or otherwise used for profit, pays a fee to compensate the creators of that music. ... This article is about James Howard, the composer. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Since 1996, Empire—Britains biggest selling film magazine—has organised the annual Empire Movie Awards. ... Bryce Dallas Howard (born March 2, 1981) is an American actress best known for her film roles in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed The Village and Lady in the Water, and as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimis Spider-Man 3. ... 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. ... Established in 1973 this film award is given to outstanding achievement in British film by the British newspaper Evening Standard. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 in Torquay, Devon, England) has established himself as a successful cinematographer in America and Britain. ... The MTV Movie Awards is a film awards show presented annually on MTV (Music Television). ... Founded in 1953, Motion Picture Sound Editors (M.P.S.E.) is an honorary society of motion picture sound editors. ... The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) , the professional association for film journalists, scholars and historians who publish their reviews, interviews and essays exclusively or primarily in the online media. ... The Teen Choice Awards is an awards show presented annually by FOX (United States) and Global TV (Canada). ...

See also

A twist ending or surprise ending is an unexpected conclusion or climax to a work of fiction, which may contain an irony, or cause the audience to reevaluate the rest of the story. ...

References

  1. ^ Lycos review of the Village
  2. ^ The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb) "THE VILLAGE" - Transcribed by Kendra. The floor of the quiet room has been pried up in one specific spot. There are feathers underneath, and animal bones, and skins... Vivian: "Oh, no. Oh, God. The animals!"
  3. ^ Change to ending of The Village
  4. ^ More views of The Village - aerial
  5. ^ Pre-review of The Village
  6. ^ Pre-review of The Village at horrorlair.com
  7. ^ Rotten Tomatoes: The Village
  8. ^ The Reel Deal: The Village
  9. ^ Slate.com: "Village Idiot"
  10. ^ Northwest Herald's The Village review
  11. ^ Stolen idea in The Village?

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The Village film review (656 words)
Suffice to say that as the villagers' fears increase, so does the intensity of Lucius' love life: wooed by both of Walker's daughters, Kitty and Ivy (Judy Greer and Bryce Dallas Howard), he has a difficult choice to make, and the local village idiot (Adrien Brody) is monitoring his actions with a zealous eye.
The pallid costumes of the characters are jarringly exposed against the occasional glimpses of colour, notably the bright red associated with the presence of the woods-based monsters.
The technical success of the film is highlighted by a beautifully shot forest sequence, where Shyamalan uses his trademark creeping camerawork to excellent effect.
The Village (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1427 words)
It is explained that the villagers have a long-standing truce with Those We Don't Speak Of; the villagers don't go into their woods, and the creatures don’t enter their village.
After she climbs over the wall the final plot twist is revealed — the film is set in the present day (a newspaper in one scene has July 30th 2004 on it, the date of the film's release).
Fans and critics alike noted the film's (perhaps purposely) deceptive ad campaign that portrayed it as a horror flick instead of the drama/love story that it was, something that may have added to the film's negative word of mouth.
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