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Dogville (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 23 April 2004 (USA)
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

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Mrs. Henson
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Bill Henson
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Jack McKay
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Tom Edison Sr.
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Gangster
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Storyline

Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace, arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom, the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. Written by Neil Hillman.

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A quiet little town not far from here.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Film 'Dogville' as Told in Nine Chapters and a Prologue  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 83,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$661,452 (France), 23 May 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,855, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,530,386, 13 June 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,604,712, 14 December 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The pictures shown in the end credits, are from Jacob Holdt's book and documentary American Pictures (1981). See more »

Goofs

Many continuity issues (hats on/off in alternating shots etc) are entirely deliberate. There are a large number of quick cuts throughout the film which serve to disorientate and confuse the viewer. The continuity in these cases is never precise and is as much a part of the final film as the script. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is the sad tale of the township of Dogville. Dogville was in the Rocky Mountains in the US of A, up here where the road came to its definitive end, near the entrance to the old abandoned silver mine. The residents of Dogville were good honest folks, and they liked their township. And while a sentimental soul from the East Coast had once dubbed their main street Elm Street, though no elm had ever cast its shadow in Dogville, they saw no reason to change anything. Most of the ...
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits play over photographs depicting crime and poverty in the United States. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Sung by residents of Dogville on July 4th
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A lyric movie about society
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie is not the best I've ever seen, and probably not as good as "Breaking the Waves". But I left the theatre astonished, shocked, sad, confused, and a bit angry with the director, for being so cruel (and true?) in portraying human behaviour with vulnerable people, for using no props, for forcing me to watch the characters in their eyes and facial expressions 'cause there was nothing to draw my attention away. But this movie deserves to be seen, because that's what an artist is supposed to do, to share a bit of his thoughts and views, without giving answers, but arousing emotions and questions: and it has probably more right to be than other blockbuster movies sold by studios with nothing but what people like to see in it.


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