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Signs (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 August 2002 (USA)
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A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Graham Hess
Joaquin Phoenix ... Merrill Hess
Rory Culkin ... Morgan Hess
Abigail Breslin ... Bo Hess
Cherry Jones ... Officer Paski
M. Night Shyamalan ... Ray Reddy
Patricia Kalember ... Colleen Hess
Ted Sutton ... SFC Cunningham
Merritt Wever ... Tracey Abernathy
Lanny Flaherty ... Mr. Nathan
Marion McCorry ... Mrs. Nathan
Michael Showalter ... Lionel Prichard
Kevin Pires Kevin Pires ... Brazilian Birthday Boy
Clifford David ... Columbia University Professor
Rhonda Overby Rhonda Overby ... Sarah Hughes
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Storyline

Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill lives in a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. After hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family grows suspicious of alien activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape. Written by Radhakrishnan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A message. A warning. A sign...of things to come. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some frightening moments | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M. Night Shyamalan's Signs See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,117,080, 4 August 2002

Gross USA:

$227,966,634

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,247,917
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Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

M. Night Shyamalan was so secretive about the script that Mel Gibson joked it "came with a padlock." See more »

Goofs

Crew members, one possibly holding a boom mic, are reflected in the lights of Caroline's police car when she is talking to Graham after they have seen the crop circles on TV for the first time. See more »

Quotes

Graham Hess: People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel...
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In Memory of Bill Nisselson - June 19, 2001 See more »

Alternate Versions

An additional deleted scene was shown during the credits when it aired on a pay channel in the USA. Grahm Hess tells everyone they must go into the basement. He then tells the story of how he accidentally dislocated Merrill's elbow when he was 1½ years old, and that Merrill never got mad at him. The scene ends with everyone walking down the stairs and closing the basement door. See more »

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Intriguing but overly deliberate
1 September 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Graham Hess is a preacher turned farmer since the death of his wife 6 months prior shattered his faith in the idea of God being in control and all things happening for his reasons. When his children awake to find a massive corn circle outside their house, Graham assumes practical jokers. When he sees men running outside his house at night he is sure of it. However when they begin to occur all over the world and are soon followed by global sightings of both crafts and aliens, he begins to realise what is going on, although the reasons behind it are unclear.

When it came out, Signs got so trashed by the majority of critics and imdb users that I decided to skip it. When friends got it out on DVD I was glad of the chance to see it, but wary that it may not have too much to offer. I was surprised that I enjoyed it, but I could also see why so many people had major problems with it. The plot is intriguing from scene one and only builds bigger as it goes along. My main problem with it was, just as the events take on a massive global significance, the film turns to focus on only the farm house. This is OK but I felt I needed to see more of what was going on elsewhere as the small scale action couldn't compete with the bigger picture.

The film has plenty of jumps but suffers from being overly deliberate and plodding for the majority. Every scene is shot as if it is teasing with the idea of an alien bursting out at every minute and thus doesn't feel like it flows or is as natural as it could be. The actual plot is OK but many will be turned off by it's concept that `God has a plan' – especially since they came for sci-fi, not religion. The flashbacks don't totally work and Shyamalan's traditional twist is not as impacting as he probably planned it to be.

The cast is pretty weak considering the talent. Gibson plays it too tight and reverently all the way, it's hard to get with his character considering how straight he plays it. Then on the other side of the coin Phoenix is better because he is a little looser and more comic, but this doesn't sit well with the `on edge' feel that Shyamalan has given almost all of his scenes. Culkin is OK but too obvious while Breslin is better than she is allowed to be and really could have benefited with a bit more screen time.

Overall this is a good story at heart but is spoilt a little by the telling and the fact that, while we all saw it becoming a global sci-fi, Shyamalan was actually building it to be come a much smaller look at faith and God. This clash of aims is hard to accept but there is still plenty to enjoy as well as plenty of jumps, just a shame that the film's final quarter can't live up to the expectation the plot had created.


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