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In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends.
You are not welcome here.
Title: District 9
Release Date: August 14, 2009
Runtime: 112 mins
All Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Nyanja, Afrikaans
Country: USA, New Zealand
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 8.3
Buried.com Rating: 9.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language.
Sharlto Copley ...Wikus Van De Merwe
Jason Cope ...Grey Bradnam - UKNR Chief Correspondent
Nathalie Boltt ...Sarah Livingstone - Sociologist
Sylvaine Strike ...Dr Katrina McKenzie
Elizabeth Mkandawie ...Interviewee
John Sumner ...Les Feldman - MIL Engineer
William Allen young ...Dirk Michaels
Greg Melvill Smith ...Interviewer
Nick Blake ...Francois Moraneu - CIV Engineer Team
Morena Busa Sesatsa ...Interviewee
Themba Nkosi ...Interviewee
Mzwandile Nqoba ...Interviewee
Barry Strydom ...Interviewee
Jed Brophy ...James Hope - Police Officer
Louis Minnaar ...Piet Smit
Vanessa Haywood ...Tania Van De Merwe
Marian Hooman ...Sandra Van De Merwe
Vittorio Leonardi ...Michael Bloemstein - MNU Alien Civil Affairs
Mandla Gaduka ...Fundiswa Mhlanga
Johan van Schoor ...Nicolas Van De Merwe
Stella Steenkamp ...Phyllis Sinderson - MNU Alien Relations
David James ...Koobus Venter
Kenneth Nkosi ...Thomas
Mampho Brescia ...Reporter
Tim Gordon ...Clive Henderson - Entomologist
Morne Erasmus ...MNU Medic
Anthony Bishop ...Paramedic
David Clatworthy ...MNU Doctor
Mike Huff ...MNU Doctor
Anthony Fridjohn ...MNU Executive
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Michael S. Murphey
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"Die Leeuws (The Lions)"
More Movie Taglines:
- You are not welcome here.
- Christopher Johnson: My son's in there!
Wikus Van De Merwe: Get your fokkin' tentacle out of my face!
Wikus Van De Merwe: [Points out Alien graffiti] This is basically a guy, and there's 3 humans here, basically trying to make a warning, you know, saying "I kill 3 humans, watch out for me."
Wikus Van De Merwe: [picks up to examine and fiddle with silver canister] Well, huh, this has got the markings of - so it's definitely alien but it's uh, not a weapon... but I don't trust it, ya know, I don't trust any-a the... [sprayed in face with the Alien fuel]
Wikus Van De Merwe: [Wikus sees the head restraint descend down in-front of him] Alright, that's very clever. [Wikus's head is suddenly shunted forward and we hear a whirring sound] Wikus Van De Merwe: [Wikus shouts] *Argh* Foking Bliksem!
- As part of the marketing campaign in North America and the United Kingdom, posters were put up in major cities on bus stops, the sides of buildings, etc. designating areas that were restricted for humans only, with a number to call (866.666.6001 in the US, 0207 148 7468 in the UK) in order to report non-humans. The title of the film was generally not included, although the URL address for the film's official website was.
The initial premise of the whole film is based on the Short Film Alive in Joburg (2005), written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, which depicted in a documentary-style the struggles of social interaction between aliens and inhabitants of Johannesburg ("Joburg"), South Africa.
The film was inspired by director Neill Blomkamp's childhood in South Africa during apartheid.
Star Sharlto Copley had not acted before and had no intention of pursuing an acting career. He stumbled into the leading role as Neill Blomkamp placed him on-camera during the short film.
All of the "prawns" in the film are CGI with the sole exception of the ones on the operating table in the medical lab. All of the speaking aliens were performed by one actor, Jason Cope, who also played the role of the lead alien Christopher Johnson and narrator Grey Bradnam. The dialogue for the speaking aliens was ad-libbed by Cope, and dubbed over in post production.
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