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Watchmen is a story set in an alternative 1985, where the world is ticking closer to the brink of nuclear war, and a plot to eliminate a band of ex-crime fighters is instigated, but why? and by whom? It is up to two of those ex-crime fighters to investigate the plot that seems to go beyond the unthinkable.
This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
Also Known As:
Watchmen: The IMAX Experience
Release Date: March 06, 2009
Runtime: 162 mins
All Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Sound: SDDS, DTS, Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With W
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language. (also director's cut and ultimate edition)
Malin Akerman ...Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
Billy Crudup ...Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
Matthew Goode ...Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley ...Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ...Edward Blake / The Comedian
Patrick Wilson ...Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
Carla Gugino ...Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
Matt Frewer ...Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic
Stephen McHattie ...Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
Laura Mennell ...Janey Slater
Rob LaBelle ...Wally Weaver
Gary Houston ...John McLaughlin
James M. Connor ...Pat Buchanan (as James Michael Connor)
Mary Ann Burger ...Eleanor Clift
John Shaw ...Doug Roth
Robert Wisden ...Richard Nixon
Jerry Wasserman ...Detective Fine
Don Thompson ...Detective Gallagher
Frank Novak ...Henry Kissinger
Sean Allan ...NORAD General #1
Gary Chalk ...NORAD General #2
Ron Fassler ...Ted Koppel
Stephanie Belding ...Janet Black
Michael Kopsa ...Paul Klein
William S. Taylor ...Prison Psychiatrist (as William Taylor)
Chris Burns ...Dumb Thug
Malcolm Scott ...Fat Thug
Danny Wattley ...Huge Prisoner
Nhi Do ...Vietnamese Girl
Walter Addison ...Lee Iacocca
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"Man on the Moon"
"The Times They Are A-Changin'"
"The Sound of Silence"
"Ride of the Valkyries"
"Me and Bobby McGee"
"I'm Your Boogie Man"
"You're My Thrill"
More Movie Taglines:
- This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
- Who will save us now? (DVD tagline)
- Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.
- The existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.
- I am used to going out at 3am and doing something stupid.
- We were supposed to make the world a better place.
- We're society's only protection.
- A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice.
- Who watches the Watchmen?
- [after the intruder kicks the door open] Edward Blake: Just a matter of time, I suppose.
Adrian Veidt: We can do so much more. We can save this world... with the right leadership.
Adrian Veidt: The only person with whom I felt any kinship with died three hundred years before the birth of Christ. Alexander of Macedonia, or Alexander the Great, as you know him.
Adrian Veidt: His vision of a united world... well, it was unprecedented. I wanted... *needed* to match his accomplishments, and so I resolved to apply antiquity's teaching to our world, *today*. And so began my path to conquest. Conquest not of men, but of the evils that beset them.
Adrian Veidt: What, in life, does not deserve celebrating?
- The movie rights to the Alan Moore graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta (2005) were acquired together in the late 1980s. Moore was asked to write a script, but declined. The studio then had Sam Hamm write a script. Terry Gilliam considered directing this film as early as 1989, but after several rewrites assisted by Charles McKeown, decided the material unfilmable except as a 5-hour miniseries at a cost of $1,000,000 per page (with CGI not in use yet). Michael Bay was considered as director in 2003. In 2004 the rights had been sold to Paramount, where Paul Greengrass planned a loose adaptation set in the present day. Warner Brothers soon reacquired the rights for Darren Aronofsky, who also wanted a present-day setting, replacing Vietnam with Iraq and terrorism. Uncomfortable with that, Warner hired Zack Snyder, of 300 (2006) fame. Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg (Rorschach); Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren (Dr. Manhattan); Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey, Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane (Comedian); Richard Gere, Kevin Costner, John Cusack, Joaquin Phoenix (Nite Owl); Nathan Fillion (either Comedian or Nite Owl); Jamie Lee Curtis, Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff (Silk Spectre); Tom Cruise, Jude Law (Ozymandias). In the finished film, Jackie Earle Haley is the only one of the seven primary cast members who was even in the film industry when the movie was first attempted.
The first official image from director Zack Snyder - a test shot of Rorshach holding The Comedian's button - was actually hidden in a trailer for Snyder's previous film, 300 (2006). It features that film's associate producer, Wesley Coller, wearing a makeshift mask in front of a composite New York backdrop, and was created as an experiment by Snyder to establish the mood and look of his proposed Watchmen project. Snyder's wife, Deborah Snyder, bet him $100 that no one would discover it, while he was convinced that someone would find it almost immediately. He won.
Zack Snyder based his storyboards for the film on the panels of the actual graphic novel. He has stated that in order to be true to the source when adapting a graphic novel to the screen, the original visual art should be respected as much as the written portion. Snyder personally asked Dave Gibbons, the novel's artist, to design the first teaser film poster. Gibbons enthusiastically agreed and designed the poster to have subtle visual clues hinting at the film's plot. When casting the film, each actor was presented with a script and a copy of the book. They were allowed to carry the latter on set and re-write dialog to better match that of the source material. Dozens of scenes reenact panels from the novel. A good example is Rorschach squatting on the windowsill about to enter The Comedian's apartment near the start of the film.
Author Alan Moore preemptively disowns all filmed adaptations of his work. When asked in an interview with ReelzChannel.com about original 'Watchmen' writer Alan Moore's dismissal of his movie, Zack Snyder was quoted as saying "Worst case scenario - Alan puts the movie on his DVD player on a cold Sunday in London and watches and says, 'Yeah, that doesn't suck too bad.'" When this was brought up with Moore himself in a later interview in the British Tripwire comics fanzine, the writer commented "That's the worst case scenario? I think he's underestimated what the worst case scenario would be... that's never going to happen in my DVD player in 'London' [Moore very famously lives in Northampton]. I'm never going to watch this fucking thing." Still, Snyder has said that his ultimate hope is that someday Moore will actually see the film and feel it to be a decent representation of the original graphic novel.
Zack Snyder wanted to cast his 300 (2006) star Gerard Butler in this film and even promised him a role. When all the roles were cast and Butler didn't have one, Snyder cast him in Tales of the Black Freighter (2009) (V), which is based on the comic-within-a-comic from the Watchmen graphic novel and will be released on DVD around the time Watchmen will be released in theaters.
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