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The Village (2004)

The Village (2004)

The Village



Critic Consensus: The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

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Movie Info

M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began.more
Rating: PG-13 (for a scene of violence and frightening situations)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
Box Office: $114.2M
Buena Vista - Official Site


Joaquin Phoenix
as Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody
as Noah Percy
William Hurt
as Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver
as Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson
as August Nicholson
Cherry Jones
as Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston
as Vivian Percy
Jayne Atkinson
as Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer
as Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz
as Christop Crane
Michael Pitt
as Finton Coin
Zach Wall
as Donald
Scott Sowers
as Man with the Raised ...
Jordan Burt
as 12-Year-Old Boy
Jane Lowe
as Brown-Eyed Girl
Charlie McDermott
as 10-Year-Old Boy
Robert Lenzi
as Young Man
Liz Stauber
as Beatrice
Tim Moyer
as Flustered Man
Sydney Shapiro
as Oldest Walker Daught...
Mia Rose Colona
as Middle Walker Daught...
Chloe Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daug...
Sydney Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daug...
John Rusk
as Town Crier
Joey Anaya
as Those We Don't Speak...
Kevin Foster
as Those We Don't Speak...
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News & Interviews for The Village

Critic Reviews for The Village

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (42)

Dangerously dour.

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
New Yorker
Top Critic

different than anything else that's playing at the moment

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Gripping, creepy, and very well acted with a great breakout performance from Bryce Dallas Howard...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

M. Night Shyamalan keeps the story vague enough to work up to his plot twist, and while I won't reveal it here, I will say that I don't think the payoff is worth it.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Shyamalan remains ever the master of mood and of unseen, inchoate menace; he can give depth and gravity to scenes that in other hands would be either boring or ridiculous.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for The Village

I remember being really excited for this film when the trailers were first released, and excited to finally watch it in theaters. Except when that time finally came, I was extremely let down particularly with the ending. It showed alot of promise in the beginning, but failed to capitalize on it.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


A mystery-driven allegory that will disappoint those expecting the frightening movie the trailer wants to sell. Those more open-minded, however, will find an interesting film with an evoking cinematography, though the main twist (two, in fact) does not cause the same impact as Shyamalan's previous films.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

M Night. Shyamalan's The Village started off with a very good premise. The film was scary, and disturbing, and kept you on the edge of your seat until the twist ending. The Village could have been something terrific, but instead it ends up being a dud. This horror suspense film isn't what it advertises it to be. The film would have been fine just the way it, if it wasn't for the ending. For what is, the first hour was very entertaining, but like I said, the ending ruined the entire film. I felt that Shyamalan had another terrific film under his belt, but alas; it was not to be. The Village ends up being predictable, and near the end you realize what the ending might actually be. Other than the film was well acted, but because of the Shymalan tendency to ruining his films with a twist, the talent involved doesn't save the film from mediocrity. There were some good things about the film, but once everything becomes obvious to the viewer (and it does) you just end up not caring for the film anymore. What was great about Signs was that it had an effective mix of suspense, mystery, thrills and horror to create the tension on screen. Plus the ending wasn't bad whatsoever, and nothing is really explained, not to the fullest at least. But with The Village, everything is explained and it ruins the entire tone of the film. Go in with low expectations so that you're not too disappointed as I was. The Village is a mediocre thriller horror film that doesn't deliver the goods.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The Village Quotes

August Nicholson: Let her go. If it ends, it ends. We can move towards hope, that's what's beautiful about this place. We cannot run from heartache. My brother was slain in the towns, the rest of my family died here. Heartache is a part of life, we know that now. Ivy is running toward hope, let her run. If this place is worthy, she'll be successful in her quest.
– Submitted by Justine Mari M (2 years ago)
Edward Walker: The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe.
– Submitted by Matt P (3 years ago)
Lucius Hunt: Are you upset you can't see?
Ivy Walker: I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.
– Submitted by Lucas M (4 years ago)
Lucius Hunt: Are you upset you can't see?
Ivy Walker: I see the world Lucius Hunt, not as you see it.
– Submitted by Lucas M (4 years ago)

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