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The Dark Knight [2008] (2 discs)

Director:Christopher Nolan
Writer:Christopher Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
Composer:Hans Zimmer
James Newton Howard
Length:152 minutes
(2 hours 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
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IMDB Rating:9.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: After getting the squeeze by Batman and Gordon, the mob turns to a little-understood new guy in town just crazy enough to be a serious challenge for the bat.

Reaction: Wonderfully made and superbly acted. This is a great action flick.

Personal Rating: 10/10

Christopher Nolan => Director / Writer
Jonathan Nolan => Writer
Hans Zimmer => Composer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Bob Kane => Characters
Aaron Eckhart => Harvey Dent / Two-Face
Anthony Michael Hall => Mike Engel
Chin Han => Lau
Christian Bale => Bruce Wayne / Batman
Cillian Murphy => Scarecrow
Colin McFarlane => Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb
Danny Goldring => Grumpy
David Dastmalchian => Joker's Thug
Eric Roberts => Salvatore Maroni
Gary Oldman => James Gordon
Hannah Gunn => Gordon's Daughter
Heath Ledger => The Joker
Joshua Harto => Reese
Keith Szarabajka => Det. Gerard Stephens
Maggie Gyllenhaal => Rachel Dawes
Melinda McGraw => Barbara Gordon
Michael Caine => Alfred Pennyworth
Monique Gabriela Curnen => Det. Anna Ramirez
Morgan Freeman => Lucius Fox
Nathan Gamble => James Gordon Jr.
Nestor Carbonell => Mayor Anthony Garcia
Ron Dean => Detective Wuertz
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister => Tattooed Prisoner
Vincenzo Nicoli => Crime Boss
William Fichtner => Bank Manager

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The situation with the two ferries is a classic example from game theory, also known as the 'prisoner's dilemma'. In the prisoner's dilemma, two suspects are arrested by the police. The police visit each of them to offer the same deal. If one testifies ("defects") for the prosecution against the other and the other remains silent, the betrayer goes free and the silent accomplice receives the full 10-year sentence. If both remain silent, both prisoners are sentenced to only six months in jail for a minor charge. If each betrays the other, each receives a five-year sentence. Each prisoner must choose to betray the other or to remain silent. Each one is assured that the other would not know about the betrayal before the end of the investigation. The unique equilibrium for this game is a Pareto-suboptimal solution-that is, rational choice leads the two players to both play defect even though each player's individual reward would be greater if they both played cooperatively. The same goes for the people on the two ferries. If one group decides to blow up the other, they go free ('cooperation', so to speak, with the Joker) and vice versa. Otherwise, they'll run the risk of being blown up themselves. If neither group does anything, they'll both be blown up. The fact that neither group decides to blow up the other would be, according to game theory an irrational decision given the stated terms. The only reason it ends well is that the Joker doesn't succeed in detonating the device to blow up both ferries.
  • Both of the first Bat-sequels (Batman Returns and The Dark Knight) destroy the first movie's Batmobile. Return's Penguin reprograms and controls it before Batman has to "shed" it, while TDK's Batman takes takes Joker's RPG for Dent and it then self-destructs. Both even turn into a smaller vehicle (Batmissile and Batpod) which he then uses to escape the police.
  • The Joker's distinctive tongue flip grew out of Heath Ledger's own habit of running his tongue over the edges of his prosthetic make-up.
  • Body count: 36
  • Early in the film, a witness on stand pulls a gun out on Harvey Dent (Two-Face) during the trial and tries to shoot him. This is a nod towards Two-Face's original origin story in the comics where in a similar trial scenario, crime boss Sal Maroni is on stand and throws sulfuric acid in Dent's face resulting in his scarring.
  • Heath Ledger improvised when he started clapping inside his jail cell in a mocking and sardonic capacity as Gordon is promoted. The clapping was not scripted but Christopher Nolan immediately encouraged the crew to continue filming and the sequence was included in the film.
  • Holds the record for reaching the $500 million mark the fastest, after 45 days. The former record holder was Titanic (98 days).
  • Despite the PG-13 rating, blood is only ever seen three times on-screen (on the face of the civilian Batman that the Joker hangs), Harvey's pillow in the hospital, and on Batman's arm due to the dog attacking him; most of the violence either occur off-screen or is obscured by camera angles.
  • The address of the building where Rachel Dawes is killed and where the final confrontation between Gordon, Batman and Two-Face occurs is 250 52nd Street. Sounded out, this address contains "Fifty-Fifty", a major thematic element in the film.
  • Nestor Carbonell who plays the Mayor in The Dark Knight coincidentally also played "Bat Manuel", a parody of Batman, in the comic-based live action [The Tick] TV series.
  • Bruce Wayne develops and wears a new Batsuit in the film. This Batsuit was an improvement on the outfit from Batman Begins, and made Christian Bale more comfortable and agile in his performance. It was constructed from 200 unique pieces of rubber, fibreglass, metallic mesh, and nylon (producing an impression of sophisticated technology), with elastic banding added for tightening the costume to fit Bale. The gauntlets had their razors made retractable and able to be fired. The suit's cowl was based on a motorcycle helmet and separated from the neck piece, allowing Bale to move his head left/right/up/down, and comes equipped with white eye lenses for when Batman turns on Bat-sonar.
  • Aaron Eckhart enjoyed wearing the Two-Face makeup and warned: "When you look at him, you should get sick to your stomach. It's like you would feel if you met someone whose face had pretty much been ripped off or burned off with acid. There are fans on the Internet who have drawn versions of what they think it looks like, and I can tell you this: They're thinking small. Chris has gone way farther than people think."
  • One of five films released in 2008 (and the only one still running in theaters when the voting took place) to be on [Empire]'s {500 Greatest Movies Of All Time} (September 2008). The other four are Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, Cloverfield and WALL·E.
  • This is the first Batman feature film that doesn't incorporate the word "Batman" in its title.
  • As of its release, the longest film Christopher Nolan has directed.