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Signs [2002] (1 disc)

Director:M. Night Shyamalan
Writer:M. Night Shyamalan
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Personal Rating: 7/10

M. Night Shyamalan => Director / Writer / Ray Reddy
James Newton Howard => Composer
Abigail Breslin => Bo Hess
Cherry Jones => Officer Paski
Clifford David => Columbia University Professor
Derek Mears => Alien on the roof (uncredited)
Greg Wood => TV Anchor
Joaquin Phoenix => Merrill Hess
Lanny Flaherty => Mr. Nathan
Mel Gibson => Graham Hess
Patricia Kalember => Colleen Hess
Rory Culkin => Morgan Hess

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Cherry Jones and Joaquin Phoenix also worked together in M. Night Shyamalan's next movie, The Village (2004).
  • The birthday party scene in this movie has been named one of the scariest scenes of all time by movie critics.
  • Mel Gibson is 19 years older than Joaquin Phoenix who plays his brother.
  • Graham Hess was originally written as an older character. Paul Newman was offered the role, but turned it down, as did Clint Eastwood.
  • M. Night Shyamalan said that this was the easiest of all his movies to write and direct.
  • M. Night Shyamalan insisted that the film posters be released without showing Mel Gibson's face, as it is an ensemble piece, and that it didn't refer to The Sixth Sense (1999), as it's an entirely different movie.
  • This was an unconventional role for Mel Gibson, who says he doesn't play characters so "introspective."
  • Mel Gibson didn't realize Shyamalan was playing the vet until the day that they came to shoot their scenes together.
  • M. Night Shyamalan wanted Mel Gibson because he's "the guy you believe would protect his family at all costs."
  • The production used a new watering technique to make the corn grow faster, which the Delaware Valley agricultural college was then very keen to adopt for themselves.
  • The aliens were originally going to be invisible, but M. Night Shyamalan couldn't get the effect he wanted.
  • The crop circles are real, as M. Night Shyamalan doesn't particularly like using CGI.
  • Joaquin Phoenix replaced Mark Ruffalo, who had to pull out of the film due to a brain tumor. It was later found to be benign.
  • The artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was actually done by writer and director M. Night Shyamalan's daughter, [?] Saleka Shyamalan.
  • The stories of the children's birth are actually the stories of M. Night Shyamalan's two children.
  • Johnny Depp was originally approached to star.
  • 3 out 4 of the Hess family members are played by actors or actresses who are the younger siblings of actors. Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, and Joaquin Phoenix are respectively related to Macaulay and Kieran Culkin, Spencer Breslin, and the late River Phoenix.