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[being seduced by Saffron]
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—Wash
(Alan Tudyk)
[Firefly]
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Watchmen [2009] (1 disc)

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Director:Zack Snyder
Writer:Alex Tse
David Hayter
Composer:Tyler Bates
Length:162 minutes
(2 hours 42 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:64%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.


Reaction: Very brutal, violent, and dour, but that's kind of the point. It's not for everyone though.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Zack Snyder => Director
Alex Tse => Writer
David Hayter => Writer
Tyler Bates => Composer
Alan Moore => Graphic Novel
Dave Gibbons => Graphic Novel Illustrator
Alessandro Juliani => Rockefeller Military Base Technician
Billy Crudup => Dr. Manhattan / Jon Osterman
Carla Gugino => Silk Spectre / Sally Jupiter
Clint Carleton => Young Hollis Mason
Danny Woodburn => Big Figure Prisoner (uncredited)
Ed Metzger => Prof. Albert Einstein (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Eli Snyder => Young Rorschach
Fulvio Cecere => Agent Forbes
J.R. Killigrew => David Bowie
Jackie Earle Haley => Rorschach
James M. Connor => Pat Buchanan
Jeffrey Dean Morgan => Comedian / Edward Blake
Laura Mennell => Janey Slater
Lori Watt => Rorschach's Mother
Malin Akerman => Silk Spectre II / Laurie Jupiter
Mark Acheson => Large Man At Happy Harry's
Matt Frewer => Moloch
Matthew Goode => Ozymandias / Adrian Veidt
Mike Carpenter => Young Moloch
Patrick Wilson => Nite Owl / Dan Dreiberg
Rob LaBelle => Wally Weaver
Robert Wisden => Richard Nixon
Ron Fassler => Ted Koppel
Stephen McHattie => Hollis Mason

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Terry Gilliam considered directing this film as early as 1989, but eventually determined 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. After a brief stint with Paramount, Warner Brothers re-aquired the rights and hired Zack Snyder.
  • Casting rumors over the years included Sigourney Weaver (Sally Jupiter); John Hurt, Robin Williams, [?] Doug Hutchison, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, [?] Glen Hansard (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.
  • Zack Snyder cast Matt Frewer after working with him on Dawn of the Dead and Stephen McHattie after working with him on 300.
  • While writing the original graphic novel, Alan Moore was surprised to find out that his intended ending had remarkable similarity to the TV episode The Outer Limits: The Architects of Fear. Near the end of the film, Sally Jupiter can be seen watching the series on TV.
  • Moloch has a copy of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" on his bedside table. In this poem the word "moloch" appears several times.
  • The Hustler magazine on The Comedian's table is from August 1985 and contains the headline "Comic Relief".
  • Was shipped to some theaters under the codename 'Old Heroes Never Die'.
  • The first trailer for the film, which premiered with The Dark Knight sparked so much interest that it sent the graphic novel back onto the bestseller list. Barnes and Noble Bookstores reported selling out of the novel nationwide.
  • If you look closely during the opening credits sequence when Silk Spectre is having her photo taken with the police, you can see the Police Chief slyly trying to look down her blouse. Watch him turn his head and grin.
  • A line said by Rorschach, referring to a pagliacci visiting a doctor, is a line taken by a poem from Mexican writer Juan de Dios Peza 'Reir Llorando', based on famous English comedian David Garrick.