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Watchmen
Watchmen 2009
Directed By Zack Snyder
Screenplay By David Hayter, Alex Tse
Cast Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino
Produced By Deborah Snyder, Lloyd Levin, Lawrence Gordon
Film Editing By William Hoy
Cinematography By Larry Fong
Music By Tyler Bates
Studio

DC Comics, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Legendary Pictures, Cruel and Unusual Films

Country

United States

Language

English

Release Date

March 6, 2009

Runtime

161 Minutes

Rating R
Distributed By

Warner Bros. Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Budget $130,000,000
Gross $185,258,983
Based on Watchmen by Alan Moore


Overview

Based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed 1986 comic book series, "Watchmen". When the sardonic Comedian, one of the Watchmen is killed, only a precious few mourn his passing. But his death galvanizes his surviving associates to band together to investigate his murder, only to find themselves in a dark conspiracy that threatens the entire world in an apocalyptic nuclear war.

Plot

In an alternate world where superheroes have fought since 1939, their very presence has changed history. But is it for the better? The year is 1985 and President Richard Nixon still holds office, the U.S. won the Vietnam War, but the threat of nuclear war is even closer than ever before and the Cold War is heating up.

Gripped with resentment towards their costumed crusaders, the U.S. Government has forced these masked vigilantes into retirement ... all save one.

But when one of their own is brutally murdered, the last few superheroes attempt to investigate it only to discover that this plot goes far deeper and the conspiracy is far larger than they feared.

Cast

  • Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II
  • Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan
  • Matthew Goode as Ozymandias
  • Carla Gugino as Silk Spectre
  • Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian
  • Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II
  • Matt Frewer as Moloch
  • Stephen McHattie as Nite Owl
  • Laura Mennell as Janey Slater
  • Rob LaBelle as Wally Weaver
  • Gary Houston as John McLaughlin
  • James M. Connor as Pat Buchanan
  • Mary Ann Burger as Eleanor Clift
  • John Shaw as Doug Roth
  • Robert Wisden as Richard Nixon
  • Jerry Wasserman as Detective Fine
  • Don Thompson as Detective Gallagher
  • Frank Novak as Henry Kissinger
  • Ron Fassler as Ted Koppel
  • Stephanie Belding as Janet Black
  • Michael Kopsa as Paul Klein
  • William S. Taylor as Prison Psychiatrist
  • Nhi Do as Vietnamese Girl
  • Walter Addison as Lee Iacocca
  • Fulvio Cecere as Agent Forbes
  • Ted Cole as Dick Cavett
  • Dan Payne as Dollar Bill
  • Niall Matter as Mothman
  • Apollonia Vanova as Silhouette
  • Glenn Ennis as Hooded Justice
  • Darryl Scheelar as Captain Metropolis
  • Clint Carleton as Young Hollis Mason
  • Leah Gibson as Silhouette's Girlfriend
  • Brett Stimely as John F. Kennedy
  • Carrie Genzel as Jackie Kennedy
  • Greg Travis as Andy Warhol
  • Greg Armstrong-Morris as Truman Capote
  • Eli Snyder as Young Rorschach
  • Lori Watt as Rorschach's Mother
  • John Kobylka as Fidel Castro
  • J.R. Killigrew as David Bowie
  • Steven Stojkovic as Mick Jagger
  • Martin Reiss as Brezhnev
  • Tara Frederick as Aggressive Hooker
  • Salli Saffioti as Annie Leibovitz
  • Colin Lawrence as Officer Kirkpatrick
  • Chris Weber as Officer O'Brien
  • Terence Kelly as General West
  • Ted Friend as Larry Culpeper
  • Ed Metzger as Albert Einstein
  • Danny Woodburn as Big Figure

Production

Derived from the famous 12-issue "Watchmen" comic series which has become one of the most commercially successful graphic novel collections of all time with over 22 successive printings and helped pioneer the development of the collected comic book graphic novel. The characters of the Watchmen themselves were derived from the now defunct Charlton Comic publications whose characters were purchased by DC Comics in 1985. Alan Moore, a writer for DC Comics had developed a mystery story to revamp and reintroduce these Charlton Heroes into the DC Universe but DC Comics was reluctant to do so because Moore intended to kill off or render the majority of them unusable afterwards. However, DC Manager Editor Dick Giordano reputedly found Moore's story to be fascinating and pushed for Moore to create his own modified versions to use in the story, thus creating the Watchmen.

The immense popularity of the comic book prompted movie producers Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver to immediately purchase the filming rights to the project in 1986 for 20th Century Fox. However many problems, both financial and personnel (from script writers, directors, and film companies) plagued the project for 20 years, stranding it in development limbo as 20th Century Fox had their interest in the film bought out by Warner Bros in 1991 only to drop it in 2000 with Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Revolution Studios, and then Warner Bros. again all briefly taking on the Watchmen project only to ultimately drop it; the producers failed to raise the projected budget for the film; and attempts to film it as an independent movie and then as a five-hour television miniseries; and a lawsuit by 20th Century Fox to block the release of the film.

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