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This B movie with noble aspirations is the work of a gifted filmmaker whose storytelling falls short of his considerable stylistic flair. While addressing crises of faith in the framework of an alien-invasion thriller, M. Night Shyamalan (in his follow-up to The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable) favors atmospheric tension over explanatory plotting. He injects subtle humor into expertly spooky scenes, but the story suffers from too many lapses in logic. The film's faults are greatly compensated by the performance of Mel Gibson as a widower whose own crisis of faith coincides with the appearance of mysterious crop circles in his Pennsylvania cornfield... and hundreds of UFOs around the globe. With his brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and two young children (Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin), the lapsed minister perceives this phenomenal occurrence as a series of signs and portents, while Shyamalan pursues a spookfest with War of the Worlds overtones. It's effective to a point, but vaguely hollow at its core. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Making Signs - Exclusive six-part documentary exploring the movie from idea to marketing
  • 5 Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards: Multi-Angle Feature
  • M.Night Shyamalan's First Alien Film

Cast

Mel GibsonRev. Graham Hess
Joaquin PhoenixMerrill Hess
Rory CulkinMorgan Hess
Abigail BreslinBo Hess
Cherry JonesOfficer Paski
M. Night ShyamalanRay Reddy
Patricia KalemberColleen Hess
Ted SuttonSFC Cunningham
Merritt WeverTracey Abernathy, the Pharmacist
Lanny FlahertyMr. Nathan
Marion McCorryMrs. Nathan
Michael ShowalterLionel Prichard
Kevin PiresBrazilian Birthday Boy
Clifford DavidColumbia University Professor
Rhonda OverbySarah Hughes
Greg WoodTV Anchor
Paul L. NolanMexico City Reporter (voice) (as Paul Nolan)
Ukee WashingtonOff-Screen TV Anchor (voice)
Babita HarianiCar Radio Voice (voice)
Adam WayRadio Eye Witness (voice)
Angela EckertSoda Commercial Girl
Jose L. RodriguezRadio Host (voice)

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Signs marks the third venture into the territory of the supernatural for M. Night...

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 106 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 2, 2002
    EuropeSep 13, 2002
    JapanSep 21, 2002
    AustraliaAug 15, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
  • Also known as:
  • Sign in Japan
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