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Dogville (2003)

R | | Crime, Drama | 23 April 2004 (USA)
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A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)

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Lars von Trier (as Lars Von Trier)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Grace Margaret Mulligan
Harriet Andersson ... Gloria
Lauren Bacall ... Ma Ginger
Jean-Marc Barr ... The Man with the Big Hat
Paul Bettany ... Tom Edison
Blair Brown ... Mrs. Henson
James Caan ... The Big Man
Patricia Clarkson ... Vera
Jeremy Davies ... Bill Henson
Ben Gazzara ... Jack McKay
Philip Baker Hall ... Tom Edison Sr.
Thom Hoffman ... Gangster
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Martha
John Hurt ... Narrator (voice)
Zeljko Ivanek ... Ben
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Late one night, a beautiful and well-dressed young woman, Grace (Nicole Kidman), arrives in the mountainous old mining town of Dogville as a fugitive; following the sound of gunshots in the distance which have been heard by Tom (Paul Bettany), the self-appointed moral spokesman for the town. Persuaded by Tom, the town agree to hide Grace, and in return she freely helps the locals. However, when the Sheriff from a neighbouring town posts a Missing notice, advertising a reward for revealing her whereabouts, the townsfolk require a better deal from Grace, in return for their silence; and when the Sheriff returns some weeks later with a Wanted poster, even though the citizens know her to be innocent of the false charges against her, the town's sense of goodness takes a sinister turn and the price of Grace's freedom becomes a workload and treatment akin to that of a slave. But Grace has a deadly secret that the townsfolk will eventually encounter. Written by Neil Hillman.

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A quiet little town not far from here.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Writer and Director Lars von Trier would allegedly sometimes try to strip, and direct scenes naked, in order to provoke and agitate the cast. It was rumored he stripped naked in front of Nicole Kidman. When asked about it during an interview with The Guardian, all he said was "It sounds likely. But Nicole was ready to come back and do more films with me, so it can't have shocked her very much." See more »

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When Chuck takes the scarf from Grace's neck it shows up two shots later, then is gone again in next shot. See more »

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Narrator: This is the sad tale of the township of Dogville. Dogville was in the Rocky Mountains in the US of A, up here where the road came to its definitive end, near the entrance to the old abandoned silver mine. The residents of Dogville were good honest folks, and they liked their township. And while a sentimental soul from the East Coast had once dubbed their main street Elm Street, though no elm had ever cast its shadow in Dogville, they saw no reason to change anything. Most of the ...
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Crazy Credits

An official Danish, Swedish, British, French, German and Dutch co-production in accordance with the 1992 European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production. See more »

Alternate Versions

To fit the needs of some local distributors, in Italy among others, assistant director Anders Refn cut a version of Dogville which is about 45 minutes shorter than the original. The version was accepted and approved by director Lars von Trier. See more »

Connections

References Town Without Pity (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Sung by residents of Dogville on July 4th
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I Have Not Seen A Movie This Unique In Quite Awhile, and Grace Is Far Better A Person Than I.
21 January 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

I did not expect anything of this magnitude when I first saw Dogville. "Powerful" and "brilliant" are two words that are thrown around far too much in the movie business, but they truly do apply here. I would say it was beautiful as well, and while it did have some beautifully rendered scenes, there was a whole lot of ugliness in the film to really be described in this way.

Dogville is different than any movie I have ever seen. The whole town is nothing more than a few props placed on what seems to be a giant chalkboard on the ground with chalk outlines of the houses and other significant areas of the town. It takes place in the Rocky Mountains probably around the 1930's I would guess, however, you will not see anything scenic except for one lone bush (I'm not sure if that has any meaning or not, I'm sure there is all kinds of hidden messages here). I enjoyed this premise at first, then got slightly annoyed by it but at the end, I hardly noticed. Being able to see in and out of buildings as regular townsfolk get on with their lives was kind of nice background and in certain scenes, thought provoking. Who really knows what is going on behind the locked door right next to you? This alone makes the film very unique but it delivers more within the story, itself.

The story begins as Grace Mulligan (Nicole Kidman) is fleeing from something and is pretty frightened. She is caught coming through Dogville by Thomas Edison Jr. (Paul Bettany) and convinces Grace to stay in town after jumping through a few hoops with the people of the town (15 people comprise this small town). At first, Grace makes an effort to befriend the townspeople and gain their trust, and succeeds. After a bit of time, because of things that happen through no fault of her own, the town begins to turn on her. They realize that her choices are to be caught by the police, the gangsters after her or to remain in Dogville (I'm really paraphrasing here for the sake of space). Upon figuring that out, they turn very nasty towards her, in almost every way imaginable and the one person she trusts, Tom Edison, seems unable to help. As anyone watching will no doubt figure out, there is going to be a twist and it turns out to be a nice one.

I thought the movie was great, as mentioned above, but I do not think it was necessary to fill 3 hours and I thought the end could have been a little more... well, just more. They could have had some real fun there. Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany turn in excellent performances and director Lars von Trier deserves some kudos as well. Good job by all! 8.5/10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,855, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$1,535,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,689,283
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2.35 : 1
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