Signs (film)

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Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, and Abigail Breslin. It was released by Touchstone Pictures.

The film begins with Graham Hess, a former priest who lost his faith after the death of his wife, finding a crop circle in his cornfield. As the film progresses, crop circles are discovered to be appearing all over the world as is other phenomena such as lights in the sky. Graham slowly becomes convinced that the crop circles are the result of aliens and he and his family must prepare to survive the imminent invasion. Although the plot revolves around aliens and crop circles, producer Frank Marshall said, "It's really about human emotions set in motion by a supernatural event."

Shyamalan started the script for Signs after he had finished work on his previous film, Unbreakable (2000), and shooting for Signs started on September 12, 2001. Most shooting for the film took place in Pennsylvania, where the film was set.

Released in the United States on August 2, 2002 and on September 13 in the United Kingdom, Signs grossed $408,247,917 at the worldwide box office, making it the 7th highest grossing film of 2002. It was designated with a PG-13 rating in the United States for "some frightening moments." Signs received generally positive reviews from critics, with a 74% favorable rating at the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.



The Hess family lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is a former Episcopal priest whose wife, Colleen, died in a horrific traffic accident caused by a veterinarian named Ray Reddy (M. Night Shyamalan). The accident caused Graham to lose his faith in God and quit the priesthood, embittered and upset. He cares for his two children, Morgan (Rory Culkin), who suffers from asthma, and Bo (Abigail Breslin), who has an odd habit of leaving unfinished glasses of water around the house, believing them to be "contaminated." He is helped by his younger brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), a former minor league baseball player.

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