The Dark Knight

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Original title
The Dark Knightaka
  • Batman: The Dark Knight
Running time
152 min.
United States United States
Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Jonathan Nolan (Characters: Bob Kane)
James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer
Wally Pfister
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Co-production USA-UK; Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures
Thriller. Action. Drama | Superheroes. Based on a Comic. DC Comics. Sequel. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
Batman | The Dark Knight trilogy
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Synopsis / Plot
Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker (Heath Ledger).
2008: 2 Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor (H. Ledger), Sound. 8 Nom.
2008: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger)
2008: BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger). 9 Nominations
2008: Festival Toronto: Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger)
2008: Goya Awards: Nominated for Best European Movie
2008: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actor (Ledger)
2008: American Film Institute: Top 10 - Best Movies of the Year
2008: Saturn Awards: 5 prizes including Best Action Film. 11 nominations.
2008: Art Directors Guild: Excellence in Production Design Award in Fantasy Film
2008: Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Action Movie; Supp. Actor. 6 nom.
2008: National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
2008: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2008: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Action Movie, Supp. Actor. 6 Nominations
2008: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Ledger). 6 Nominations
2008: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2008: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2008: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2008: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Supp. Actor (Ledger) & Best Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Critics' reviews
  • "Batman isn't a comic book anymore. Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' is a haunted film that leaps beyond its origins and becomes an engrossing tragedy. (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of four)."
  • "Pitched at the divide between art and industry, poetry and entertainment, it goes darker and deeper than any Hollywood movie of its comic-book kind."
  • "[Ledger's] performance is also the most interesting thing in the film, and when the Joker is absent, The Dark Knight loses most of its energy and dynamism."
  • "When was the last time you saw a blockbuster that was impeccably executed and simultaneously thought-provoking, audacious and unnerving while consistently being fun and entertaining? (...) Rating: ★★★★ (out of four)."
  • "No fair giving away the mysteries of The Dark Knight. It's enough to marvel at the way Nolan --a world-class filmmaker-- brings pop escapism whisper-close to enduring art. (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of four)."
  • "The Dark Knight" rewrote the box-office record books in its first weekend. The film raked in $158.4 million dollars, crushing the previous North American box-office opening record of $151.1 million held by "Spider-Man 3". Total Gross in USA: $530 million dollars (ranked 2nd in the history after "Titanic"). Film Budget: $180 million dollars.
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