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163 min.
United States United States
Alex Tse, David Hayter. Graphic novel: Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Tyler Bates
Larry Fong
Co-production United States-United Kingdom-Canada;
Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, Lawrence Gordon Productions. Producer: Deborah Snyder
Fantasy. Action. Sci-Fi. Thriller. Drama | Superheroes. Based on a Comic. DC Comics. Crime. 1980s. Cold War
Movie Groups
Alan Moore Adaptations | Watchmen | Dave Gibbons Adaptations
It's the 1980's and it's a different world. Superheroes have been outlawed, the only ones still in operation under direct control of the United States government. Suddenly, those heroes both still in action and retired find themselves targets by an unseen enemy, who wants to kill them one by one. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?
Rankings Position
2009: Saturn Awards: Best Costume, Best DVD Special Edition, Best Fantasy Film
2009: Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA: Nominated for Best Sound Editing
2009: Online Film Critics Society Awards: Nominated Best Sup. Actor (Jackie Earle Haley )
2009: SFX Awards, UK: Nominated Best Film & Best Director
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