DVD 140 mins IMDB 8.4 (80,364 votes) top 250: #88
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Batman Begins
Warner Bros. (6/15/2005)
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Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
USA  /  English

Christian Bale Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Caine Alfred
Ken Watanabe Ra's Al Ghul
Mark Boone Jr.
Morgan Freeman Lucius Fox
Rutger Hauer Earle
Katie Holmes Rachel Dawes
Cillian Murphy Dr. Jonathan Crane
Liam Neeson Henri Ducard
Gary Oldman Jim Gordon
Linus Roache Thomas Wayne
Rade Serbedzija
Tom Wilkinson Carmine Falcone
Mark Boone Junior Flass
Larry Holden Finch
Gerard Murphy Judge Faden
Colin McFarlane Loeb

Director Christopher Nolan
Producer Larry Franco; Charles Roven; Emma Thomas
Writer David S. Goyer; Christopher Nolan; Bob Kane
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Musician James Newton Howard; Hans Zimmer
User Credit 1 Lee Smith
User Credit 2 Lindy Hemming

Batman Begins discards the previous four films in the series and recasts the Caped Crusader as a fearsome avenging angel. That's good news, because the series, which had gotten off to a rousing start under Tim Burton, had gradually dissolved into self-parody by 1997's Batman & Robin. As the title implies, Batman Begins tells the story anew, when Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) flees Western civilization following the murder of his parents. He is taken in by a mysterious instructor named Ducard (Liam Neeson in another mentor role) and urged to become a ninja in the League of Shadows, but he instead returns to his native Gotham City resolved to end the mob rule that is strangling it. But are there forces even more sinister at hand?

Cowritten by the team of David S. Goyer (a veteran comic book writer) and director Christopher Nolan (Memento), Batman Begins is a welcome return to the grim and gritty version of the Dark Knight, owing a great debt to the graphic novels that preceded it. It doesn't have the razzle dazzle, or the mass appeal, of Spider-Man 2 (though the Batmobile is cool), and retelling the origin means it starts slowly, like most "first" superhero movies. But it's certainly the best Bat-film since Burton's original, and one of the best superhero movies of its time. Bale cuts a good figure as Batman, intense and dangerous but with some of the lightheartedness Michael Keaton brought to the character. Michael Caine provides much of the film's humor as the family butler, Alfred, and as the love interest, Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek) is surprisingly believable in her first adult role. Also featuring Gary Oldman as the young police officer Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as a Q-like gadgets expert, and Cillian Murphy as the vile Jonathan Crane. --David Horiuchi

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Edition Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Barcode 012569594159
Region Region 1
Release Date 10/18/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features Not Specified
Personal Details
Purchase Date 10/30/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Intense action violence, disturbing images and some thematic elements.
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Trivia: Director Christopher Nolan decided that there would be no second unit, and so for the whole of the one hundred and twenty nine shooting days Nolan oversaw every shot of the film personally. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Bruce is thrown off the truck after being released from prison, his bag is several feet away from him. In the next shot it is at his feet. (more)

[first lines]
Bruce Wayne - age 8: Rachel, let me see! Can I see?

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 30 nominations (more)