The Purge

Synopsis: In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): James DeMonaco
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

Those cookies

are crazy good.

They're lovely.

Have a safe night,



Good night!


Thank you, Grace.

Yeah, just what the Halversons needed.

More cookies, right?


The new addition you built,

it's just amazing.

Thank you.

Not everyone had the year you did,


What do you mean?

You know your husband

sold a new security system

to almost every home

in this community.

You know, some people

are actually saying

this neighborhood paid for that

new addition on your home.

Are people

really saying that?

Relax, it's just good old

neighborhood gossip.

Nothing to worry about.

You're too sensitive.

So, are you having your annual party,


No. Too much trouble.

We're just gonna lock down,

watch some Purge events.

Nothing special.

Well, um,

thank you for the cookies.

Good night.

You're welcome.

Have a safe night,


And you, Grace.


You scared me to death.

You can't keep creeping up on me like that,


So, quit playing with Timmy and come

help me set the table, kiddo. Okay?


Christ! Charlie,

that's twice today.

You're gonna give me

a heart attack.

Sorry, Mom.

Look, check it out.

I made some adjustments to Timmy.

I installed

a night vision program

and I insulated his motor,

so you can barely hear him.

And he can now play music to

accompany him on his missions.


He likes songs from olden times.


That is very, very cool.

What is it?

What's bothering you?

It's tonight, isn't it?

Just remember all the good the Purge does,


It's all that matters.

Are you hungry?

A little bit.


Well, take Timmy away and come

back and help me finish up, okay?

Mmm. Okay.


this food is so good.

Isn't it amazing?

Not one carb.

Oh, great.

Not one.

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James DeMonaco

James DeMonaco (born 1969) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known for creating the Purge franchise, writing and directing The Purge (2013), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).DeMonaco's first produced screenplay was the Robin Williams comedy Jack (1996), directed by Academy Award-winner Francis Ford Coppola. more…

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