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

Mr. Faulk? James Sandin.

Hey, Mr. Sandin.

I talked to John over at repairs,

and he took care of it.

It's all fine.

The system is working

without a hitch.

You are going to be

locked in tight tonight.

Thank you, sir.

All right, Mr. Faulk.

Safe night.

James Sandin's office.

Sue? Yeah,

I took care of Faulk.

What do you know,

did you hear anything?

You're number one,

Mr. Sandin.

All right. Yeah. You got it, sir.

You came out on top.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.


to you, too, Susan.

You don't have

to say that.

No, Susan, it's a team win.

Thank you.

Okay. All right,

well, safe night.

Safe night, Mr. Sandin.

The poor can't

afford to protect themselves.


the victims tonight.

We all got our own opinions.

That's what makes

this country great.

Holly, line four.

What are your Purge plans?

Locking down behind my

brand new security system.

Pete from Northern Virginia,

what's your Purge plan?

I'm gonna

hunt down my boss.

That son of a b*tch

has it coming.

Clearly, more people will be

Purging this year than ever before.

American streets will

be running red tonight,

when people release the beast

in record numbers.

Mr. Cali! You're getting one

last walk in before lockdown, huh?


Did you do the systems

check I recommended?

Of course.

No problems.

Yeah, it's the same one I use.

I only sell the best.


bothering us tonight.

You have a safe night, Mr. Sandin.


Don't forget to buy your blue Baptisias.

Display those flowers

proudly, folks, okay?

Show your support

for this important evening.

Safe night to everyone.

Home again, home again.


Release the beast,

and Purge in our American streets.

Your New Founding Fathers...

Hey, honey, I'm home!

I'm in the kitchen.

What a day, what a day.

Everybody's doing security checks,

it's crazy.

Traffic's even worse

than last year.

Something smells good.




I'll put them in water,

get them outside.


Where are the kids?

Their rooms, of course.

We got an hour before commencement,



Dinner's nearly ready,

so, uh, hurry up.

All right.

Well, I have to make a few phone calls.



One thing?


Zoey is getting worse.

She's been pouting all day.

I can't stand it.

So, you're gonna have to do

something about the Henry situation.

There's nothing

to do about it.

He's 18,

he's not getting any younger.

She's just gonna have to sulk.

She'll get over it.

But I've got some good

news for all of us.

I'll tell you at dinner.

History has

proven this over and over again.

We are inherently

a violent species.

Wars, genocide, murder.

The denial of our true

selves is the problem.

The Purge not only contains societal

violence to a single evening,

but the country-wide catharsis

creates psychological stability

by letting us release the aggression

we all have inside of us.

I love you.

Let's growl.




Because everyone says,

"I love you."

It's used, and we need

to find our own thing.


Go like this...

No, I'll look silly.

Come on.


Do it. It's our way of saying,

"I love you." Try it.

Do it.

I think my dad's home.

- I'm sorry, baby.

- You've got to get going.

I'm sorry.

And you have to get

home before lockdown.

Come on.

Come here.

Someone's getting

ready for tonight.

Be careful.


I'm so glad I caught you.

I come bearing gifts.

What have I done

to deserve a gift, Grace?

Oh, I have a new hobby.

Baking. Grace. Mary.

I made way

too many cookies.


Ooh! Cookies!

I hope you're hungry.

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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