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.

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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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