The Village

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Village (Touchstone Movie)

“The Village” is a mystery thriller film released in 2004, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The movie stars an ensemble cast, including Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Sigourney Weaver.

The story is set in the late 19th century in a secluded village surrounded by a dense forest. The village is inhabited by a small community of people who live in fear of mysterious creatures that supposedly lurk within the woods.

The villagers are forbidden from entering the woods due to the perceived danger, and they maintain strict rules to keep their community safe. They believe that the creatures are responsible for the loss of their loved ones in the past and hence avoid venturing into the forest.

The plot centers around Ivy Walker (played by Bryce Dallas Howard), a young woman who is blind but possesses a strong will and determination. When Lucius Hunt (played by Joaquin Phoenix), a young man from the village, decides to venture into the forest to obtain medicine from the outside world, Ivy insists on accompanying him.

As Ivy and Lucius confront the secrets of the village and the truth about the creatures, the film takes unexpected twists and turns, revealing surprising revelations about the nature of their reality.

“The Village” is known for its atmospheric setting, suspenseful storytelling, and its thought-provoking exploration of themes such as fear, love, and the consequences of deception.

While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it has become a touchstone for fans of M. Night Shyamalan’s signature storytelling style and his ability to create compelling and eerie narratives.

“The Village” is often celebrated for its immersive and atmospheric experience and its unexpected plot twists, making it a favorite among viewers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a supernatural twist.

Additional Details


  • Bryce Dallas Howard: Ivy Elizabeth Walker
  • Joaquin Phoenix: Lucius Hunt
  • Adrien Brody: Noah Percy
  • William Hurt: Edward Walker
  • Sigourney Weaver: Alice Hunt
  • Brendan Gleeson: August Nicholson
  • Cherry Jones: Mrs. Clack
  • Celia Weston: Vivian Percy
  • Frank Collison: Victor
  • Jayne Atkinson: Tabitha Walker
  • Judy Greer: Kitty Walker
  • Fran Kranz: Christop Crane
  • Liz Stauber: Beatrice
  • Michael Pitt: Finton Coin
  • Jesse Eisenberg: Jamison
  • M Night Shyamalan: Guard at Desk
  • Charlie Hofheimer: Kevin Lupinski


  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producers: Sam Mercer, Scott Rudin and M. Night Shyamalan
  • Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

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