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Still of Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix in SignsGraham (Mel Gibson, center) tries to calm his children, Morgan (Rory Culkin, left) and Bo (Abigail Breslin, right), who think that tin foil hats can stop aliens from reading their minds.Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers a message - an intricate pattern of circles and lines - carved into his crops.A baby monitor provides a message from above for Graham (Mel Gibson, left) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix, right). Graham (Mel Gibson, center), flanked by his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix, left), Officer Paski (Cherry Jones, right), and his son, Morgan (Rory Culkin, foreground), soon find that they are not alone – that crop signs are appearing all over the worldSigns


A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.8/10 (149,249 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a five-hundred-foot crop circle is found on the farm of Graham Hess, the town's reverend. The circles cause a media frenzy and test Hess's faith as he journeys to find out the truth behind the crop circles.


Mel Gibson

Rev. Graham Hess

Joaquin Phoenix

Merrill Hess

Rory Culkin

Morgan Hess

Abigail Breslin

Bo Hess

Cherry Jones

Officer Paski

M. Night Shyamalan

Ray Reddy

Patricia Kalember

Colleen Hess

Ted Sutton

SFC Cunningham

Merritt Wever

Tracey Abernathy, the Pharmacist

Lanny Flaherty

Mr. Nathan

Marion McCorry

Mrs. Nathan

Michael Showalter

Lionel Prichard

Kevin Pires

Brazilian Birthday Boy

Clifford David

Columbia University Professor

Rhonda Overby

Sarah Hughes

A message. A warning. A sign…of things to come.

Release Date: 2 August 2002

Filming Locations: Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $72,000,000


Opening Weekend: $60,117,080
(4 August 2002)
(3264 Screens)

Gross: $408,247,917

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The "Brazilian Video" scene was actually shot in Miami, but the children were all Brazilians. A Portuguese couple was also brought to play their parents, but Shyamalan decided not use them because he noticed that their accent was totally different.


Factual errors:
The pizza place they eat at when the go to "town" in reality does not actually serve pizza but makes take home pizza kits that you cook yourself. However, the store is fictionalized so that it does serve pizza for the movie.


[to Bo]
Everything people have written about in science books is going to change…

Off-Screen TV Anchor:
[about 45 seconds later]
Everything they wrote in science books is about to change.

I told you.

User Review

What was the guy on who invented this ridiculous story??? ***Spoiler Alert***

Rating: 1/10

*** Spoiler Alert **** Spoiler Alert *** Spoiler Alert

OK, this movie has a good cinematography and one cannot argue about the

However, who invented this ridiculous story???

Let me get this right:

a) Aliens can travel millions of light years in their space crafts, but
the technology of breaking into a wooden house.
b) For that matter – a seven-foot-tall alien, who can run like an Olympic
athlete, can be locked into a wooden kitchen pantry without being able to
c) Aliens (able to travel space) run around naked and cannot deal with
water. Does this imply that a raincoat is a more sophisticated invention
than a spaceship?
d) Aliens come to `harvest human beings', but can be scared off by wooden
clubs. Aehhh . the human body consists 90+% of water, which the aliens
cannot handle . does this qualify for the `real dumb plot
e) A referent looses his faith when his wife dies (which is fair), but
regains it when he remembers her last words which tip him off that Aliens
doesn't like being beaten with wooden clubs . are there more people who
think this is crap???


f) When confronted with an imminent Alien attack, board yourself into a
lonely wooden house in the prairie – don't go into the next town, arm
yourself and join the local militia / military organisation.

g) Don't have the asthma medicine your son's life is depending on
h) After you boarded up your house, just hang around in the lounge. Don't
fortify your cellar basement and shift all your water, food and medicine
i) Lacking fire arms, don't arm yourself with knifes, axes or whatever you
can find. Leave your vicious guard dogs (who detect aliens earlier than
and could scare them off) outside the house.

.. And the top price goes to:

j) Alien communication can best be observed on baby monitors!!! .
sophisticated civil air control and military radar equipment cannot spot

Well, they don't make movies like that one any more. Hopefully, no-one
never ever make a movie like that one again!!!

My opinion – right down there with `Battlefield Earth' and `Giggli'. 1 out
of 10.