The Dark Knight

Release Date: July 18th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2008

PG-13 |2 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.

Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Monique Curnen

Director: Christopher Nolan

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure , Action

Production Co: Syncopy

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Hospital , Revenge , Sacrifice , Prison , Dark , Witty , Rivalry , Tense , Office , Rescue , 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Christopher Nolan's latest exploration of the Batman mythology steeps its muddled plot in so much murk that the Joker's maniacal nihilism comes to seem like a recurrent grace note. show more

  • 100
    Slate

    Nolan turns the Manichean morality of comic books--pure good vs. pure evil--into a bleak post-9/11 allegory about how terror (and, make no mistake, Heath Ledger's Joker is a terrorist) breaks down those reassuring moral categories. show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Action Performance By a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008)
Nominated Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Makeup
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Nominated Visual Effects
Winner Sound Editing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)