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About the film

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do?  In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.

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.

Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes’ partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).

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Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features

Surviving The Night:   The Making of The Purge:  In this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette, we discover how an act of road rage inspired writer director James DeMonaco to create The Purge, what attracted the cast to the project and how the world of 2022 featured in the film mirrors the world we live in today.    Featuring exclusive interviews with stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Heady, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder and Edwin Hodge this featurette asks the question, what would it take for The Purge to become reality?


Also, exclusively on the Blu-ray Combo Pack:

• Digital Copy of The Purge (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)

• Includes UltraViolet™ (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)



  • James DeMonaco / Writer/Director
  • Jason Blum / Producer
  • Michael Bay / Producer
  • Sebastien Lemercier / Producer
  • Andrew Form / Producer
  • Bradley Fuller / Producer


  • Ethan Hawke / James Sandin
  • Lena Headey / Mary Sandin
  • Adelaide Kane / Zoey Sandin
  • Max Burkholder / Charlie Sandin
  • Edwin Hodge / Stranger
  • Tony Oller / Henry
  • Rhys Wakefield / Polite Stranger