The First Purge Movie

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 Who’s Involved:


Michael Bay, James DeMonaco, Jason Blum, Andrew Form, Luna Lauren Velez, Lex Scott Davis, Brad Fuller, Couper Samuelson, Steve Harris, Mo McRae… more »


 Release Date:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Nationwide)

strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use
 Runtime: 1 hr, 52 m
 Language: English

Plot: What’s the story about?

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

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Who stars in The First Purge: Cast List

Mo McRae

Den of Thieves, The 24th

Joivan Wade

Luna Lauren Velez

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Steve Harris

Takers, Quarantine

Y’lan Noel

The Photograph

Lex Scott Davis

Son of the South, Superfly

Who’s making The First Purge: Crew List

A look at the The First Purge behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film’s director Gerard McMurray last directed Burning Sands and The Silver Bear. The film’s writer James DeMonaco last wrote The Forever Purge and The Purge: Election Year.


Gerard McMurray


James DeMonaco


Michael Bay
Jason Blum
Andrew Form
Brad Fuller
Sebastien Lemercier

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Production: What we know about The First Purge?

Key Facts

  1. Series creator James DeMonaco revealed some ideas on a new Purge film, saying: “I would actually go back and I would try to talk about how it all started. That seems the natural next chapter in this, is to say, ‘Alright, we’ve done this trilogy. We see how it got to this point of someone trying to end it – this presidential figure. Now let’s go back and see how the fuck all this came about.’ How did this country get to a place where we were now accepting this kind of atrocity, this terrible thing, each year? I think there’s something interesting in that. I don’t think I’ll direct. I’m thinking of maybe writing or at least producing it, to make sure it stays true to what I like about the movies.” (CinemaBlend, 9/30/16)

Filming Timeline

  1. January 2018: The film was in Completed status.
  2. October 2017: The film was in Production status.
  3. January 2017: The film was in Development status.

The First Purge Release Date: When was the film released?

The First Purge was released in 2018 on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 (Nationwide release). There were 2 other movies released on the same date, including Nico, 1988 and Fireworks.

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