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The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laney Rucker
Earl Danzinger
Minister Edwidge Owens
Barry Nolan ...
Reporter #1
Dawn (as Liza Colon-Zayas)
Chief Couper
Tall Eric Busmalis
Harmon James
Schoolgirl #1 Freakbride / Kimmy (as Brittany Mirabilé)


It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

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For one night only, America invites you to its annual tradition. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing bloody violence and strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Purge 3  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,870,000 (USA) (3 July 2016)


$79,003,080 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final movie in the "Purge" trilogy (2013-2016). See more »


During end of movie massive garage shoot out, not one window on any car was hit by a bullet. Just squibs going off against the concrete walls. See more »


Laney Rucker: Pequeña Muerte is back, bitches.
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Followed by The Purge: The Island (2018) See more »


I'm Afraid of Americans
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Purge and Purify
6 July 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was expecting this movie to be hot garbage and I certainly wasn't wrong, but frig, I was unaware that a movie could be so offensive to such a degree. The directing was terrible and amateurish with awkward cuts and mystifying editing choices. The characters were terribly sketched as I could barely remember their names by the end. The acting was just awful like for goodness sakes do a couple more takes maybe, try something. The plot made no sense as it was mostly ridiculous and random purge visuals along with pointless side plots (candy bar anyone?). It was very clear that the director thought of something he thought would look cool and put it on screen. It wasn't hard to tell that plot was a secondary factor. There was a certain character who was introduced and given a little bit of time but was quickly and unceremoniously killed off in a ridiculous way that only killed him somehow. I guess they couldn't have the screen filled up with too many deep or racist characters. The founding fathers were cartoonishly evil, and set the precedent right away for the horrible acting. I almost forgot about the opening sequence with it's jarring editing, its only purpose being to provide backstory to a character which is pointless. I say that because this movie is not about the plot; oh no frig the plot this is about random and stupid violence throughout. The "good guys" don't seem overly concerned with sparing lives as they brutally stab and murder unaware people who could of easily been taken down with a knock on the head. That's really what it's all about though is captivating the stupid audience members who are cheering for blood. Look around at some other reviews; anyone who gave it above a 7 is not someone you want to be associated with. The movie is just so undeniably bad and made for the lowest common denominator it's disgraceful. This is all without yet mentioning the totally offensive token black character who is an awful stereotype to be in a movie coming out in 2016, and is only there to be comedic relief for the more racist people in the audience. Good lord some movies really do take a piece of you that you can't get back and this movie took a chunk for sure. Easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Just an awful combination of racism, terrible acting and directing, pointless plot, and thoughtless violence that combine to create absolute cancer. I'm disgusted.

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