'Twilight promotional poster.
Film information

Directed by

Catherine Hardwicke

Produced by

Mark Morgan
Greg Mooradian
Wyck Godfrey

Written by

Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)
Stephenie Meyer (novel)

Music by

Carter Burwell


Elliot Davis

Distributed by

Summit Entertainment

Release Date(s)

November 21, 2008/ December 11, 2008 (Australia)




$37 million

Gross Revenue


Followed by

New Moon

Twilight is the movie adaptation of the novel Twilight, the first book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Starring Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, it was released November 21, 2008 in North America and December 11, 2008 in Australia. It was released on DVD March 21, 2009, and it is rated PG-13 in the US and 12 in the UK. It was directed by Catherine Hardwicke.


I'd never given much thought to how I would die."
"But dying in the place of someone I love seemed like a good way to go.” — Bella narrating the opening line

Isabella "Bella" Swan lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her mother Renée and step-father Phil, who is a minor-league baseball player. Phil gets transferred to play baseball in Florida, so they decide to live there but Bella decides to live with her father, Charlie; who is the chief of police in Forks, Washington. Bella moves to Forks and is greeted by Charlie's friend, Billy Black, and Billy's son, Bella's childhood friend, Jacob Black. Charlie purchases a truck from Billy as a homecoming gift for Bella.

Bella meets people at Forks High School on her first day, students including Mike Newton, Eric Yorkie, Jessica Stanley, Tyler Crowley and Angela Weber. At the cafeteria, Bella learns about the strange Cullen family, five teenage-adult foster kids adopted by Carlisle, a young doctor in the community; who is 23 years old and married to Esme.


Bella and Edward meet in biology.

In Biology, Edward, one of the Cullen "kids”, seems completely disgusted with Bella and he goes away one second before the bell rings. She yearns to confront Edward but he is absent for a week. When he returns, he seems friendly and kind towards her, explaining that he was gone for "personal reasons". Much to Bella's surprise, Edward's black eyes have turned golden brown.


After Bella nearly gets killed by the van crash.

At the parking lot, Tyler's van goes out of control and is about to crush Bella. Edward, who is sitting by his car, across the lot, far away from Bella, moves quickly and stops the van with his hand, leaving a huge dent in the van's door.

Bella tries to get Edward to tell her how he stopped the van, but he warns her against befriending him, and that he might be a bad guy. The next day, their class goes on a field trip where she declines Mike's invitation to prom, and Edward relentlessly dodges her questions.

Bella and her friends go to the La Push beach and Jacob arrives with two of his friends, Embry Call and Sam Uley. She persuades him to tell her a tribal story involving the Cullens.

As Bella goes with Angela and Jessica to Port Angeles for dress shopping, Bella goes off by herself to find a book on Quileute legends. Soonafter that, she runs into a dangerous gang about to make their move on her before Edward unexpectedly appears to stop them. Edward and Bella later have a deep conversation regarding his ability to hear people's thoughts and his inability to read her mind, confessing it as "very frustrating". In the meantime, a close friend of Charlie's is found dead in his boat.

Bella uses her book and finds a website about vampires when searching 'The Cold One' on Google. The website shows details about vampires and the descriptions she read match Edward's characteristics. Upon realizing what he is, she confronts him the next day in a clearing in the woods nearby. Instead of being scared of the truth, she just bravely accepts him for what he is: a vampire.

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Bella and Edward.

Edward and Bella fall in love and openly show their relationship. Eventually, he introduces her to his vampire family: Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie. Soon, the pair realize their love for each other is so strong and he hopes to never lose control when he is around her.

Later on, Bella is offered a chance a human rarely or never gets: to assist a baseball game between vampires. The game goes apparently well, until Alice sees a vision of three nomadic vampires that have been involved in the killings in Forks lately approaching. Edward and Bella prepare to leave, but it's too late. James, a tracker vampire, is intrigued by Edward's protectiveness over a human and wants to hunt Bella for sport. Carlisle tells James, Laurent, and Victoria to leave after James' outburst. However, he wants to kill Bella, and plots a plan to get rid of the Cullens and eat her. Knowing about the plan, the Cullens split up Edward and Bella to save her life. Edward, Emmett, and Rosalie find out James has figured out the truth and has escaped. Esme and Rosalie stay behind to protect Charlie while Edward, Emmett, and Carlisle go to Phoenix where Bella is hiding in a hotel with Alice and Jasper.

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James biting Bella's wrist.

James calls and lies to Bella that he has caught her mother and will kill her if Bella doesn't come to a ballet studio alone. Alice, who can see the future, gets to know something terrible will happen in a dark ballet studio. When Jasper and Alice are in the hotel lobby, Bella ditches them and takes a taxi and goes to the studio, where she gets bitten by James on the wrist while he is fighting Edward.

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Bella and Edward in the prom

James is burned to ash by Emmett, Jasper and Alice, and Edward sucks the venom out of Bella's system, which stopped her transformation. She awakes in the hospital and recovers with her mother by her side. In the end, Edward and Bella attend their high school prom and she asks him to turn her into a vampire to be with him forever, but he kisses her instead. Bella decides to enjoy the evening, but is determined to become a vampire to be with him. The film ends with James's lover, Victoria, secretly watching the pair dancing and swears revenge.


The Swans and the CullensEdit

Image Actor Role Date Announced
Normal 083 Kristen Stewart Bella Swan 2007-11-16November 16, 2007
Normal 012wwr Robert Pattinson Edward Cullen 2007-11-16December 11, 2007
90px Peter Facinelli Carlisle Cullen 2008-02-12February 12, 2008
90px Elizabeth Reaser Esme Cullen 2008-02-13February 13, 2008
90px Ashley Greene Alice Cullen 2008-02-12February 12, 2008
90px Kellan Lutz Emmett Cullen 2008-02-12February 12, 2008
90px Nikki Reed Rosalie Hale 2008-02-12February 12, 2008
90px Jackson Rathbone Jasper Hale 2008-02-14February 14, 2008
90px Billy Burke Charlie Swan 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Sarah Clarke Renée Dwyer 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Matt Bushell Phil Dwyer 2008-04-08April 8, 2008
90px Catherine Grimme Young Bella

James's CovenEdit

Image Actor Role Date Announced
90px Cam Gigandet James Witherdale 2008-02-08February 8, 2008
90px Rachelle Lefèvre Victoria Sutherland 2008-02-12February 12, 2008
90px Edi Gathegi Laurent Da Revin 2008-02-21February 21, 2008

The Quileute TribeEdit

Image Actor Role Date Announced
90px Taylor Lautner Jacob Black 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Solomon Trimble Sam Uley 2008-03-05March 5, 2008
90px Gil Birmingham Billy Black 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Krys Hyatt Embry Call

Other HumansEdit

Image Actor Role Date Announced
90px Michael Welch Mike Newton 2008-02-11February 11, 2008
90px Justin Chon Eric Yorkie 2008-02-07February 7, 2008
90px Anna Kendrick Jessica Stanley 2007-11-16February 7, 2008
90px Christian Serratos Angela Weber 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Gregory Tyree Boyce Tyler Crowley 2008-02-21February 21, 2008
90px Ned Bellamy Waylon Forge 2008-04-12April 12, 2008
90px José Zúñiga Mr. Molina 2008-04-12April 12, 2008
90px Ayanna Berkshire Cora
90px Katie Powers Amber
90px Trish Egan Shelly Cope
90px Stephenie Meyer Herself




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