Signs (film) In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a mysterious intricate 500-foot design of circles and lines appears carved into a family’s crops. Graham Hess, the family patriarch, still bereft over the accidental death of his wife, is tested in his journey to find the truth behind the unfolding mystery. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A Touchstone Picture. Released on August 2, 2002. Stars Mel Gibson (Graham Hess), Joaquin Phoenix (Merrill Hess), Cherry Jones (Officer Paski), Rory Culkin (Morgan Hess), Abigail Breslin (Bo Hess), Patricia Kalember (Colleen Hess). The director himself plays the role of Ray Reddy. 107 min. Filmed on location in Pennsylvania. Released on video in 2003.