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26 May 2005 (South Korea) See more »
He's running for his life and running out of time. See more »
After a workaholic banker journeys to Monaco to investigate the suspicious activities of a company, he finds himself framed for murder and running for his life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Don't call it a comeback: Michael Keaton on biding time, waiting for a 'Birdman'
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John Mackenzie obituary
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Keaton ... Martin Raikes

Michael Caine ... Jake Mellows

Judith Godrèche ... Lela Forin (as Judith Godreche)

Rade Serbedzija ... Oleg Butraskaya (as Rade Sherbedgia)

Matthew Marsh ... Michel Cote

Xander Berkeley ... Joey Patterson

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Beth Ann
Rachel Ferjani ... Rachel
Elina Löwensohn ... Vannessa (as Elina Lowensohn)

Clare Thomas ... Emma

Hermione Norris ... Sarah

William Beck ... Nicoli

Jean-Yves Berteloot ... Vincent Deschamps
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Jean Pillon

Colin Stinton ... Harbinson
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ... Oleg's Driver (as Bogdan Marian Stanoevitch)
Paul O'Boyle ... Close Cropped Man
Patrick Mazet ... Detective
Paul Birchard ... F.B.I. Man
Bob Friend ... Newscaster
Sabrina Mongin ... Nina
Axelle Behary ... Tasha (as Axelle Beharry Sookrath)
Stéphane Lévêque ... Desk Clerk (as Stéphane Leveque)

Jake Broder ... Technician
Serge Soric ... Scene Shifter Driver

Ivan Marevich ... Scene Shifter Driver's Mate
Simon Smith ... Mikhail
Herve Candy ... First Slavic Girl
Aurelie Attyasse ... Second Slavic Girl
Sebastian Barrio ... First French Man (as Sebastien Barrio)
Pascal Saint-James ... Second French Man (as Pascal Saint James)
Stephan Chrisz ... Second French Man (Look Alike)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Didier Casnati ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
John Mackenzie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Desmond Lowden  book "Boudapesti 3"
Timothy Prager  story & screenplay

Produced by
Eric Bartonio .... associate producer: France
Al Burgess .... line producer
Eberhard Kayser .... executive producer
Randy Lippert .... producer: USA
Sylvie Martin .... consulting producer
Bernard Mazauric .... line producer
Bernard Mazauric .... producer: France
Jack Noone .... line producer: USA
Mario Ohoven .... executive producer
Michael Ohoven .... executive producer
Geoffrey Reeve .... executive producer (as Geoff Reeve)
Jim Reeve .... producer
Steve Robbins .... executive producer
Patrick Witteronghel .... co-producer
Original Music by
Hal Lindes 
Anthony Marinelli 
Cinematography by
Walter McGill 
Film Editing by
Graham Walker 
Casting by
Simone Reynolds 
Production Design by
Jon Bunker 
Art Direction by
Damien Lanfranchi 
Set Decoration by
Gillie Delap 
Makeup Department
Carter Bradley .... hair designer: Michael Keaton
Carter Bradley .... makeup artist: Michael Keaton
Magali Ceyrat .... key makeup artist: UK
Josée De Luca .... key makeup artist: France
Judith Gayo .... makeup supervisor: France
Richard Luzy .... hair stylist
Kerin Parfitt .... makeup artist: UK
Jenny Sharpe .... makeup assistant: UK
Production Management
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of production
John Surtees .... post-production manager: USA
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jane Burgess .... third assistant director: UK
Daisie De Gueltzl-Paradis .... third assistant director: France (as Daisie de Gueltxl)
Jamie McKay-Haynes .... assistant director
Danny Pruett .... second assistant director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
Eddie Stacey .... second unit director
Yann Thomas .... second second assistant director: France
Art Department
Marcel Agostini .... carpenter: France
John Allenby .... property master: UK
Francis Alpiste .... painter: France
Barry Arnold .... stand-by props: UK
Marco Artero .... swing gang: France
Christophe Behhar .... stagehand: France
Maurice Borghese .... upholsterer: France
Fabrice Bovi .... carpenter: France
Alexandre Colomb .... painter: France
Marcel Colomb .... construction buyer: France
Gerard Daverio .... head carpenter: France
Bertrand Dufour .... stand-by prop: France
Pascal Dumee .... carpenter: France
Barry Gates .... dressing props: UK
Henri Giordanengo .... stagehand: France
Robert Giordanengo .... stagehand: France
Sebastien Houllier .... stagehand: France
Michel Iemolo .... stagehand: France
Derek Ixer .... dressing props: UK
Herve Lespert .... carpenter: France
Joseph Martinez .... key construction: France
Charlie McGinlay .... stand-by painter: UK
Axel Nicolet .... assistant art director
Alain Panizzi .... carpenter: France
Manu Poupard .... property master
Michel Rollant .... property buyer
Raymond Schmidt .... key painter
Hervé Schrub .... swing gang: France
Gerard Wehrle .... carpenter: France
Rémy Wittenberg .... carpenter: France
Sound Department
Amy Amantea .... audio post coordinator
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Gareth Bull .... foley recordist: USA
Alistair Crocker .... sound recordist
John Downer .... supervising sound editor: USA
Howard Eaves .... adr editor: USA
Real Gauvreau .... sound effects editor: Canada
Amy Giammarco .... audio post supervisor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Johnny Ludgate .... dialogue editor: Canada
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor: USA
Tim Peters .... assistant dialogue editor: Canada
James Schmidlin .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Sheppard .... sound re-recording mixer: Canada
Bill Sheppard .... sound supervisor: Canada
Ian Tapp .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Frederic Thevenin .... special effects technician: France
Maurice Zisswiller .... special effects supervisor: France
Valerie Zisswiller .... special effects coordinator: France
Visual Effects by
Colin Laski .... digital effects producer
Richard Orpin .... digital effects compositor
Michel Bouis .... stunts
Alain Brochery .... stunt coordinator: France
Didier Brule .... stunts
Jacques Cosma .... stunts
Christelle Droy .... stunts
Frederic Garcia .... stunts (as Fred García)
Claude Jurca .... stunts
Guy Ledroff .... stunts (as Guy Le Droff)
Sandra Mo .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Bordelais .... Steadicam operator: France
Linda Bourdain .... camera trainee: France
Willie Cadden .... gaffer (as Willy Cadden)
Stéphane Daverio .... grip: France
Johan Dettwiller .... clapper loader: France
Franck Dochez .... stand-by grip: France
Robert Gurney .... stand-by rigger: UK
Alain Herpe .... assistant camera
Diane Koronkiewicz .... first assistant camera: USA
Jean-Marc Lestruhaut .... grip: France
Willdric Lievin .... stand-by grip: France
Jean-Marie Lopez .... gaffer: France
Philip Lozano .... second assistant camera
Frank Mazauric .... first assistant camera: second camera, France
Leslie Mulligan .... camera loader: USA
Andy Munday .... generator operator: UK
Stéphane Nègre .... electrician: France
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller: UK
Didier Petit .... electrician: France
James Philpott .... trainee video assist: UK
Philippe Pierre .... electrician: France
Didier Pousol .... key grip: France
Ed Rutherford .... clapper loader: UK
Keith Sewell .... Steadicam operator: UK
Peter Storey .... electrician: UK
Pat Sweeney .... best boy: UK
Nick Wall .... still photographer: France
Jimmy Waters .... grip: UK
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jonathan Yates .... electrician: UK
Casting Department
Amanda Frend .... casting assistant: UK
Caroline Mazauric .... casting: France
Penelope Robin .... assistant to casting director: France
Lucy Townsend .... casting assistant: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Bartonio .... wardrobe
Marie-José Escolar .... costume buyer
Laurence Glentzin .... wardrobe: France
Jennifer Harvey .... wardrobe supervisor
Véronique Portebois .... wardrobe: UK
Nathalie Robert .... wardrobe: France
James Smith .... dresser: Mr. Caine
Jackie Thomas .... wardrobe: UK
Editorial Department
Hattie Dalton .... first assistant editor
Rosemarie Dowson .... post-production coordinator: USA
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Sarah Hedar .... assistant editor
Greg Milton .... executive in charge of post-production: Canada
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Brad Colerick .... music supervisor: DeepMix
Dave Curtin .... music supervisor: DeepMix
Robert Hunter .... music conform
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator
David Streja .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Jean Bourrelly .... transportation captain: France
Other crew
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator: UK
Philippe Brachmann .... location assistant: France
Michael Brent .... production accountant
Dorothy Connolley .... script supervisor
Neal Cooper .... dialogue coach
Laurence Coutaud-Garnier .... production coordinator: France
Antoine Domange .... production runner: France
David Edens .... production assistant: USA
Natalie Fokes .... post-production accountant: Canada
Mike Fraser .... rushes transfer
Deren Getz .... location assistant: USA
Beatrice Giraud .... assistant accountant
Lucy Glyn .... floor runner: France
Elaine Kavanaugh .... production assistant: USA
Faramarz Khalaj .... production runner: France
Joanna Leijdekkers .... runner
Joel Maytie .... accounting clerk: France
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager: UK
Sue Moore .... production coordinator: USA
Boris Pessine .... production assistant
Patricia Poole .... assistant accountant
Murielle Poullain .... location assistant: France
Roberto Robin .... location manager: France
Emmanuelle Roque .... assistant production coordinator: France
Armand Saussac .... location assistant: France
Al Senter .... script development
Collin Smith .... location assistant: USA
Marie-José Testard .... production accountant: France

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Rated R for violence, sexual content and language
Argentina:94 min | Norway:91 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Final feature film of director John Mackenzie.See more »
Factual errors: On leaving the casino, Elina tells Jake that '100,000 Francs is a lot of money', referring to his loss on the tables, Monaco uses the same currency as France, and the Euro was introduced as a 'hard' currency on January 1st 2002, long before this film is supposed to take place.See more »
Jake Mellows:And ypu, you cow, you hired people to make it look real... make me look like a prat!
Lela Forin:That wasn't so hard to do?
Jake Mellows:I want my money!
Lela Forin:You gambled most of it away. They kept you in debt so you couldn't walk away.
Jake Mellows:They still owe me half a million!
Lela Forin:They never intended to pay you.
Jake Mellows:Yeah, well, they forget who I am!
Lela Forin:They know exactly who you are, Jake, a washed-up, desparate action man who doesn't know he's past his prime.
Jake Mellows:Me! Past my prime! No actor is ever past his prime. Look, look at Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy!"
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A rather under rated movie, 24 December 2010
Author: Tonci Pivac from New Zealand

This is a well crafted albeit formulaic movie. I don't find much fault with it - a blinking corpse can't distract me (contrary to other reviewers, as it seems). Incidentally, irritation is a major factor in the story, the main character, an ultra pedantic controller from a global consultancy enterprise (frankly a great, contemporary creation and a good, convincing performance by Michael Keaton) represents just a little, irritating grain of sand in the international machinery of crime.

The plot is the 39 steps, Saboteur, North by Northwest etc. all over. A wrongly accused and framed man on the run gets help from a beautiful woman and succeeds in turning the table on his pursuers. The grace, elegance and beauty of actress Judith Godrèche is a major asset of Quicksand. As far as the crime and the front for it are concerned, I found the movie credible. I assume in this aspect it relates to actuality more accurately than one might feel comfortable with. White slave trade from Eastern Europe is a new and unpleasant reality in Western Europe and probably in America as well. It happens in front of our doorsteps, so to speak. If Quicksand helps to bring this to mind, all the better.

They had some excellent location scouts working on this movie. Almost the whole story evolves in and around the town of Nice and I found they caught the feel of this picture postcard place with its not so nice underbelly perfectly. There is a great assassination scene in the central district - and one will find references to Hitchcock's Nice- movie To Catch a Thief here and there. My favorite location is the small open air cinema high up above the coastline in the hills which serves as meeting place between Keaton and Godrèche. Who wouldn't like to be there when the

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