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Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

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Storyline

When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves (DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war. Written by PhatBleek

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Born 2 Die  »

Box Office

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,521,486 (USA) (28 February 2003)

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$34,604,054 (USA) (9 May 2003)
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When filming wrapped up on time and the editing was proceeding at a fast pace, Warner Bros. considered opening the film in late August - a mere three months after it finished shooting. They later opted to release the pic in late Feb the following year. See more »

Goofs

When the auction starts, Sona says that 50 stones are available. The Pakistani buyer wins the first bid with $5.7 million for six stones, leaving 44 stones. Then the Egyptian buyer wins the next bid with $10 million for ten stones, leaving 34 stones. However, Sona then says that "there are 37 stones available". See more »

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Fait: [after beating one of the thugs holding his daughter hostage] Wrong kid! *Definitely* the wrong father!
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Archie and Tommy riff on various subjects, including who will star in the movie version of their lives, under the end credits. See more »

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References Kazaam (1996) See more »

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Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Written by D. Joyner and Damon Blackman
Performed by Big Stan
Courtesy of Bloodline Records, Inc
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A reasonably workable action picture is undermined by the inclusion of a stupid little girl and a dedicated daddy motive by DMX.
18 August 2003 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

What could have been a reasonably acceptable action vehicle for Jet Li became completely annoying thanks to the obligatory (and ridiculously lame) inclusion of what I'd call Hollywood's fascination with "family values" and "kiddie cuteness". An R-rated action picture is no place for cutesy, resourceful brats and there's nothing more bland than an action hero straddled with a family or family members in peril. It all reeks with middle-class political correctness and made the DMX character an unnecessary annoyance. Real villains would have made short work of the kid's ears and gotten a little cooperation from that rapper a lot sooner. This one's pathetically wimpy, even with Jet versus the ultimate fighting boys; not having any gratuitous nudity is unforgivable also, especially when you set the audience up for some!


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