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The Foreigner (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  20 June 2003 (South Korea)
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A freelance agent must transport a package for a mysterious employer, leading him into a web of betrayal and deceit.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerome Van Aken
Sean Cold
Jared Olyphant
Philip Dunbar ...
Alexander Marquee
Izabela Okrasa ...
Clarissa Van Aken
Rolls Royce Driver
Hotel Clerk Imke
The Stranger
Grzegorz Emanuel ...
Przemyslaw Saleta ...
Security Guard
Jan Jurewicz ...
Man with Porsche


Jonathon Cold is a freelance agent hired by a mysterious man to deliver a package from France to Germany. The contents of the package remain undisclosed, even between employer and employee, but whatever it contains seems to be attracting a swarm of political corruption, backstabbing bad guys and murder. However, Cold knows he must stay one step ahead of the evil powers at work, whoever they are, no matter what the cost, as it increasingly becomes a game of step on or be stepped on. Written by

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If they think they can stop him, they're dead wrong.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Az idegen  »

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Box Office


$16,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The opening scene with the soldiers is an actual "change of duty" at the "Grave of an Unnamed Soldier" in Warsaw, Poland - a symbolic tribute to all those killed in the Second World War. See more »


The credits spell the character's name as "Van Aken". Likewise the street name is "Van Aken". However, when we first see the residence, the caption reads, "Van Aiken residence". The spelling is also 'Van Aken' on the front page of the newspaper Segal puts on the counter of the hotel's reception when checking in. See more »


Jared Olyphant: Too cold for false alarms.
Alexander Morquest: It's to cold for ice cubes.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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The solution is...shoot!
9 September 2004 | by (Pataskala, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The movie fascinated me because of the plot, but once it got underway my fascination took a different direction. I think for the only time in my life I laughed at people getting shot. Segall's Dutch accomplice shoots everyone! He himself is shot four different times. The hotel clerk won't give out a room number? Ask her to call and see which number she dials. Then, instead of unobtrusively going to that room, shoot her!

The farce is complete when Segall faces down an opponent holding a gun 20 yards away. He flings a flight recorder CD with a little C4 stuck on like gum at his assailant. We see the disk igniting in mid-air in slow motion. Does the other guy shoot? No, he just stares at a CD coming to blow him away. The CD has the extra fun effect of propelling him backwards and upwards through a conveniently placed 2nd story picture window.

I must admit; I enjoyed this so much that I immediately went out to get another Segall movie to see if it is as ridiculous. I can't explain why this is entertaining, but it is! IT IS!!

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