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Octane -- While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.
Octane -- While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.


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While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Madeleine Stowe ... Senga Wilson

Norman Reedus ... Recovery Man

Bijou Phillips ... Backpacker

Mischa Barton ... Natasha 'Nat' Wilson

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... The Father

Leo Gregory ... Joyrider
Gary Parker ... Vacation Man
Amber Batty ... Vacation Woman

Jenny Jules ... Highway Patrol Sergeant
Patrick O'Kane ... Trucker

Martin McDougall ... Motivational Speaker
Shauna Shim ... Paramedic #1

David Menkin ... Paramedic #2

Nigel Whitmey ... Detective Ned Stephens

Samuel Fröler ... Marek Wilson

Stephen Lord ... Carjacker
Dean Gregory ... Christian Missionary
Sarah Drews ... Christine

Raffaello Degruttola ... Highway Patrol Cop #1
Glenn Wrage ... Highway Patrol Cop #2
Monika Hudgins ... Southern Woman
Cesar Bayona Pinto ... Latino Busboy
Véronique Koch ... Cashier #1 (as Veronique Koch)
Ase Dunbar ... Cashier #2
Nicolette Christie ... Teenage Girl with Mobile

Rachel Pollack ... Metro Girl
Emma Drews ... Teenage Girl in Video
Tom Hunsinger ... CSI Man

Sam Douglas ... Crash Site Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Barreira ... Leo James (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcus Adams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Volk  written by

Produced by
Bill Allan .... executive producer
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Al Burgess .... line producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Carlo Dusi .... executive producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer
Alistair MacLean-Clark .... producer
Melvyn Singer .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
Basil Stephens .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Boswell (supervising composer)
Paul Hartnoll  (as Orbital)
Phil Hartnoll  (as Orbital)
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Elaine Fallon 
John Papsidera 
Tania Polentarutti 
Production Design by
Max Gottlieb 
Art Direction by
Teresa Weston 
Set Decoration by
Anna Lynch-Robinson 
Costume Design by
Stewart Meachem 
Makeup Department
Aurélie Elich .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Love .... chief of hair
Trefor Proud .... chief makeup artist
Evelyne Sittig .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Bénédicte Humbel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jane Burgess .... second assistant director
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... third assistant director
Stefan Magnusson .... third assistant director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
Basil Stephens .... second unit director
Art Department
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by props
François Dickes .... props buyer
Billy Edwards .... stand-by props
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Ricardo Galvao .... art department assistant
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Olivier Wojcik .... scenic painter
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand by painter
Terry Woods .... property master
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... re-recording mixer
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Gianluca Buttari .... foley editor
Alistair Crocker .... sound recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Simon Gershon .... supervising sound editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Dan Johnson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Bernard O'Reilly .... sound effects editor
James Perry .... assistant sound effects editor
Joakim Sundström .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Alain Couty .... special effects coordinator
Lawrence Michael .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Henry Badgett .... digital compositor: MPC
Martin Cook .... title design
Mark Curtis .... digital compositor
Stefan Drury .... visual effects producer
Rob Hill .... digital camera operator
Douglas Larmour .... supervising compositor
Stuart Lashley .... digital compositor
Charlotte Loughnane .... Visual Effects Production Coordinator: MPC
Jessica Norman .... supervising compositor
Gregory Salter .... supervising compositor
Sally Spencer .... visual effects coordinator
Ben Thompson .... 3D animator: MPC
John Van Hoey Smith .... data operator
Michel Bouis .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunt driver
Alain Gaudiard .... stunt rigger
Véronique Koch .... stunt driver
Alexandrine Roux .... stunts
Loïc Saintilan .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... clapper loader
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Pierre Dermience .... best boy
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Johnny Feurer .... first assistant camera
Mike Frift .... camera operator
Rab Harling .... clapper loader: second unit
Paul Hatchman .... key grip
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Simon Mills .... focus puller: second unit
José Alberto Pinto de Jesus .... electrician
Mike Roberts .... video assist operator
Luis Santos .... electrician
Uli Schmidt .... assistant camera
Théodore Theodorides .... additional clapper loader
Théodore Theodorides .... assistant camera
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Jon Webb .... first assistant camera: a
Wolfgang Wesemann .... assistant camera
Michael 'Indy' Whiting .... assistant camera
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Mike Skorepa .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Nicola Armstrong .... post-production coordinator
Martin Corbett .... first assistant editor
Gina Tornatore .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Peter Brown .... location assistant
Giles Edleston .... location manager
Claude Ludovicy .... location scout
Otfried Suppin .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Simon Boswell .... soundtrack producer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Allan Jenkins .... music editor
Transportation Department
Svet Hrouchoff .... action vehicles
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Igor Pecirep .... driver: Madeleine Stowe
Olivier Printz .... car wrangler
Other crew
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Bob Bellion .... financial manager: Delux Productions
Mona Benjamin .... contact: London
Peter Eardley .... assistant production accountant
Ambroise Gayet .... production assistant
Laura Gwynne .... script supervisor
Véronique Koch .... stand-in: Backpacker
Véronique Koch .... stand-in: Nat
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant to producer
Nick Leese .... head of marketing and publicity
Annick Lockman .... assistant production coordinator
Roberto Longobardi .... production accountant
Francois Muller .... facilities
Francois Muller .... location security officer
Lisa Neeley .... head of development
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Sébastien Peiffer .... assistant to location manager
Roger Phillips .... end titles
Luke Randolph .... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Julie Smith .... unit publicist
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Diana Stiegler .... location runner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pulse" - USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug and sexual content
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Mischa Barton had her belly button pierced specially for her role in this movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Senga and Nat drive past the scene of the first accident, the background chatter on the police radio loops.See more »
The Father:Love is the warmest place to be when it's cold outside.See more »
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34 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A Bizarre Movie With an Excellent and Intriguing Beginning and Ending in a Complete Mess, 21 December 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While driving back home with her spoiled and arrogant teenager daughter Natasha Wilson (Mischa Barton), the divorced and pills addicted Senga Wilson (Madeleine Stowe) stops in a restaurant on the road for a coffee break. When they are leaving the place, Nat invites a mystic and mysterious hitchhiker to travel with them. Later, Nat meets her father Marek (Samuel Fröler) and has a serious discussion with her mother, and she runs away from her mother, joining a weird group. Along the night, Senga tries to find and recover her daughter.

"Octane" is a bizarre movie, having an excellent and intriguing beginning (the first fifty or sixty minutes), but ending in a complete mess. The style in the beginning recalls David Lynch, or David Cronenberg, with bizarre situations, but the conclusion is very ridiculous. I do not know what is recently happening with the writers of screenplay of horror movies: they create good plots with intriguing idea, but the conclusions are horrible. Just as an example, "Gothika", "Jeepers Creepers", "The Sin Eater" and "Dreamcatcher" are in this situation. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Octano – O Caminho do Mal" ("Octane – The Way to the Evil")

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