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The Rundown (2003)

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A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beck (as The Rock)
Head Indian Tracker
Paul S. Power ...
Martin (as Paul Power)
Chuck Norman ...


The Rock as a bounty hunter who attempts to square a debt by heading to the Amazon jungle to capture someone. The bounty hunter discovers that his quarry isn't the bad guy he'd been warned about, and the two team up in pursuit of riches stored in a mine in the Amazon. Written by Me

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and some crude dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Call of the Wild  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,533,765 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$47,592,825 (USA) (28 November 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to director commentary on the DVD, Christopher Walken had never seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and was therefore reluctant to use the phrase, "Oompah-loompahs" in his final scene. The director provided Walken with a copy of the movie, and after watching it, Walken decided to use the phrase. See more »


When Beck is shot with the beanbag gun, he recoils from the first beanbag *before* it hits him. See more »


[first lines]
Emeril Lagasse (on radio): I just love mushrooms. One of my favorites, or as I call it, "the king of mushrooms," is the porcini. Now stop right there. Don't be alarmed. There's a lot of confusion in this country between porcini, the Italian name, and cèpes, which is the French name. They're fat and they're earthy. Now the porcini is most often seen dried here in this country. And they would always be labeled "dried porcinis," not "dried cèpes." OK? They are very, very, very flavorful.
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Crazy Credits

In the U.S. version, the only opening credit (after the Universal and Columbia logos) is "The Rundown" - and that appears eight minutes into the film. All other credits (actors, director, producers, writers, et al.) appear at the end of the film. See more »


Referenced in The Rundown: The Amazon, Hawaii Style (2004) See more »


Freedom Band
Written by Alejandro Martinez, David Lewis Kelmo Thomas, Ivan Scott Martin
Performed by Delinquent Habits
Courtesy of Windswept
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User Reviews

familiar but good-natured and funny
30 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Combination action, adventure, broad comedy, and buddy movie has The Rock well-cast as a 'retrieval expert' fed up with his occupation and looking for a way out. He agrees to one last job in which he travels to a remote village in South America to find his employer's delinquent son, but in the midst of his search he tangles with the town's greedy, megalomaniacal boss, embittered citizens, and gets caught up in a search to find a rare and priceless artifact. Engaging, high-energy action scenes, enthusiastic performances, and moments of genuine humor make this a blast from start to finish. Formulaic to be sure, but lots of fun with Walken adding a hilarious presence as Hatcher. ***

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