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In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

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A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children. Into this world enters John Creasy, a burned-out ex-CIA operative/assassin, who has given up on life. Creasy's friend Rayburn brings him to Mexico City to be a bodyguard to nine-year-old Pita Ramos, daughter of industrialist Samuel Ramos and his wife Lisa. Creasy is not interested in being a bodyguard, especially to a youngster, but for lack of something better to do, he accepts the assignment. Creasy barely tolerates the precocious child and her pestering questions about him and his life. But slowly, she chips away at his seemingly impenetrable exterior, his defenses drop, and he opens up to her. Creasy's new-found purpose in life is shattered when Pita is kidnapped. Despite being seriously wounded during the kidnapping, he vows to kill anyone ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Creasy's art is death, and he is about to paint his masterpiece. See more »


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Rated R for language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,751,490 (USA) (23 April 2004)

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$3,894,070 (Japan) (21 January 2005)
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Denzel Washington was cast in this film because of a trip to a doctor. He ran into director Tony Scott in the waiting room of a medical office and the two men started chatting. Scott had not seen Washington in person since they worked together on Crimson Tide (1995). Scott happened to see Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam (2001) the night before and seeing Washington made Scott think using of the two actors together. See more »

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The Kidnappers instruct Ramos to wait for a call in a public payphone in Avenida Reforma. Mexico City "Ladatel" card payphones can't receive calls. And, more specifically, the phone shown in the movie where the instructions are supposedly posted is the regular kind, which can't receive calls. See more »

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Pita: [about Creasy] I think he's been sick. He's all right now, but I think he's been very, very sick.
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Special thanks to Mexico City. A very special place. See more »

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Referenced in Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009) See more »

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Guadalajara
Written by Pepe Guízar (as Pepe Guizar)
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The Best Film of 2004!!!
5 June 2005 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

There are many reasons to watch this movie: to see the reality that whips Latin America with regard to the kidnappings thing, the police corruption at continental level, among so many realities that we live the Latins.

The performance of Denzel Wahington was brilliant, this guy continues being an excellent actor and that it continues this way. Dakota Fanning just by 10 years, an excellent actress has become and I congratulate her. The rest of the movie was of marvel, I have it in my collection.

I hope that they are happened to those producing of Hollywood to make a movie completely in Venezuela, where they show our reality better with regard to the delinquency, the traffic of drugs or the political problems. They have been few the movies that they play Venezuelan land (for example: Aracnophobia, Jungle 2 Jungle, Dragonfly) they should make more, as well as they make in Mexico.

The song "Una Mirada" I hope that it leaves in the soundtrack, it is excellent. My vote is 10/10


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