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Cellular (2004)

A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

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Cast

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Marilyn Mooney
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Irate Customer #1
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Young Security Guard
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Chase Ellis Bloch ...
Timid Boy (as Chase Bloch)
Chelsea Ellis Bloch ...
Surf Girl's Friend (as Chelsea Bloch)
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Chloe's Chilly Friend
Robin Brenner ...
Excitable Customer
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Craig Martin
Paige Cannon ...
Girl at Concert
Nikki Christian ...
Porsche Girl
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Young Guard
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Aging Security Guard
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Dana Bayback
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Storyline

A young man receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon. Written by Tru Blu

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If the signal dies so does she.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Final Call  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,100,571, 12 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,003,620, 12 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,422,687
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several references to New Line Cinema (the financing studio) throughout the film:
  • New Line Chairman Robert Shaye has a cameo as the irate man in the police station.
  • Ricky's backpack is that of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
  • At the kidnappers' house, the New Line Cinema movie Final Destination 2 (2003) is playing on the television. It also makes numerous references to the series, such as the truck crashing into Ryan's car (using the same sound effects) and an announcement at the airport referencing a Flight 180, the same flight in the first movie.
  • Producer Dean Devlin has a cameo as the cab driver who drives Ryan.
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Goofs

When Ryan steals the school security guard's car, he drives off without having to switch gears (the car would have been in park or neutral). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ricky Martin: Mom, will you still be a science teacher when I get into high school?
Jessica Martin: Hmm... You never know. Why?
Ricky Martin: 'Cause I think it'd be kind of weird to have your mom as a teacher.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the closing credits show cast and crew names on cellular telephone screens. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 'London': Behind the Scenes (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Like You Like an Arsonist
Written by Nicholas Zinkgraf, Scott Sherpe, Matthew Tennessen, Samuel Vinz and Nolan Treolo
Performed by Paris Texas
Courtesy of New Line Records, a division of New Line Productions, Inc.
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An exhilarating thrill ride!
13 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Awesome flick! Kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The plot twists were surprisingly convincing and I didn't have to stretch too far to suspend disbelief. It way outshone my expectations and I found myself swept right up in the action. The acting was superb and the direction kept us moving from nail-biting suspense to laughing at the stereotyped ignorant store clerks, nasty lawyers and others that are encountered at various points in the script. What a great balance of believable and amusing! We had the greatest time enjoying this film. The parts that weren't so believable were very satisfying and the parts that were believable were incredibly suspenseful. The point is, the whole thing made for a terrific package. No, you won't go home a better person for having seen this. And you won't carry the images with you or ponder great philosophies because of it. It's not a To Kill a Mockingbird of Of Mice and Men, but it is a wonderful escape from all you problems for a couple hours and you'll feel like you've been on the most exhilarating thrill ride you could find in the park! All thumbs up for this one!


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