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The Machinist (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  3 December 2004 (USA)
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.



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Jackson (as Larry Gilliard)
Mrs. Shrike
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Supervisor Furman
Inspector Rogers
Ferran Lahoz ...
Jeremy Xido ...
Norman Bell ...
DMV Clerk


Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don't associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what is going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance. A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people - probably one or some of his coworkers - are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El maquinista  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,661 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$1,082,044 (USA) (25 March 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brad Anderson had not asked Christian Bale to lose such a vast amount of weight and was genuinely shocked when he saw Bale's appearance on the first day of shooting. He also confessed to being thrilled by the actor's dedication. See more »


Trevor sees the license plate of Ivan's car and says to himself "743 CRN," but the actual plate in the shot shows CRN 743. See more »


[first lines]
Ivan: Who are you?
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References Angel Heart (1987) See more »


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Written by Frances Ruffino
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A new Raskolnikov
16 November 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A strange story about freedom and guilty. Modern image of "Crime and Punishment". Our life like a shadow of the dreams and fear. Like a research a way of personal truth. No salvation, no cure. Only a refuge in a great lie. This movie is an important experience. Not like a theoretical experience,like a game without value, like a joke. "The Machinist " is a trip in your mind, in your memory, in the life's essence. "I am the other" said Rimbaud. But who? A ghost? A shadow? A body? A toy? The essence of movie is the relation with the world and the form of honesty. The presence of God in this movie is the way of resurrection. The car, the boy, the work accident, Maria, Ivan , Miller are the steps of a very special salvation. And Christian Bale, in his best character, a new Raskolnikov, know to give a great sense of truth to Trevor Reznik. A real master-piece!

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