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The Machinist (2004)

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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson (as Larry Gilliard)
Mrs. Shrike
Matthew Romero Moore ...
Nicholas (as Matthew Romero)
Robert Long ...
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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A little guilt goes a long way... See more »


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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?


Roque Baños' score is a deliberate homage to the work of Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock's favorite composer. There is also a nod to Miklós Rózsa in the use of the theremin which Rozsa employed to Oscar-winning effect for his score to Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) in 1945. See more »


When Reznik pulls up in his truck outside Miller's house he parks a couple of feet from the curb, when he returns the truck is tight against the curb. See more »


[first lines]
Ivan: Who are you?
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References Total Recall (1990) See more »


Last Call
Written by Stephen Phillips (as Stephen Robert Phillips)
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Authorised by Konga Music, S.L., exclusive subpublisher for Spain
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User Reviews

Haunting and Incredible!
4 December 2004 | by (Mesa, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Saw this incredible movie tonight and all I can say is WOW!! This movie is one you should definitely see if you enjoy such quality films like Vertigo, Psycho and most recently Identity. Massive kudos to Christian Bale who turned himself into a skeleton for the role and the wonderfully articulate pace of the director! As you watched it, you knew that there were answers at the end and the journey was simply captivating! Also fine, fine work by Michael Ironside and the absolutely gorgeous Jennifer Jason-Leigh who to this day looks just as hot as she did in Fast Times! If you have a chance to see this film and an open mind, make the trip to the ciniplex! Fantastic film!

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