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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

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Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

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Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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People are afraid of all the wrong things.


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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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19 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caminando entre tumbas  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,758,780 (USA) (19 September 2014)

Gross:

$25,977,365 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Ben Foster was considered for the parts of both brothers (Kenny & Peter). Unfortunately, due to filming conflicts from "The Program" and a confirmed report that the casting director and producers were leaning towards Ben playing the smaller role of Peter, he decided to stick to The Program as the star of the movie. When Ben was asked about if it was him being the star compared to a limited scene, smaller co-star role in Tombstones, Ben joked "No Fu*king Sh*t Sherlock! But did say he was willing to do both only if he got to play the smaller role of Peter, so he didn't have to worry about scheduling conflicts and not working as much .They ended up choosing Boyd Holbrook over Foster and he immediately pulled out. See more »

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(at around 6 mins) The year jumps from 1991 to 1999. As soon as the year changes to 1999 Scudder is sitting in the diner reading the Daily News. However, the back page of the newspaper is a story about a Seton Hall Pirates basketball game from 1991 (the front page looks to be era correct as there is a story about Y2K). See more »

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Matt Scudder: I do favors for people and in return, they give me gifts. So, what can I do for you?
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Words and Music by Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks and Graham Nash
© Universal - Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc. on behalf of Gratto Music Ltd. (BMI)
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Liam Neeson tracks down heinous kidnapper-killers
26 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this picture, Liam Neeson steps away from action pictures and into the neo-noir world of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" (2014). The result is a solid and more than satisfying private detective story. He plays Matthew Scudder, the private eye of Lawrence Block's mystery stories. The locations are Brooklyn, Queens and other parts of the city of New York. Along the way, he makes the acquaintance of a young black kid (Brian Bradley) who lives in the streets and who sees Neeson as a hero private eye. Bradley even mentions Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, placing us squarely in the genre.

Kidnappers have targeted the wives of drug dealers, but these sickos are torturing their victims before chopping them up. Neeson reluctantly accepts the task of tracking them down.

Neeson makes a perfect recovering alcoholic and ex-cop. Neeson captures the screen and our attention with the best of any generation of movie actors. The direction of Scott Frank, who also wrote the screenplay, is skilled and effective without being flamboyant. He creates the noir milieu. His supporting cast likewise create a set of denizens of that world, updated to our time and place. The story is set in 1999, with an opening sequence in 1991.

Apart from that mention of earlier movie private eyes, this film is not self-conscious. It takes us right into its world.

Certainly recommended to all noir devotees.


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