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Collateral (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  6 August 2004 (USA)
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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.



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LA cabbie Max Durocher is the type of person who can wax poetic about other people's lives, which impresses U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell, one of his fares, so much that she gives him her telephone number at the end of her ride. Although a dedicated man as seen through the efficiency in which he does his work, he can't or won't translate that eloquence into a better life for himself. He deludes himself into believing that his now twelve year cabbie job is temporary and that someday he will own his own limousine service. He even lies to his hospitalized mother that he already owns one, with a further lie that he tells her as such primarily to make her happy, rather than the truth which is that he won't do anything to achieve that dream. One night, Max picks up a well dressed man named Vincent, who asks Max to be his only fare for the evening. For a flat fee of $600, plus an extra $100 if he gets to the airport on time - Vincent wants Max to drive him to five stops ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It started like any other night


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Michael Mann Project  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,701,458 (USA) (6 August 2004)


$7,648,801 (Japan) (10 December 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fernando Meirelles revealed on BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row that he turned down the chance to direct the film because it would mean relocating from his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles, California for 8 months. See more »


After the body falls on top of the cab, starting when we see Vincent washing off the roof, the "Taxi" and yellow ad signs are repaired with gaffer tape. We never saw them repaired. See more »


[first lines]
Vincent: You OK?
Airport Man: Yeah, I'm fine mate, don't worry about it.
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Crazy Credits

The Dreamworks and Paramount logos are in black and white. See more »


Steel Cello Lament
from Heat (1995)
Written & Performed by Elliot Goldenthal
Courtesy of Regency Enterprises
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User Reviews

Thank you God, for Noir has Returned!

One of the most beautifully crafted movies of the past 10 years. Why this movie is going by with very little publicity is beyond me. It has incredible screenplay, incredible directing (Michael Mann puts his trademark two cents in with the camera work and gritty feeling left from the lighting) and above all, great acting. Foxx and Cruise work together in a way unrivaled since..... Excellent story with little or no plot holes I could find. No cheesy lines, although the ending was quite rehashed from other suspense thrillers. All in all, this movie exceeded my expectations for a summer movie.

Pros:Excellent Acting, Screenplay, Plot, Script, and Directing Cons: Unoriginal Ending, seems a bit overly dramatic.


This was quite a beautiful movie.

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This hasn't aged well... soundoflight
All the SILVER in Collatoral kooi2000
Jason Statham Cameo JohnnyMocny
Love the film but there were three major head scratchers. ephraimcassion
So witness protection isn't a thing in this movie? bradleyjim84
how much pay for vincent for his 5 hits? johnny-maxwell18
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