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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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The train sequence was shot with a green screen background because director Michael Mann had very precise ideas about what should be visible through the train windows. See more »


The smashed windshield is inconsistently broken throughout the film. 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

There is no sound during the opening DreamWorks logo sequence but the sound of a jet landing are heard during the Paramount logo sequence. In the non-US versions, the studio logos order is reversed, so there is no sound on Paramount's and a jet landing is heard over Dreamworks'. See more »


Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Arranged by Tim Hahn, Kilian Forster & Tobias Forster
Performed by Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion
Courtesy of Sony Classical and Sony Music Entertainment (Germany) GmbH & Co., KG
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

Tom Cruise - Better than I thought!
10 July 2005 | by (South East of England) – See all my reviews

This film could be a major turning point in Tom's career. He plays Vincent with cold-blooded charm. It is wonderful to watch a character stay flawless throughout an entire film and not be OTT with Hollywood FX etc. The dialogue between Vincent and Max is brilliant and the tug of hate they exchange brings out some chilling truths.

I love the way this movie has been filmed. It almost shows you the dark side of LA as well as the dark side of life.

The soundtrack cruises through the film beautifully. It is well timed at crucial scenes and when the film is done, you just want to buy the soundtrack to listen to.

Everyone that I have recommended this film to have been well pleased. However, Tom Cruise was sensational in this film and I was never keen on him. This film sits high in the rankings table for me and I am telling those who haven't seen it - YOU MUST!

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This hasn't aged well... soundoflight
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Love the film but there were three major head scratchers. ephraimcassion
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how much pay for vincent for his 5 hits? johnny-maxwell18
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