A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily (as Emilie De Ravin)
Reedy Gibbs ...
Tracy Bitterolf ...
Straggler (as Tracy Wilcoxen)
Tangles (as Ari Velkom)


The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A detective story. See more »

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Rated R for violent and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ponta de um Crime  »

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$475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$83,574 (USA) (31 March 2006)


$2,060,589 (USA) (7 July 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


There's a theory on Rian Johnson's official forum that the The Brain only exists inside Brendan's mind. While Rian will neither confirm nor deny the theory, he has said it is "without a trace of irony, my favorite post on the forum." See more »


After Brendan's confrontation with Dode in the football field, he falls on the grass and briefly passes out. When he wakes up and hears Laura's horn, his clothing is dirty. When he reaches the tunnel to meet with Tug, The Pin, and Dode, his clothing is clean. See more »


[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


Brain Hammer
Written and Performed by The Hospital Bombers Experience
Courtesy of Amalgamated Conglomerate Music Inc.
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Saw the film at a screening, I'm telling all my friends...
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An instant classic. At once, it demands respect for its efforts. Creating an original film amidst the money-press-like formulaic cookie-cutters is reminiscent an act of rebellion against "the man", and this film has done a beautiful job of sticking it to 'em.

This is just an example of how a movie should be made, and I don't say things like that lightly.

Hell, you know it's going to be interesting when Neilson can only compare and contrast it with things like Memento and Donnie Darko on their little questionnaire. Rock on for intelligent life out there, keep it coming! I for one can't wait till it's released so I can watch for the things I know I missed! -Cognac

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