The Contract (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  5 April 2007 (Germany)
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Ray Keene (John Cusack), a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son (Jamie Anderson), is trying to bring Carden (Morgan Freeman), a world-class assassin to justice. All the... See full summary »


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Ray Keene (John Cusack), a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son (Jamie Anderson), is trying to bring Carden (Morgan Freeman), a world-class assassin to justice. All the while, he must protect his son and evade the assassin's team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness. Written by Anonymous

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The only thing standing between an assassin and his target is a father who must protect his son. See more »

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 April 2007 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El contrato  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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According to Bruce Beresford in a book he wrote, Steven Seagal asked for a supporting role but was declined. See more »


(at around 1h 25 mins) After Carden kills Davis in the woods at the funeral with Davis' rifle, Carden wipes the finger prints off and leaves the rifle. Immediately following, he encounters Keene who demands the whereabouts of his son. Carden hands him the key to the room where the boy is held. Carden's fingerprints are all over the very large placard attached to the key. See more »


Frank: I'll be coming for you. Depend on it.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »


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Written by Frank Sorci and Jessica Tomich
Performed by Red Letter
Published by Sorci Music Publishing (BMI) / Three Degrees Music (BMI)
Courtesy of North Star Media
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What a disappointment
5 May 2007 | by (Graz, Austria) – See all my reviews

This film was a real let-down for Cusack and Freeman fans alike.

A movie doesn't have to have a large cast, doesn't need to include special effects, it can be good even if it runs for only 83 minutes and is set mostly in the woods- but in this case it just didn't work.

There are so many movies that come to mind while watching this one, déjà-vu all the time.

The plot is also very predictable and nothing much happens.

The only good thing is the scenery but the talents of the two stars are waisted here.

They did succeed in putting some Starbucks and Sony product placements in there though, even if the setting almost didn't allow for it.

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