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Shoot 'Em Up (2007)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  7 September 2007 (USA)
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A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Pilon ...
Sidney Mende-Gibson ...
Lucas Mende-Gibson ...
Kaylyn Yellowlees ...
Hertz's Driver
Tony Munch ...
Man Who Rides Shotgun
Killer Shot in Behind
1st Killer (as Wiley Pickett)
Club Bouncer


Late at night, in an unnamed U.S. city, a solitary man sits at a bus stop. A pregnant woman runs by, pursued by a man with a gun. With reluctance, the man at the bus stop rescues her and assists with the baby's delivery, while additional pursuers fire at them, including the gang's particularly nasty leader, an intuitive man named Hertz. Our hero, known only as Smith, determines to save the child and find out why Hertz wants the baby dead. At a local bordello, he tries to employ a lactating hooker to watch the child, but things quickly escalate, and this makeshift family is soon on the run. Heavy metal music calms the baby. Why? A laboratory, gun factory, and presidential campaign all figure in Smith's quest for the child's safe deliverance. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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gun | baby | night | shootout | hero | See All (242) »


Just another family man making a living. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Feu à volonté  »

Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,716,554 (USA) (7 September 2007)


$12,796,824 (USA) (12 October 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bus that Donna and Smith leave town on says its destination is "wherever". See more »


In the final scene at the café, a fat guy is sipping his milkshake having more than half of his glass empty. When Smith, angered by a row of irritants, starts shooting, a bullet breaks a fat guy's glass, which is surprisingly full. Also the type of glass is changed: the full glass, which exploded was not knurled, but smooth from the outside. (It also makes you wonder what the trajectory of the bullet was and where it ended up.) See more »


[first lines]
1st Killer: You're dead, bitch!
[walks past Smith]
1st Killer: What the hell you looking at?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits the New Line logo, a film frame, initially appears without its sprocket holes. The holes then appear one by one to the sound of gunshots. See more »


References Sideways (2004) See more »


Written and Performed by Jesca Hoop
Courtesy of Stage Three Music and Curuja Songs
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Absurd fun.
8 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A film that aims to be a parody on the extremeness and over-the-top tendencies of the action genre, and succeeds in becoming entertaining and exhilarating. I doubt there will be a more entertaining piece of work this year. It was so over-the-top and hilarious. Some of it did go a tid bit too far for me (the firefight while jumping out of a plane, the fact that there wasn't a single cop to be found) but all of the wild absurdity combined with an encompassing metal soundtrack and perfectly choreographed action made it one of the funnest movies I've ever seen. The clash of Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti certainly added a great stride to it, with Clive's deadpan hilarity and Giamatti's winning charisma. It's this extravagance and extreme unrealism that makes the film entertaining, but can also be a flaw from time to time. But it is absolutely impossible not to have an uproarious time watching Clive Owen shoot an umbilical cord to separate it from the mother, kill numerous people with a simple carrot, and (in my favorite scene of the film) have raunchy sex with Monica Bellucci whilst laying out an endless supply of armed hit men. Certainly something I could see myself re-watching time and time again.

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