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The Brave One (2007)

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A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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David Kirmani,a medical professional, lives in an apartment with his sweetheart, Erica Bain, a radio host, and his dog. They usually take the dog out for a stroll in nearby Central Park and let him run and fetch. One day while at the park they let the dog run without a leash, and when he does not return or respond to their calls, they frantically search for him. They eventually find him being held by three men who want a reward. When David refuses, they start to molest Erica and David intervenes. Two of the men assault the couple, while the third uses a camcorder to film this incident. Erica is knocked unconscious, and regains her senses several days later in a hospital. She is told the shocking news that David was killed and the dog is missing. A traumatized Erica returns home to try and regain her life. She also visits the police station but does not get much help. Fearful of a repeat of this type of incident, she gets an unlicensed gun and carries it with her all the time. One day ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neustrašiva  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,471,488 (USA) (14 September 2007)


$36,789,772 (USA) (22 November 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Terrence Howard shadowed Neal Carter, a veteran NYPD homicide detective, to research his role. Carter's first job as a movie consultant was on Jodie Foster's Inside Man (2006). See more »


When Detective Vitale drives to pick up the iPod kid, he passes a woman wearing jeans walking away from the park bench as he drives up; as he is getting out of his car, we see the same woman walk right by the bench. See more »


[first lines]
Erica: [voiceover, doing her radio show] I'm Erica Bain. And as *you* know, I walk the city. I bitch and moan about it. I walk and watch and listen, a witness to all the beauty and ugliness that is disappearing from our beloved city. Last week took me to the gray depths of the East River where Dmitri Panchenko swims his morning laps, like he has every morning since the 1960s. And today I walked by the acres of scaffolding outside what used to be the Plaza Hotel. And I thought about Eloise....
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Written by Eddy Arnold & Cindy Walker
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Terrific performances from Jodi Foster and Terrence Howard
9 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this movie was much better than i had hoped or expected it to be.it basically turns the vigilante genre on its head,and has a female character as the vigilante.like any vigilante movie,it certainly poses tough questions.it contains some terrific performances in it's two lead characters,Jodi Foster as the vigilante,and Terrance Howard as the cop on her trail.both are outstanding and very credible in their respective roles.Foster really makes you sympathetic to her character and rooting for her,even though you probably shouldn't.Howard's character is also sympathetic,because he has mixed feelings,but has to follow the law.he comes off very convincingly as someone who is conflicted.the movie is well paced and appropriately dark.even before the end of the movie,i thought it was well done,but the ending caught me totally off guard.it elevated the movie a notch.for me,The Brave One is a 9/10

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