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Crank (2006)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  1 September 2006 (USA)
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Professional assassin Chev Chelios learns his rival has injected him with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops.


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When the hit-man Chev Chelios is poisoned by the criminal Verona. His friend and doctor Miles advises him that he must keep his adrenaline levels elevated to stay alive. Chev meets his girlfriend Eve and together they look for Verona to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Was uns nicht umbringt, macht uns stark. (German Translation: What does not kill us, makes us stronger.) See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexuality, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adrenalin  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£450,141 (UK) (1 September 2006)


$67,871 (New Zealand) (1 December 2006)

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Did You Know?


There are a number of references to 80's arcade games in the film. In the opening credits there are flashes of arcade boot up sequences and the high score table of Robotron: 2084 (1982) is briefly displayed. Verona's sidekick is seen playing Berzerk (1980) in the car. The humanoid graphic of Berzerk is also displayed on the male toilet door Chev enters. See more »


Throughout the movie, references to "Chinese" items and characters are continually made. "Don Kim" is said to be Chinese though Kim is traditionally a Korean name. In the "Chinatown" section of the movie, when the school girls are interviewed for the news, they are speaking Korean. Also in the warehouse the workers also speak Korean. A hint that this is a purposeful "mistake" by the director/writer is made when, in the hospital, a page is heard calling for anyone who can speak Korean. See more »


TV Reporter: Again, this footage is live and uncensored, so if you have any small children, you may want to have them leave the room.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, we see "Crank" as if it was a retro video game. Chev shoots two henchmen, then he takes a needle containing drugs and goes into RAMPAGE mode and runs fast. He runs into another henchman who injects him with "The Bejing Cocktail", the camera zooms in on Chev's heart which explodes and blood splatters on the screen. And the words "Game Over" appears on the screen. See more »


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User Reviews

Way better than you're probably thinking it is
9 July 2007 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is surprisingly excellent. I mean, it's crap, but it's good crap, and that's worth a lot. The premise is basically Speed meets D.O.A. (the 1950 movie starring Edward O'Brien). Jason Statham (of the Transporter movies) is a hit-man who has a lethal Chinese poison coursing through his veins. If he slows down, if his adrenaline level drops, he drops dead. In his last moments, he rushes to find his killer and others responsible, snatching as many energy drinks and drugs as he can get his hands on along the way. This is some fun stuff, and hilarious, too. The editing is the MTV-style of many modern action movies, so avoid it if you can't stand that. I hope the directors, who also wrote the script, succeed even more so in the future.

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