Shattered (2007)
"Butterfly on a Wheel" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 August 2007 (Israel)
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Karwandy ...
Julie Patzwald ...
Female Teller
Jason McKinnon ...
French Waiter
Kurt Evans ...
Maitre D'


In Chicago, Neil Randall - family man and executive of an advertisement agency - has a perfect life. He expects to be promoted in his job soon, he has a beautiful and sexy wife, Abby, a lovely daughter, Sophie, and he lives in a wonderful house. When Neil's boss, Karl Granger, invites him to spend the weekend in his country cottage, Abby hires a nanny for Sophie, so Abby can spend the day with her sister, Diane. While driving Abby to meet Diane, a stranger who was hidden on the backseat appears with a gun, and informs them that he has kidnapped Sophie. He introduces himself as Ryan, and states that for twenty-four hours the couple will obey his orders, otherwise he will kill Sophie. By keeping the couple under his total control, he makes it clear that he is a calculating sociopath with nothing to lose, and the intention of destroying Neil's perfect life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one knows how far they can go... until they are pushed. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Shattered  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is taken from the phrase "Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?", meaning taking massive effort in achieving something minor. (See: "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut".) See more »


As Neil and Abby prepare to get out the car to go into the bank, you hear Tom say ' ... you'll never see your daughter again' but as the camera cuts to Tom, his lips do not move on the last words of that sentence. See more »


Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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Remade as Athithi (2014) See more »


I'll Take Care of You
Written by Brook Benton
Performed by Irma Thomas
Published by Famous Music Publishing Company Ltd.
Courtesy of Rounder Records.
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3 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this movie until it showed up on DVD sites a couple of weeks ago. Then I read the comments here and thought, "Pass." But there was not much to choose from the other night, and the suspense/mystery/thriller genre is my favotire these days, so ... I picked it up. Glad I did because my wife and I enjoyed the movie. Certainly not a GREAT film, but very good. I liked the story, the film was nice and short, good characters. And we loved the ending and the twists. They were very clever. Overall, a solid suspense drama. Too bad this film didn't get released. Saw 4, on the other hand, goes wide and makes a ton.

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