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Cleaner -- Tom Carver (Jackson) is an ex-cop who now makes his living decontaminating and cleaning up crime scenes. But his life of order and control is suddenly turned upside down when one of his jobs proves to be messier than he anticipated.
Cleaner -- A former cop (Jackson) who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.


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Writer (WGA):
Matthew Aldrich (written by)
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18 January 2008 (Finland) See more »
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A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Tom Cutler

Ed Harris ... Eddie Lorenzo

Eva Mendes ... Ann Norcut

Luis Guzmán ... Det. Jim Vargas

Keke Palmer ... Rose Cutler

Maggie Lawson ... Cherie

Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Miguel

Robert Forster ... Arlo Grange

Edrick Browne ... Det. Darrin Harris

Marc Macaulay ... Vic

Rosalind Rubin ... Crying Woman
Mike Guy ... Priest #1
Richard Folmer ... Priest #2
James Barnes ... Lawyer

Linda Leonard ... Francine Mason

Ritchie Montgomery ... George Walton

Patrick Kirton ... Jeff Lang

Peyton Wetzel ... Hotel Manager

Yuriana Kim ... Korean Woman
Stephanie Barnes ... Marcy

Peter Franzén ... Police Officer Bronson

Sarah Ann Schultz ... Reporter Paula Felton

Christa Campbell ... Coach Beth Jensen
Jada K. Cox ... Coach Kylie Harris
Sara Jane Henriques ... Gabriella
Angelina Rivera ... Lila

Jackson Hurst ... Paramedic (as Jackson [Ryan] Hurst)

Ron Jacobsohn ... Church Custodian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lili Asvar ... Detective (uncredited)
John T. Billingsley ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Heather Bloom ... Reunion Friend (uncredited)
Kip Cummings ... Hearse Driver (uncredited)
Jon Dainty ... Off-Duty Fireman (uncredited)
Brad Dison ... News Crew Boom Operator (uncredited)
Tammy Eaton ... Reunion Friend (uncredited)

Ron Fagan ... Detective (uncredited)

Ted Ferguson ... The Hot Dog Man (uncredited)

Rosemary Garris ... Detective (uncredited)
Chuck Halley ... Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
Michael J. Hebert ... Business Executive (uncredited)

Rodney Hill Jr. ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)

Walt Hollis ... Off Duty Police Officer (uncredited)

Richard F Law ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Josh Madden ... News Crew Camera Operator (uncredited)
Mike Martindale ... Detective (uncredited)
Amy McGee ... Magazine Stand Patron (uncredited)

Terry Milam ... Victim's Neighbor (uncredited)

Wayne Douglas Morgan ... Off Duty Police Officer (uncredited)
Desi Page ... Jump Roper (uncredited)
Ashley-Anne Parker ... (uncredited)

James Paul ... Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Participant (uncredited)
Jeannie Perrin ... Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Participant (uncredited)

Cynthia Riser ... News Crew Reporter (uncredited)
Raleigh L. Shelton II ... Boy at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Cassidy Smith ... Mourner - Grand-daughter (uncredited)

Bill Stinchcomb ... Detective (uncredited)

George Wilson ... Detective (uncredited)

Julie Wittner ... Voice Over (uncredited)

Directed by
Renny Harlin 
Writing credits
Matthew Aldrich (written by)

Produced by
Danny Dimbort .... executive producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... producer
Joe Gatta .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Paul Green .... executive producer
Lati Grobman .... producer
Samuel L. Jackson .... producer
Avi Lerner .... producer
Alix Madigan .... producer (as Alix Madigan-Yorkin)
David Pomier .... line producer (as Dave Pomier)
Eli Selden .... executive producer
Trevor Short .... executive producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Gibbs 
Cinematography by
Scott Kevan 
Film Editing by
Brian Berdan 
Casting by
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Richard Berg 
Art Direction by
Tim Eckel 
Set Decoration by
Hannah Beachler 
Costume Design by
Susanna Puisto 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup department head
Camille Friend .... hair department head
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Klexius Kolby .... makeup artist: Ms. Mendes
Francisco X. Pérez .... assistant makeup artist (as Francisco X. Perez)
JoAnn Stafford-Chaney .... assistant hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson
Production Management
Jerry Gilbert .... post-production supervisor
Diana Lui .... additional production supervisor: pre-production
David Pomier .... unit production manager
Joshua Throne .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynn Wegenka .... second assistant director
Marvin Williams .... second second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gayle Anderson .... scrapbook artist
Jack Ballance .... set designer
Chris Britt .... lead man
Mike Cunningham .... property master
James Diggs .... lead painter
Melanie Ferguson .... on-set dresser
Joey Gbur .... set dresser
Jonathan Gesinski .... storyboard artist
J.D. Jacoby .... key on-set dresser
Jessica Lee .... art department
Diego J. Martinez .... art department coordinator
Elizabeth Mire .... set dressing buyer
F. Andrew Scott .... stand-by painter
Floyd B. Sterling .... set dresser
Jason Wilson .... propmaker
Tom R. Wilson .... construction coordinator
Eric Wolfe .... carpenter
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... sound mixer
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Randy Babajtis .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Alex Brazan .... sound editor
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Robert Dehn .... assistant sound editor
Jason Dotts .... sound editor
J. Alex Faucheux .... sound editor
Jason Gaya .... assistant sound editor
Judah Getz .... foley mixer
Jerry Gilbert .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Gradnigo .... sound editor
Chris Main .... boom operator
Zach Michaelis .... foley artist
Jonathan Miller .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Stuart Provine .... sound designer
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Jared Watt .... sound utility
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Angelina Borisowa .... visual effects assistant editor
Derek Bourque .... visual effects artist
Lawles Bourque .... visual effects artist
Rachel Clement .... digital cleanup artist
Scott Coulter .... visual effects producer: Worldwide FX
Yasen Denev .... digital matte painter
Ivelina Dobreva .... digital compositor
Stanislav Draganov .... visual effects
John Lands .... visual effects coordinator
Dennis Little .... DI producer
Carolina Loreto .... digital effects artist
Jordan Markov .... visual effects editor
Nikolay Pachov .... visual effect assistant editor
Milena Peneva .... visual effects coordinator
Nick Peshunoff .... visual effects coordinator
Stefan Tchakarov .... visual effects production supervisor: Worldwide FX
Vladimir Zdravkov .... visual effects systems administrator
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (uncredited)
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt coordinator
Davey Thompson .... stunt double: Ed Harris
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Babin .... rigging grip best boy
Danny Brazen .... key grip
Darwin Montana Browne .... co-key grip
Kevin Carlisle .... grip
Duane Cooper .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Rowland Egerton .... rigging grip
Dan Furst .... video assist operator
Kevin Gazdik .... best boy rigging electric
Josh Greer .... "A" Camera 2nd AC
Doug Huete .... best boy electric
Scott Salvatore Ippolito .... assistant camera (as Scott Ippolito)
Joe Iverson .... electrician
Franklin Jones II .... best boy rigging grip
Eric Leach .... camera operator: "a" camera operator
Eric Leftridge .... first assistant camera
Chris Leidholdt .... rigging key grip
Jim Leidholdt .... dolly grip
Luis Lopez DeVictoria .... grip
Dominic Mainl .... key first assistant camera
Bradley Martin .... electrician
Mason McGuire .... rigging electric
Michael Melendez .... rigging electrician
Robert Morrison .... grip
Shawn A. Mutchler .... epk camera operator
Charlie Nauman .... camera production assistant
John Orphan .... assistant camera: "c" camera
Robert Owen .... lighting technician
Trace Schneider .... electrician
Wayne Sharp .... grip
Jeff Taylor .... film loader
Taj J. Teffaha .... Steadicam operator
Taj J. Teffaha .... camera operator: "b" camera
Daniel Tkaczyk .... lighting technician
Jeremy Webre .... lighting technician
Lisa Wiegand .... camera operator: "c" camera
Jay W. Yowler .... gaffer
Casting Department
Jamie Baremore .... local casting assistant
Brent Caballero .... extras casting
Tara Duncil .... extras casting
Tara Duncil .... local casting associate
Corey Flaspoehler .... assistant: local casting director
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... background casting
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... local casting
Natalie Patterson .... background casting
Gene Vassilaros .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leoisick Castro .... key costumer
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer: Mr. Jackson
Shannon Jantz .... costumer
Meriwether Nichols .... set costumer
Jared Pendergrass .... wardrobe assistant
Lexi Price .... costume assistant
Beverley Woods .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... film and high definition coordinator
Tom Dailey .... assistant editor
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
Candice Levy .... post-production coordinator
Dennis Little .... digital intermediate producer
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... production supervisor: digital intermediate
Music Department
Selena Arizanovic .... music coordinator
Jorge Costa .... score mixer
Gordon Fordyce .... score mixer
Stephanie Lowry .... music editor
Chris Morgan .... scoring assistant
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Ashley Waldron .... music supervisor (as Ashley Miller)
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mark Bascle .... security driver: Samuel Jackson
Monte Emery .... transportation
Connie Herring .... local transportation captain
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Robert Jepson .... set dec driver
Robert Larriviere .... transportation office intern
Vicki Lybrand .... transportation dispatcher
Beverly Reeves .... driver
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Felicia Zamora .... driver
Other crew
Danny 'Dano' Anderson .... set production assistant
Craig Antioco .... epk director
Adam Babin .... production secretary
Lamonte Bell .... payroll accountant
Richard E. Carter II .... on-set assistant: Mr. Harris (as Richard Carter)
Alexandre Coscas .... assistant: Mr. Lerner
Mona Coulter .... travel agent
Trang Dang .... production coordinator
Christina DeCharles .... location assistant
Heather Fielding .... studio teacher
Brian Foley .... assistant: Ms. Selden
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Ashley Franklin .... production office assistant
Gabriel Georgiev .... location scout
Jeffrey Giles .... assistant: Mr. Gatta
Jennette Ginsburg .... assistant: Mr. Flannigan & Mr. Pomier
Eric Green .... marketing and publicity
Chris Hadlock .... assistant production coordinator
James Jereza .... set medic
Kyoko Kageyama .... travel coordinator
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Alan J. Lam .... production controller
Liz Landers .... key craft service
Ed Lipscomb .... location supervisor
Michelle C. Lipscomb .... location coordinator
Jennifer Malloy .... assistant: Mr. Golin
Joan Mao .... assistant: Mr. Davidson
Tyrone McCoy .... on-set assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Ty McCoy)
Gregory McNamara .... location manager
Isaac Meisenheimer .... production assistant
John A. Metoyer .... location assistant
Steven Miramontz .... stand-in: Miguel
Aleksi Mäkelä .... visual consultant (as Aleksi Makela)
Rouslan Ovtcharoff .... production associate
Felisha N. Grice Pedersen .... set production assistant (as Felisha N. Grice)
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs
Vicki L. Sawyer .... production accountant
Dan Seligman .... assistant: Ms. Madigan & Mr. Green (as Dan Seligmann)
Oren Senderman .... assistant: Mr. Flannigan
Ann Shimabukuro .... key set production assistant
Julie Simmons .... on-set assistant: Ms. Mendes
Nikki Stanghetti .... assistant: Mr. Harlin
Ray Tamayo .... staff accountant
Tanya Thanadpojanamart .... director: distribution services
Portia Tickell .... script supervisor (as Portia Belmont)
Alexis Tippin .... accounting clerk
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning manager
Roman Viaris-de-Lesegno .... vice president finance
Dana Wilkey .... product placement
Anthony Yuse .... set production assistant
Derek Wayne Johnson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kathleen Blanco .... special thanks (as Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco)
Cedric B. Glover .... special thanks (as Mayor of Shreveport Cedric B. Glover)
Liisa Harjola .... thanks
Little Harlin .... thanks
Luukas Harlin .... thanks
Heini Henttu .... thanks
Markus Selin .... thanks
Lorenz Walker .... special thanks (as Mayor of Bossier City Lorenz Walker)

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Rated R for bloody images, some violence and language
88 min | Canada:93 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Finland:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Principal photography was completed one day ahead of schedule, on March 15, 2007. It was also director Renny Harlin's 48th birthday.See more »
Continuity: At the end, Ed Harris is pointing his gun at Samuel Jackson with the trigger in the rearward position, something that only happens when the double action/single action Beretta is cocked. The trigger should be at rest, in the forward position. When agitated, Ed cocks the hammer and we see that the trigger is still in the rearward position. Only at cocking should the trigger have gone from forward position to rear position.See more »
[last lines]
Eddie Lorenzo:Who's gonna clean you up Tom?
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Movie Connections:
References "Columbo" (1971)See more »
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly sluggish and dull for what should have been a thriller, 10 August 2008
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Tom Cutler is a crime scene cleaner – his company is contracted to remove the blood and gore left behind when the authorities have removed the bodies. A former cop, Tom is also a widower with a teenage daughter to look after. Tom gets a job like any other and cleans the mess from a bloody murder in a rich neighbourhood so that nothing remains for the family to see. He goes back the next day to find the family home but that they have no knowledge of his work or indeed that anything untoward happened. Trying to contact the cop who gave Tom the job turns out to be a dead end and a fake name, meaning that Tom has effectively deleted all evidence of a murder before anyone else knew about it. When the police launch a "missing persons" enquiry into a high-profile man in a police corruption case, Tom quickly finds himself up to his neck in trouble.

The cast attracted me to this and I wondered why, with all these people involved, I hadn't heard of it. Watching it helped me understand why it never came to my attention because it doesn't ever get going before it hurts itself. The concept is good enough as we have a former police officer now cleaning crime scenes used to delete the record of murder. On paper what happens also works well as skeletons come out of the closet and the stakes get higher as Tom nears the truth, however when it comes to delivery on screen, it all falls apart. The opening of the film is brisk enough but when it gets to the point where it has to start doing something (ie specifically when the crime is discovered) the film seems to slip into neutral gear and just coast on as before. As a result we get lots of stuff that don't work and should have been minimised or removed and also lots of stuff that is too average to impress.

What I am talking about is the lack of pace and tension in the film; I know that Tom is an older character and that a good thriller doesn't need shouting or running to engage but this film definitely needs some energy injected into it. It drags its way through the plot to the obvious conclusion (and, detail aside, it is pretty obvious) and it never really made me sit up and take notice. A lot of the problem is with the writing because on one hand we clearly have a film that is put together as a thriller but then on the other hand the writer seems keen to drive the film from the characters. Thus we have scenes of domestic troubles, moments with characters revealing things about themselves and, to be blunt, too much talking. It wouldn't matter if the film did this in a way that engaged me but at the same time it is attracting you with the thriller plot so that all this other stuff feels like a waste of time – they could have worked together but here they don't.

The cast can do nothing with it either, although none of them really help themselves. Considering what better films all those involved have done, it is disappointing to see them struggle or fail in different ways. Jackson appears to have been mis-directed because he is looking for something from within his character instead of just flicking into "thriller mode". Neither the material nor the film rewards this approach and his performance ends up feeling like another distraction. He does work well with Palmer though (who herself is very good) but again this whole side of the film feels like a distraction. Harris is obvious and a bit lazy, while Guzmán plays it the way you expect. Mendes is the biggest let-down for me. I know many don't rate her but I think she is good at what she does but, here, she just struggles with her dialogue and character and is about as poor as I think I've seen her.

Overall then what we have here is a flat film that never really sparks into life in any regard. The thriller core lacks energy and the associated threads of family etc are not allowed to grow and end up just being distractions. You can see the potential but without decided what it wants to be, general uncertainty has prevented anyone working too hard and has produced a surprisingly sluggish and dull affair.

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