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The Book of Eli (2010)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  15 January 2010 (USA)
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A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.


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Martha (as Frances De La Tour)
Hijacker / Construction Thug
Keith Davis ...
Hijacker (as Don Theerathada)


In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book,... Written by Harry Jankel, London, England

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We walk by faith not by sight See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El libro de los secretos  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,232,001 (UK) (15 January 2010)


$94,822,707 (USA) (7 May 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denzel Washington shed about 50 pounds in preparation for the role. See more »


After serving Eli his dinner and water Claudia left the room and the door was locked behind her. But a few scenes later when Solara enters Eli's room to offer her body, she just walks in without unlocking the door. See more »


[first lines]
Young Woman Hijacker: Please, don't hurt me. Here, take anything you want. You want some food? Take it.
Eli: I'm not gonna hurt you.
Young Woman Hijacker: Yeah? That's what the last guy said. Could... could you help me? The wheel came off. I can't fix it. Maybe if I... if I could... but I can't.
Eli: You know the only good thing about no soap... is that you can smell hijackers a mile off!
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Aside from the title, there are no opening credits. See more »


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User Reviews

A great example of post-apocalyptic film making.
11 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the recent revival of the post-apocalyptic genre in Hollywood, it would be easy to overlook this film, and that would be a mistake. Thirty years from now the world is a barren, desolate wasteland filled with the charred remains of a civilization that destroyed itself through war. In this bleak future a lone man wanders west (Denzel Washington), guided by nothing more than faith, to deliver the last remaining copy of a book that changed the world, and will do so again. While Washington seeks to deliver the book to those who would do good with it, a local warlord (Gary Oldman), an erudite student of Mussolini, wants to possess the book so he can use the words to sway the masses and become a powerful dictator. The characters are very well acted, the action is fluid and well choreographed, and the setting seeps into your skin, immersing the viewer in a world devoid of faith but in desperate need of salvation. The final plot twist is creative, unexpected, and poetically just. The Book of Eli should shoot to the top of your Netflix queue.

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