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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emerald-Angel Young ...
Denise Rice (as Emerald Angel Young)
Rupert Ames (as Joshua Stewart)


Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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How do you stop a killer who is already behind bars? See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de ira  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,039,502 (USA) (16 October 2009)


$73,343,413 (USA) (29 January 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


F. Gary Gray: The detective who hands Garza the evidence bag after the execution scene. See more »


When Clyde throws the keys to the cop tied up in the trunk of the police car, he closes the trunk, where a license plate saying "MONTREAL" is clearly visible. The movie takes place in Philadelphia. The Montreal skyline is also visible during many shots. See more »


Nick Rice: [Tasting his daughter's French toast] it's very good, you cook better than your mother
Kelly Rice: [Upon entering the kitchen from another room] I heard that, are you going to our daughter's recital this afternoon?
Nick Rice: I thought you were going to order the DVD.
Kelly Rice: That's not the same.
Denise Rice: [to Kelly] Its ok I know dad's got to work.
Nick Rice: That's right dad's got to work, and what does dad do during the day?
Denise Rice: Lock up bad guys
Nick Rice: And why does he do that?
Denise Rice: To keep us safe
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Referenced in Grand Theft Auto V (2013) See more »


Written by Tom Araya (as Tomas Araya), Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman
Performed by Slayer
Courtesy of American Recordings, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Citizen Abides
16 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A solid movie. It was not predictable. The actors were great in their roles except for a sub-par Leslie Bibb (TV actress with waning looks). After the first five minutes I thought I made my assumptions of what was going to happen but I was totally wrong.

Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx work perfect against each other. There are a few lulls in the movie towards the end but overall it was a real good movie.

Perhaps the message of this movie can somehow persuade real change in our legal practices. It is worth seeing. The way the film is shot and the sound effects make this an intense movie.

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