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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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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 »

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

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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

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Días de ira  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$73,343,413 (USA) (29 January 2010)
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Portions of this movie were filmed in the former Broad Meadows correctional facility. Since 1995 when a new Delaware County, Pennsylvania correctional facility opened, Broad Meadows has been used for storage, according to the Delaware County Times newspaper. The now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadephia was used for some prison exteriors. See more »

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Clyde ordered french fries (pommes frites) to go with this steak as part of his deal, however, came lunch time, no fries were served. See more »

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Nick Rice: [In court] in light of Mr. Shelton's economic means and his potential flight risk, the egregious nature of both Mr. Darby's and Mr. Ames's deaths. The states that bail be denied your honor
Judge Laura Burch: Seeing how you've waived your right to counsel Mr. Shelton, do you have anything to say?
Clyde Shelton: Yes I do, should I stand?
Judge Laura Burch: [from the judge's bench] Please
Clyde Shelton: [to the judge] I'm a "law abiding citizen" I'm just a "regular guy" I am not a flight risk, this is my first alleged offense, the prosecution has not presented one ...
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Sin's a Good Man's Brother
Written by Mark Farner
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A morality tale with plenty of action
19 October 2009 | by (Saint Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that's extremely fun to watch in the theaters because you get to hear and see everyone's reaction to each of his killings. The best one had people actually saying loudly "wow" and "oh my god!".

What drew me to the movie was the fact that the hero wasn't going around killing people with his bare hands or face to face. He was doing it with his mind, with careful planning, and deft precision. That was something refreshing to see. I can totally relate to his feelings of anger over the flaws in the justice system and his desire to take matters into his own hands - to make things right.

The ending was disappointing but the rest of the film was not and I liked it overall.


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