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Prisoners (2013)

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When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?


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How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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A hidden truth. A desperate search. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sospecha  »

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Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,817,053 (USA) (20 September 2013)


$60,962,878 (USA) (29 November 2013)

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According to writer Aaron Guzikowski, the original cut of the film was 3 hours. See more »


In the first scene, Keller is deer hunting with his son. We then see the two families celebrating Thanksgiving. The film takes place in Pennsylvania, where deer hunting season does not begin until the first Monday after Thanksgiving. See more »


[first lines]
Keller Dover: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
Ralph Dover: [shoots a deer]
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Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood), Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brien) and Phil Selway (as Philip Selway)
Performed by Radiohead
Courtesy of Xurbia Xendless Ltd
By arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music
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A brilliant masterpiece of atmosphere and suspense
20 September 2013 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

This was one intense movie-going experience. Throughout the entire running time of the movie, the suspense never lets up.

The director masterfully weaves the haunting atmosphere, and I was at the edge of my seat. The plot is a wonderful puzzle, unraveling slowly to reveal hidden layers of depth and complexity. The acting was wonderful, emotional and nuanced, with some unforgettable moments (The two leads - Gyllenhaal and Jackman - give their career best performances, but the biggest achievement in my opinion is Paul Dano's). The musical score contributes to a sense of dread, as well as the rich sound design and the chilly color palette of the breathtaking cinematography.

All those parts add up to a rare, gut-wrenching, dark and fascinating masterpiece - the kind that lingers with you long after the credits roll.

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