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A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.



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A biochemist and his dishy wife arrive in Berlin for a conference at which a scientist and his controversial Arab funder will announce breakthrough research. While his wife checks into the hotel, he grabs a cab to return to the airport for his briefcase, left at the curb. En route, an auto accident puts him in a coma, from which he awakes four days later without identification and with gaps in his memory. He goes to the hotel: his wife refuses to recognize him and another man has claimed his identity. With help from a nurse, the cab driver, a retired Stasi agent, and an academic friend, he tries to unravel what's going on. Is the answer in the briefcase? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Take back your life.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 February 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unknown  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,453,015 (USA) (18 February 2011)


$61,094,903 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the shooting and release of this film, Liam Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, died from a skiing accident. See more »


The passport inspection scene at the airport shows that the film is set in November 2010. The entire film shows German Police cars as being green-silver in color and Police uniforms as green-beige. However, in 2010 the State Police of Berlin had started switching the color of uniforms to blue and the color of Police cars to silver-blue. Due to the amount of Police officers/cars involved in the story, at least some should have had the new color scheme. See more »


[first lines]
Pilot's Voice: Ladies and gentlemen, we're beginning our descent into Berlin Tegel, where local time is 8:30 AM, and the temperature is a cool minus four degrees.
Dr. Martin Harris: Morning.
Elizabeth Harris: Did you sleep?
Dr. Martin Harris: No. I'll sleep at the hotel.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown as clouds being viewed from an airplane blow past... not so crazy, except that it actually makes one of the credits unreadable. See more »


Referenced in Maltin on Movies: Unknown & Cedar Rapids (2011) See more »


Performed by Sultana Ensemble
Written by Yoel Ben-Simhon (ASCAP)
Published by Lovecat Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
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User Reviews

Keeps your attention
8 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has watched Liam Neeson's movies have grown accustom to a character that is always thrown into absurd situations but can still somehow use wit, power and skills to get himself out. Unknown offers the same formula but it still works. This movie caught my attention from the get go. I enjoy how Liam is believable in these roles and you forget that he's getting up there in age, if anything, he makes it seem like this is what any man his age is capable of. He is awaken from a coma to discover that his identity has been taken by someone else. Worst yet, his wife doesn't seem to recognize him. With the help of the woman that saved his life, in a country that is not his home, Liam seeks about to prove himself. This movie is action packed and keeps you on the edge while you try to figure out what is going on. And I feel the ending does not disappoint. Enjoyable, entertaining, action packed and thrilling!

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