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Contraband (2012)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 January 2012 (USA)
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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bryce
Paul LeBlanc ...
CBP Official
Amber Gaiennie ...
Danny's Bride


Chris Faraday once smuggled illegal items or contraband into the country on freighters. He left that life behind, got married, has a family and went legit. But when his brother-in-law got involved with Briggs, a drug dealer and when he blew a deal, Briggs demands restitution which he can't deliver. So Chris offers to find a way to pay Briggs but then he threatens Chris' family if he doesn't deliver. So he gets on a freighter destined for Panama and he sets out to bring back some counterfeit currency. Briggs "goes to see" Chris' family. When Chris learns of this he asks his friend Sebastian to take care of them which he does. He tells Chris that it would be better to bring drugs instead of the cash. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you hide to protect your family?

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contrabando  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,349,815 (USA) (13 January 2012)


$66,489,425 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The painting stolen appears to be "One: Number 31" by Jackson Pollock. The actual painting is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It has an undisclosed insurance value, though it is estimated to be in excess of $200 million. See more »


During the freighter crash there is prop wash which indicates the boat is under power. The alleged problem would not preclude stopping the engine and propeller. See more »


Sebastian Abney: [one of Chris sons hit him with a paper ball] Good aim.
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Written by Neiver A Alvarez and Daniel Indart
Performed by Neiver A Alvarez
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User Reviews

Don't Waste Your Time. Piece of crap! We turned it off after 15 minutes.
13 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love crime movies, and I love the main actors in this film. But when my sons and I sat down to watch it, after 15-20 minutes, once we knew where the whole thing was going - the big problem had they had to solve, so to speak. And not one of us gave a rip...

It was like, "Wait you want me to sit through another hour and a half to find out they accomplish what I couldn't care less about." No thanks.

Should have known to avoid this thing when it said this was the director's first Hollywood film (on IMDb). Hard to believe they got all the actors to sign on, unless they did it somewhat as charity to help New Orleans, where it was filmed. I grew up across the lake from New Orleans, and that wasn't even enough to make me want to sit through the rest of it.

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