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Contraband (2012)

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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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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

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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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One of two 2012's releases starring 'Mark Wahlberg' as the hero and Giovanni Ribisi as the antagonist, the other film being Ted (2012). See more »


When Briggs pulls out his gun to threaten Kate we hear the sound of the pistol's hammer being cocked back , yet the hammer remains closed the entire scene. See more »


Sebastian Abney: [one of Chris sons hit him with a paper ball] Good aim.
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11 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't believe the reviewers, this action packed adventure thrilled and entertained the entire audience. Even got spotty applause which is a rarity except for the most exceptional films.

Great camera work gave exciting glimpses of the Panama Canal, the Canal Zone and the port of New Orleans.

Contraband is a perfect portrayal of the gritty life of crime, and the amoral people who live it. Several exciting twists and turns make the ending a surprise not even my genius plot detective wife could figure out beforehand.

Mark Wahlberg continues to give us one realistic performance after another. Leave the kids at home and go see this action packed thriller.

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