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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bryce
Paul LeBlanc ...
CBP Official
Michael J. Taylor ...
Band Member - Lead Vocals
John Russ Broussard ...
Band Member - Washboard
Mike Broussard Jr. ...
Band Member - Saxophone
Arthur Thomas ...
Band Member - Drums
Amber Gaiennie ...
Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard ...
Tommy Raymer
Andrew Autin ...
Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre ...
Band Member - Trumpet


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

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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 USA:

$24,349,815, 15 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,528,000, 15 March 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,262,212, 15 March 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir also edited the original Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008). Ólafur Darri Ólafsson had a role in both films, too. See more »


When Kate is first shown in the hospital (about 1 hour,39 minutes) her nasal cannula is laying loosely on her face. A moment later, when the scene cuts back and she regains consciousness, it is properly tucked behind her ears and secured under her chin. See more »


Chris Farraday: I've got to try and fix this. Trust me, I know what I'm doing.
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Gotta Have It
Written by Kelvin Swaby, Daniel Taylor
Performed by The Heavy
Courtesy of Counter Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Contraband- 5 category review
13 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Directing 6/10- Some unique and intriguing shots, but nothing too rememberable Acting 8.5/10- The acting is the category that without a doubt, stole the show. Solid efforts from the entire cast but the film really benefited from tremendous performances from Ribisi and Landry Jones. Screenplay 4/10- The screenplay is fun no doubt and benefits from decent pacing and a few intense action sequences but the film lacks originality, stealing concepts and at times, lines. Visual effects 5/10- The visual effects were average. I can't completely fault a film for not using unnecessary visuals. Sound effects/Music 5/10- The sound effects were fine, nothing misplaced there. The music was again just OK, sometimes the music was great and mixed well with the action going on but in some the haunting/emotional scenes the music didn't make the scene 'better', which is what it should do. Overall, the film is just another forgettable action film. The film has decent enough story (though cliché), with great acting and some fun action sequences that make the film at least worth a viewing.

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