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

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?


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

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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Trivia

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 two hundred million dollars. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Andy: Don't act like you don't like this shit.
Chris Farraday: Why, is that obvious? I know but don't tell your sister.
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Boom Boom
Written by John Lee Hooker
Performed by Big Head Todd and The Monsters (as Big Head Todd & The Monsters) featuring John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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OMG what a howler!
15 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

If you see good reviews here be deeply suspicious of the posters. This film is a turkey, not just a turkey but a howling at the moon on your lawn raving mad loony turkey.

Where to start with this travesty? First off the premise. Ex smugglers brother in law throws drugs over board during customs bust. OK. Happens. But what follows is laughable. He lost $700k but the dealer he lost it for lives in a yucky condo. ??? Huh? (he was getting it for someone else it later turns out but who'd trust this cheap bozo with that money?)

OK so the hassle is on our hero to save the day. So he goes 'tough guy' on the dealer but then still has to do job. Huh? Look if you can beat the bad guy up, stick a gun in his mouth why do you still have to do the job?

Its all down hill from here. Cheesy predictable action, a mass shoot out that no one could escape from and doesn't except our hero, sigh. Really this is just a mess. I hope you see this before the download or heaven forbid buy a ticket at some lonely B movie theater or DVD purchase. Demi Moore couldn't make worse starring Madonna.


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