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The Grey (2011)

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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hernandez (as Ben Hernandez)
Peter Girges ...
Company Clerk
Jonathan Bitonti ...
Ottway (5 years old) (as Jonathan James Bitonti)
James Bitonti ...
Ottway's Father
Ella Kosor ...
Talget's Little Girl
Flight Attendant


In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they are surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Live or Die on This Day

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día para sobrevivir  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,665,101, 29 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In order to prepare for his role, Liam Neeson reportedly ate wolf jerky. See more »


After the plane crash Ottway is seen covered in snow, but when he gets to the plane to see the survivors there is almost no snow on his sweater. See more »


[first lines]
Ottway: A job at the end of the world. A salaried killer for a big petroleum company. I don't know why I did half the things I've done, but I know this is where I belong, surrounded by my own. Ex-cons, fugitives, drifters, assholes. Men unfit for mankind.
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Once more into the fray
3 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is my first review ever, so please pardon me.

I won't talk about the plot in order not to spoil it but i'll just say it's not just another chick-flick/action movie nor a documentary one It's a man vs nature kind of movies like you've never seen before.

I saw the movie, blew my mind ,then-as usual- I came to read some reviews about it on here .Then i saw many "hated it" reviews. So i decided to say something about it

I think many people hated it or didn't even see it because they thought it's another Taken/Unknown Liam Neeson's "action". Hence, the movie got the wrong audience and the low ratings. Yes it has it's flaws, but if you can see what this movie is you will definitely overlook it. But the thing is, not everyone can, not the ordinary audience. You would know what i mean if you already saw it.

It's kind of funny how people dislike this movie because of the unrealistic events while they enjoy movies like mission impossible or Sherlock Holmes moreover ,they praise them. are those realistic ? Well, no. are they bad movies ? actually not at all for that type of movies. So my point is that's not a reason for disliking a movie and as i said before it's a movie not a documentary one.

My advice ,if you appreciate extraordinary movies and sick of the way the they are heading nowadays, Just ignore the Critics and see it and have a different experience.

P.S. I chose Sherlock Holmes and Mission Impossible as they were released at nearly the same time as The Grey was and they got higher ratings

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