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The Grey -- Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements - and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt - before their time runs out.
The Grey -- In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.
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The Grey -- In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.
The Grey -- In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Joe Carnahan 
Writing credits
Joe Carnahan (screenplay) &
Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay)

Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (short story "Ghost Walker")

Produced by
Joe Carnahan .... producer
Leah Carnahan .... associate producer
Jules Daly .... producer
Ross Fanger .... executive producer (as Ross T. Fanger)
Lynn Givens .... associate producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Mickey Liddell .... producer
Jennifer Monroe .... executive producer (as Jennifer Hilton Monroe)
Douglas Saylor Jr. .... co-producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Tony Scott .... executive producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Adi Shankar .... executive producer
Spencer Silna .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marc Streitenfeld 
Cinematography by
Masanobu Takayanagi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roger Barton 
Jason Hellmann 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
John Willett 
Art Direction by
Ross Dempster 
Set Decoration by
Peter Lando 
Costume Design by
Courtney Daniel 
Makeup Department
Gitte Axen .... makeup department head
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Anneliese Boise .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC. (as Anneliese Boies)
Mark Boley .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Jack Bricker .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Dorothee Deichmann .... first assistant makeup artist
Robin Dufay .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Gerald Gibbons .... first assistant hair stylist
Steve Katz .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Derek Krout .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Mike Lachimia .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Sharon Markell .... first assistant hair stylist
Hayley Miller .... first assistant makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist
Kelly O'Neill .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Reggie Rizzo .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Roy Sidick .... hair department head (as Roy A. Sidick)
Noriko Watanabe .... hair department head
Noriko Watanabe .... makeup department head
Production Management
Ross Fanger .... unit production manager (as Ross T. Fanger)
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Marcelo Gandola .... post-production manager
Brian Leslie Parker .... unit production manager
Frank Salvino .... post production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bitonti .... first assistant director
Ben Hernandez Bray .... second unit director (as Ben Bray)
Dan Mansfield .... second assistant director (as Daniel Mansfield)
Michael Pohorly .... second assistant director
Jody Ryan .... third assistant director
Art Department
Don Anderson .... assistant property master
Vaughan V. Baker .... paint coordinator
Nancy Anna Brown .... set designer
Matthew Campbell .... greensman
John Carr .... greens lead
Niki Charalambopoulos .... paint foreman
Peter Charron .... special prop fabricator (as Charron Custom Propbuilding &FX Co Ltd.)
James Chouinard .... graphics
Janice Lynn Coats .... carpenter
Graham Coutts .... property master
Sharon Dever .... construction buyer
John Gallagher .... illustrator
Lauren Geaghan .... art department assistant
Brent Gloeckler .... head sculptor
Max Gloeckler .... sculptor
Phil Gough .... property buyer
Leesa Hanna .... set decoration buyer
Salmon Harris .... storyboard artist
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist
Derek Krout .... foam department supervisor KNB EFX Group
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Vladimir Lushnikov .... lead sculptor
David R. Murray .... construction foreman
Trevor Purvis .... set dresser
Al Rourke .... construction foreman
Dennis Simard .... leadman
Aaron Sims .... concept artist
Wyatt Soutzo .... metal fabricator
Carie Wallis .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Kristian Bailey .... cable person
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Keith Elliott .... re-recording mixer
David Evans .... supervising sound editor (as David G. Evans)
Alison Fisher .... adr editor
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Brian Gogarty .... optical recordist
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising dialogue editor
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Katie Halliday .... assistant sound editor
Lana Marie Hattar .... assistant re-recording mixer
Warren Hendriks .... additional sound design
Craig Henighan .... additional re-recording mixer
Bob Kellough .... additional sound design
Andy Koyama .... additional re-recording mixer
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator
Skip Longfellow .... assistant sound editor
Steve Munro .... sound effects editor
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Mark Shnuriwsky .... sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
William Unrau .... cable person
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Mark Zsifkovits .... re-recording mixer
Jared Marshack .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cara E. Anderson .... special effects buyer
Regina Castruita .... assistant coordinator
Steve Collins .... fabricator
Carl DeBoer .... special effects technician
Barrie Gower .... prosthetics supplier
Grady Holder .... dental/occular technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Kurt Jackson .... special effects technician
Kyle T. Moore .... special effects foreman
Greg Nicotero .... animatronics supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup and creature effects supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Amanda Paller .... special effects assistant
James Paradis .... special effects coordinator
Reggie Rizzo .... hair specialist
Dirk Rogers .... special effects tech: K.N.B. efx group
Courtland Sandover-Sly .... special effects crew: Smithers, B.C.
Harry Tomsic .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Aerni .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Michael Archambault .... lead tracker: Digital Dimension
Eric Aubry .... lead artist: lighting: Digital Dimension
Bijay Awale .... digital compositor
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... digital effects supervisor
Michel Bergeron .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Carl Berube .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Joey Bonander .... visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
Niall Booker .... modeler: Zoic Studios
Francois Bordez .... sequence lead: Digital Dimension
Jean-Christophe Boue .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Kristen Branan .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
Julie Cardinal .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Erico Caselle .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Pierre Cataford .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Stephen Chan .... visual effects data wrangler
Robert Chapin .... visual effects artist
Sébastien Chartier .... lead fx: Digital Dimension
Pascal Clement .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Richard Clement-Tam .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Raonull Conover .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Daniel Coupal .... digital compositor
Anthony D'Agostino .... tracking: Zoic Studios
Robert De La Cruz .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Debora Dunphy .... digital compositor
Syd Dutton .... matte painting supervisor: Zoic Studios
Nicolas Fortin .... texture artist: Digital Dimension
Dave Gagnon .... lead textures: Digital Dimension
Sébastien Gagné .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Gian Ganziano .... visual effects editor
Christian Garcia .... CG supervisor: Digital Dimension
Jonathan Germain .... compositing artist
Andrei Gheorghiu .... digital compositor
Simon Habib .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Gunnar Hansen .... visual effects supervisor
Guy Harvey .... production manager: Digital Dimension
Jocelyn Hudon .... animation lead: Digital Dimension
Gael Jacques .... lead modeler: Digital Dimension
Erin Kanoa .... matte painter: Zoic Studios
Dorota Kowalska .... VFX coordinator: Digital Dimension
Daniel Kvasznicza .... matte painter: Digital Dimension
Pierre Lalancette .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Nicolas Lamy .... animator: Digital Dimension
Kevin Landry .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Nancy Larouche .... lighting artist: Digital Dimension
Martin Larrivée .... sequence lead: Digital Dimension
Nadine Lavoie .... animator: Digital Dimension
Sophie Leclerc .... visual effects producer
Patrick Lemay .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Sylvain Lorgeou .... lead matte painter: Digital Dimension
Prabhakar Maharjan .... digital compositor
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor: Zoic BC
Eric Maltais .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Elaine Martin .... lighting artist: Digital Dimension
Louis-Simon Menard .... executive producer: Digital Dimension
Stéphane Morali .... digital compositor
Patrick Ménard .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Olivier Nadeau .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Dave Normand .... animator: Digital Dimension
Vissal Ong .... lead compositor: Digital Dimension
Nathan Overstrom .... compositing supervisor
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski .... executive producer: Digital Dimension
Sebastien Proulx .... CG supervisor: Digital Dimension (as Sébastien Proulx)
Vincent Reumont .... animator: Digital Dimension
Benoit Robert .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Pascal Ruest .... animator: Digital Dimension
Eric Senecal .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Marcos Shih .... matte painter: Zoic Studios
Daveed Shwartz .... digital matte painter
Frederic Simard .... cg lighting artist
Mark Stetson .... senior visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
Stephane Stoll .... animation director: Digital Dimension
Patrick Tasse .... digital compositor
Eric Tetreault .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Jean-Philippe Therrien .... VFX coordinator: Digital Dimension
Scot D. Thomson .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Valentin Trasnea .... digital compositor
Alexandre Tremblay .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Yves Tremblay .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Katrina Tung .... texture artist: Digital Dimension
Mathieu Tétrault .... lighting td: Digital Dimension
Carlos Valcarcel .... lead rigger: Digital Dimension
Lauren Weidel .... visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
Henry Wojcik .... animator: Digital Dimension
Sonia Wu .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Howard Lin .... recruiter (uncredited)
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator
Shawn Beaton .... stunt performer: wolf
Chad Bellamy .... stunts
Ben Hernandez Bray .... stunt coordinator (as Ben Bray)
Byron Briscoe .... stunts
Mike Carpenter .... stunt double: Liam Neeson
Douglas Chapman .... stunts
Kaaren de Zilva .... stunts
Dario Delacio .... stunts
Dave Dunaway .... stunt rigger
Corbin Fox .... stunt rigger
Lani Gelera .... stunt actor
Lars Grant .... stunts
Kory Grim .... stunt performer
Leif Havdale .... stunt double: Joe Anderson
Adrian Hein .... stunt double: Dallas Roberts
Dave Hospes .... stunts
Charles Jarman .... stunt performer
Jon Kralt .... stunt double: Dermot Mulroney
Larry Lam .... stunts
Kit Mallet .... stunt performer
Vince Murdocco .... stunts
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunts
Dan Rizzuto .... stunt performer
Todd Scott .... stunts
Grant Smith .... stunt rigger
Larissa Stadnichuk .... stunts
Hugo Steele .... stunt performer
Ty Trand .... utility stunts
Mark Vanselow .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mark Vanselow .... stunt double: Liam Neeson
Clay Virtue .... stunts
Marshall Virtue .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Anderson .... second unit generator operator
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Rob Brady .... best boy electric
Marty Coady .... electrician
Drew Davidson .... gaffer
Spencer Ennis .... camera loader
Ryan Fehr .... camera crane technician
Dave Ferreira .... grip
Kimberly French .... still photographer
David Goyer .... generator operator
Darren Gregory .... best boy rigging grip
Tyler Guenther .... rigging grip
Christopher Harvey .... rigger
Jeff Harvey .... best boy rigging lighting
Dean Heselden .... camera operator
Randy A. Jablonka .... lighting technician
Jeff Kuzyk .... lighting technician
Paul Stoker Mayne .... lighting technician
David McKnight .... digital video assist
Will Parrot .... key grip
Wil Parrott .... key grip
Rob Sperling .... grip
Patrick Stepien .... "a" camera first assistant
Masanobu Takayanagi .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Masa Takayanagi)
Shai Vera .... key rigging grip
Pat Waller .... rigging grip
Casting Department
Andrea Brown .... extras casting director
Jennifer Cram .... casting associate
Dylan Jury .... casting assistant
J.J. Ogilvy .... casting associate
June E. Watson .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phuong Chau .... key breakdown artist
Karen Durrant .... costumer
Koreen Heaver .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Jennifer Lynne Anderson .... dailies project manager
Richard Cordes .... colorist: dailies
Kevin Downer .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Pietro Gallo .... on-line editor
Andrew Geary .... color assist
Kevin Hale .... associate editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Joseph Jett Sally .... additional editor
Brett Schlaman .... first assistant editor
Nicole Mak .... dailies film assistant: Deluxe Vancouver (uncredited)
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
John Barrett .... scoring pro tools engineer
Charles M. Barsamian .... music business & legal executive
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Joseph Bonn .... music editor
Peter Cobbin .... music mixer
Peter Cobbin .... music score engineer
Peter Cobbin .... scoring mixer
Ben Foster .... conductor
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Laura Katz .... music supervisor
Phil Knights .... music preparation
Alex Lu .... assistant to composer
Dorina Markoff-McNulty .... musician
Andy Ross .... music supervisor
Sunna Wehrmeijer .... music programmer
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Ben Derrick .... transportation captain
Ian-Peter Jacobi .... transportation
Ryan Moroz .... driver
Other crew
Andy Aitken .... sculptor
Gordon Armour .... production assistant
Amal Baggar .... assistant: Ridley Scott
Nicole Barton .... assistant: Jim Siebel
Robert Broderick .... production assistant
Bruce L. Brownstein .... location manager
Benjamin Cairns .... production assistant
Ariel Carefoot .... production assistant
Simon Carrigan .... first assistant coordinator
Jorge Ignacio Castillo .... production assistant
Alana Comeau .... production secretary
Chuck Duffy .... stand-in
Jeff Edwards .... key mechanical designer
Kim Goddard-Rains .... second assistant production coordinator
Synnove Godeseth .... assistant: Ross Fanger
Sheila Goodman .... assistant accountant
Bill Grantham .... legal counsel: 1984 Private Defense Contractors
Jesse Hood .... production assistant
James Kerr .... office production assistant
Sean Labombard .... assistant: Joe Carnahan
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Derrick Landry .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Landry .... production controller
Tara Larsen .... producers asssistant
Jeffrey Limberg .... assistant: Bill Johnson
Laura Livingstone .... production coordinator
Flemming Lund .... assistant location manager
Reg Milne .... mountain operations coordinator
Tom Moran .... assistant: Tony Scott
Roderick Dryden Morrison .... production assistant
Evan Nicholas .... assistant: Joe Carnahan
Michael Paik .... production assistant
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Patrick Raymond .... assistant: Mickey Liddell
John Rhodes .... acquisitions assistant
Christina Rice .... assistant: Mr. Neeson
Steven Robbins .... assistant: Tony Scott (as Steve Robbins)
Temple Rohl-Burdekin .... key production assistant
Daniel A. Rosenthal .... post-production accountant
Ben Rubinfeld .... legal
Steve Sangster .... production assistant: studio
Mark S. Schneider .... production legal services (as Mark Schneider, Esq.)
Philip J. Strina .... business affairs: Inferno
Gerry Therrien .... head wolf trainer
Ty Trand .... mountain safety
Jon Turtle .... financier
Scooby Vincent .... production assistant: studio
Connor Welsh .... production assistant
Michelle Zazulak .... production assistant
Michael Zelman .... assistant: Mickey Liddell
James Gibb .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language
117 min
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[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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28 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Intensely masculine survival film that strains to be more than that, 28 September 2012
Author: secondtake from United States

The Grey (2011)

At first, after the plane crash, it seems that it's the cold that's going to win. It's really cold, and it seems there are no trees in sight, nothing but snow. But then the wolves move in and the name of the movie makes sense (it's not called "White"). If you expect a battle between five or so men and a large pack of wolves to be at all elevated or if there is meant to be a holy understanding between species, think again. This isn't "Dances with Wolves." This is meant to be the closest thing to the real deal as possible. The coughing, limping, crying, shouting men who were once so utterly fit and tough is as real as you might expect. And their rising up with truly masculine strength against the elements and the wolves is sometimes impressive.

This is quite the manly man movie that has a weird amount of controversy around it, some of it seeming to be a little forced (maybe to increase ticket and DVD sales). Even the wikipedia entry seems loaded, as if people have it out for the movie. And at the bottom of it all is the fact that this is a simple survival film, and when you're in the Alaskan freezer box with wolves all around you, survival gets ugly.

And sometimes a little redundant. I mean, the cold, the hunger, the fear, the rivalry between them men, and yes the so-called philosophizing are all intense and important. Over a two hour period, even as you're hanging in there through the violence, you want something more. It could be another layer to the plot, though I don't know what (these few tough oilmen are extremely isolated). Or it could have elements of psychology and, maybe (maybe) philosophy that take us further down some path beyond the practical aspects of survival.

It makes sense that these men find their working-class language to face death and whatever follows death. The simple idea shared by at least two of them that there is no afterlife is fair enough, and they are realistic enough to consider the possibility that this is all we have, here and now. And it doesn't mean the viewer has to agree. To call this a movie with "atheistic themes" is delusional. If you want to face a death without an afterlife in a truly harrowing and amazing movie, see "Wit," which is as far from this one as possible.

As for the animal cruelty, I think the only way around that would be to shoot a different movie. I mean, you might ask whether we need a movie about men fighting wolves for survival. But then, why not? It's not up to us--except in choosing to see it or not.

And I saw this. Liam Neeson is I think a perfect leading man, older, still tough as nails and a smart, hardened adversary to the crushing challenges around. The remaining cast is kind of the expected range of men. Their interactions are solid but veer into clichéd personality conflicts and clichéd intimacies.

The problem really is, over and over, that the core of this movie is all there is. It's about the adventure of pushing to your limits. And picturing yourself in their shoes. In fact it's so well made, with stunningly clear photography, you practically cringe and shiver and groan with them. The characters (and the actors, it would seem) are more physically challenged than made to be resourceful. In a way, it reminded me of "Touching the Void" where a pair of mountain climbers likewise had to find their physical limits to survive.

See this? I'm not sure. You'll know if you like this kind of film and all the shaking camera and blood and suffering. I know I wanted more of something else.

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