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Dead Man Down (2013)

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In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is helped by a woman seeking retribution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentine Louzon
Blotto (as Roy James Wilson) (as Jr.)


Victor, a rising gangland player, has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse, with the single purpose of making Alphonse pay for destroying his once happy life. As he meticulously orchestrates his vengeance from his high-rise home, Victor watches and is watched by Beatrice, a mysterious young woman who lives in the apartment across from his. On the surface a fragile woman-child, Beatrice seethes with a rage of her own. When she uncovers Victor's dark secrets, she threatens to expose him unless he helps her carry out her own campaign of retribution. Each fixated on avenging the past, they devise a violent and cathartic plan that could change their worlds forever. Beatrice is kidnapped by Alphonse towards the end, Its a race against time for Victor to save her. Written by FilmDistrict

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Blood demands blood. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marcado por la muerte  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,345,250 (USA) (8 March 2013)


$10,880,926 (USA) (12 April 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reunites Colin Farrell and Terrence Howard after Hart's War (2002) See more »


When Beatrice and Victor speed away from the home of the driver of her accident, she pulls the emergency brake on his truck. Full size trucks, a Dodge Ram in this case, have the emergency brake pedals to the far left of the driver, not levers like in small cars. Victor would have had to initiate the brake, not Beatrice. See more »


[first lines]
Darcy: [holding infant son] It wasn't meant to be this way, you know? We make our plans, sure. But life... life is what happens to you along the way. You know, first I didn't want this. I didn't want to connect. I didn't want to get involved. But she kept on with me, you know. This is what life is. This is why we're here. To connect. To... to build. We're here to build something. And then we had Theo. And then I understood that... you know, she was right. We're not meant to be alone. You ...
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Life in Mono
Written by Martin Virgo and John Barry
Performed by Mono
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Well Beyond What Most Hollywood Films Think They Are...
22 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I honestly had to sit in contemplative amazement for few minutes after watching this film just to digest how well it was done. Every scene delivered a certain level of excellence that was surpassed by the next simply by building levels of uncertainty while carrying the story forward with almost an anticipated reluctance of sorts. Of the many thousands of action movies I've seen in the last 30 years, I would put this in the top 5. Astonishing directing, set design, acting, and a brooding atmosphere that works, mixed with a romantic/revenge tale of crossed messages born of emotional extremes in a multi-context of meanings.

It's a movie that never loses sight of what it originally intends, nor does it pander to taste or pretend to be better than it is. The script is solid and seamless. There are some shortcomings as to continuity and perspective of a linear timeline, but there is SO much emotion in even the smallest scenes as to make this almost trivial. I believe this is a masterpiece of directing overall that goes far beyond the mediocre nature of even the best of Hollywood's action films. It has a passionate heart with a brutal honesty that involves vulnerability conflicting with its own desire for the desolation of complete resolve regardless of circumstance.

When you see a movie of this quality, it is certainly difficult to put another one in the DVD player. Just like graduating high school makes it impossible to want to repeat the 11th grade.

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