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Nightcrawler (2014)

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When Louis Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

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Security Guard
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Scrapyard Owner
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Joe Loder
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Marcus Mayhem Video
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Pat Harvey
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Sharon Tay
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Rick Garcia
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Pawn Shop Owner
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NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,441,000 (USA) (31 October 2014)

Gross:

$32,279,955 (USA) (23 January 2015)
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Trivia

The music cues in the movie represent the music cues in Lou's head. See more »

Goofs

The camera does a full view around the red car as Lou is chasing the police cars. The V8 exhaust engine sound is heard when the camera is at the front of the car and not the back. See more »

Quotes

Lou Bloom: A friend is a gift you give yourself.
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Crazy Credits

Though hardly perceivable, the moon continues to rise as credits roll. See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: Inherent Vice and Oscar Buzz (2015) See more »

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LA MARCHA DE ZACATECAS
Traditional
Performed by Gran Mariachi Ordaz
Courtesy of Multimusic S.A de C.V.
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Jake G's Blinks in Prisoners are Only Rivaled by the Weaslely Grin In Nightcrawler
9 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was both fun and terrifying. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Lou Bloom will certainly frighten you. He is brilliant when paired with the amazing monologue style rants written for him.

Lou Bloom is a driven man reminiscent of a sociopath who finds he has a talent as "nightcrawling" in that he takes videos of true crimes as they are happening to be broadcast on the news. His motivation and seeming lack of empathy allow him to break through and take the controversial images, and sell them with a strong aptitude for negotiation.

As a character, he grows more and more "motivated" and seems to learn his business in such a way to bring him amazing success, but to the determinant, perhaps, of his assistant and the victims of these crimes.

The writer/ director of this movie (making his directorial debut) certainly understands fear and comedy. The simplest scene was made into a laugh by the angles and cuts.

It's funny, and enjoyable, but still terrifying enough to feel like a real horror thriller.


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