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Nightcrawler (2014)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  31 October 2014 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Security Guard
Scrapyard Owner
Joe Loder
Marcus Mayhem Video
Pat Harvey ...
Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay ...
Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ...
Rick Garcia
Female Anchor
Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ...
KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula ...
KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon ...
Cop #1


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 | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Primicia mortal  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two actual "stringers" that Gyllenhaal and Ahmed trained with in preparation for the film make a small cameo when Louis arrives to the structure fire too late near the beginning of the film. They are the two last ones to leave the scene. See more »


(at around 26 mins)During the interview in the café, the amount of ice in the glass jumps up and down. See more »


Rick: You gotta call the cops.
Lou Bloom: And we will. At the right time.
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Crazy Credits

NightcrawlerLLC did not receive any payment or other consideration, nor entered into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film. See more »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: Fantastic Four (2015) See more »


Written by Enrique Bonfante
Performed by The Latin Brothers
Courtesy of Miami Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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