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The Limey (1999)

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An extremely volatile and dangerous Englishman goes to Los Angeles to find the man he considers responsible for his daughter's death.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Lem Dobbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Wilson
Lesley Ann Warren ... Elaine
Luis Guzmán ... Eduardo Roel (as Luis Guzman)
Barry Newman ... Jim Avery
Joe Dallesandro ... Uncle John (as Joe Dallessandro)
Nicky Katt ... Stacy the Hitman
Peter Fonda ... Terry Valentine
Amelia Heinle ... Adhara
Melissa George ... Jennifer 'Jenny' Wilson
William Lucking ... Warehouse Foreman
Matthew Kimbrough ... Tom Johannson
John Robotham ... Rick (Valentine's Bodyguard)
Steve Heinze ... Larry (Valentine's Bodyguard)
Nancy Lenehan ... Lady on Plane
Wayne Pére ... Pool Hall Creep (as Wayne Péré)
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Storyline

An ex-con, fresh out of prison, goes to L.A. to try to learn who murdered his daughter. However, he quickly finds that he is completely out of place with no understanding of the culture he finds. His investigations are helped by another ex-con. Together they learn that his daughter had been having an affair with a record producer, who is presently having an affair with another young woman. An aging actress, who also knew his daughter, forces him to look at his own failures as a father. The movie does focus on the drama of the situation and the inter-relationships of the characters and seldom slips into an action piece. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Vengeance knows no boundaries. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengar la sangre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$187,122, 10 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,193,102, 30 January 2000
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Artisan Entertainment See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original screenplay envisioned the main character would be played by Michael Caine. See more »

Quotes

Wilson: Bide your time and everything becomes clear, and you can act accordingly.
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Soundtracks

The Seeker
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs o/b/o
Towser Tunes, Inc./ABKCO Music, Inc./Fabulous Music Limited
Courtesy of MCA Records/Polydor Limited
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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A truly rewarding movie for the patient viewer.
24 November 2000 | by perperSee all my reviews

Low-key thriller/drama about an ex-con seeking revenge on the man that caused his daughters death. That's the surface of this very interesting and fascinating movie from director Soederbergh. There's more than meets the eye, and the patient viewer will be highly rewarded.

This is, in my point of view, a film about all our efforts to review our own lives - i.e. trying to make memories of our past fit in with the reality of today. To try to understand all sides of an event between two people; how actions we take, and decisions we make, makes a difference in the long run in our lives.

Wonderfully directed and edited, this movie is really alive, and shines with various tricks and treats of pure movie magic. The score is perfect, and the acting is great (Stamp in the lead is amazing). The way the film makers intertwine dialogue and voice over is fascinating, and reminds me of the films by French movie makers in the sixties (the French "New Wave").

Obviously not in everyone's taste since this movie is quite demanding in attention and pace, this is still one of the best films ever from director Soederbergh. Rating: 9/10.


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