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Unbreakable (2000)

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A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... David Dunn
Samuel L. Jackson ... Elijah Price
Robin Wright ... Audrey Dunn (as Robin Wright Penn)
Spencer Treat Clark ... Joseph Dunn
Charlayne Woodard ... Elijah's Mother
Eamonn Walker ... Dr. Mathison
Leslie Stefanson ... Kelly
Johnny Hiram Jamison Johnny Hiram Jamison ... Elijah Age 13
Michaelia Carroll ... Babysitter
Bostin Christopher ... Comic Book Clerk
Elizabeth Lawrence Elizabeth Lawrence ... School Nurse
Davis Duffield ... David Dunn Age 20 (as David Duffield)
Laura Regan ... Audrey Inverso Age 20
Chance Kelly ... Orange Suit Man
Michael Kelly ... ER Doctor
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Storyline

Actor Bruce Willis and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan reunite after the surprise success of The Sixth Sense for this supernatural thriller. David Dunne (Willis) is taking a train from New York City back home to Philadelphia after a job interview that didn't go well when his car jumps the tracks and collides with an oncoming engine, with David the only survivor among the 131 passengers on board. Astoundingly, David is not only alive, he hardly seems to have been touched. As David wonders what has happened to him and why he was able to walk away, he encounters a mysterious stranger, Elijah Prince (Samuel L. Jackson), who explains to David that there are a certain number of people who are "unbreakable" -- they have remarkable endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feel invincible but also have strange premonitions of terrible events. Is David "unbreakable"? And if he is, what are the physical and psychological ramifications of this knowledge?

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Shattering cinemas soon. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including some disturbing violent content, and for a crude sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Ordinary Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,330,771, 26 November 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$95,011,339

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,500,000
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the movie, Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) is sitting in his wheelchair below three comic book covers, Thor to the left, Daredevil to the right and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury was redesigned around this time in the image of Jackson, who went on to play him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which co-star Thor. Although Daredevil has yet to appear in a movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has appeared in his own self-titled series, and The Defenders (2017), which are television shows within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

Goofs

After David notices the man in the orange jump suit in the train station is doing his job picking up bags of garbage bags from cans he does not put a new bag in the can. See more »

Quotes

Elijah Price: It has begun. Tell me something, David. When you woke up this morning... Was it still there? The sadness?
David Dunn: No.
Elijah Price: I think this is where we shake hands.
[handshake]
Elijah Price: [flashback occurs upon shaking] I worked in that building 25 years, I know all its secrets.
David Dunn: Secrets?
Elijah Price: Like, if there ever was a fire on floors 1, 2 or 3, everyone in that hotel would be burned alive.
[after flashbacks end]
Elijah Price: You know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world. To not know why you're here... That's... ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of Elizabeth Lawrence See more »

Alternate Versions

Early previews of the movie didn't have the superimposed text ending, leaving a more open ending. This version was released in France in theaters, but the text was next included in TV, video and DVD. See more »

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Referenced in High Chaparall: Robert Englund (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Pride and Joy
(1983)
Written and Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Slow, thoughtful and clever -but the lack of traditional action or thrills may frustrate some
20 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A massive train crash outside Philadelphia kills 132 passengers and leaves only one survivor. The survivor, security guard David Dunn walks away completely unhurt from the accident. Some time later he is contacted by comic book collector Elijah Price who believes that comic books are merely exaggerated versions of truth and that some people are created weak like him while some are created strong in order to protect the weak. David develops his talents with the support of Price and his son Joseph and, despite his cynicism, starts to try to use his powers to help people on need.

The 6th sense was always going to be a hard show to follow up but Shyamalan has managed to make a film that is almost as clever, emotive, thoughtful and slow. It even manages to end with a twist that is almost as good as sixth sense's was. The story moves quite slowly, almost painfully at times, however I found this succeeded in making the film feel more thoughtful and less glamorous. The director even shots the train crash in a very low key manner, as if to make the point that the film isn't about cheap spectacle or visual thrills. Instead we follow David as he finds his abilities and gradually accepts them, all this side is fascinating although some of the side stories are a little dragged out. The twist is only the icing on the cake and if you're into the characters the way I was then it is really impacting. One bit of advice - don't think about it or try to work it out. Thinking about the twist will stop you enjoying the main story and will spoil the film for yourself.

Willis is excellent - he doesn't set the world on fire, but he does a very low-key performance as a common man confronted with so much potential responsibility. He doesn't ham it up but you know that there's things going on inside his head that reflect on his face. Jackson is also really good - he maybe plays it a little too weird and should have been a bit more of a geek rather than an uptight art dealer sort. Willis and Jackson should keep making films together from now on, cause even there worst collaboration so far has still been good - Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, Die Hard With a Vengeance - it seems to be a winning partnership (Loaded Weapon 1 doesn't count as Willis is only in it for 5 seconds!). A surprise addition to the cast is Eamonn Walker as Dr Mathison, it's a small role but he is a fine actor and deserves to be seen in big films (check him out in HBO's Oz for a real show of his abilities).

Overall it's very slow and may frustrate some people, but if you got the 6th sense then you'll probably get this. The story is moving and thoughtful and the final scene is merely the icing on a very fine cake.


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