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The Shaft (2001)

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When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to... See full summary »

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Dick Maas

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marshall ... Mark Newman
Naomi Watts ... Jennifer Evans
Eric Thal ... Jeffrey
Michael Ironside ... Gunter Steinberg
Edward Herrmann ... Milligan
Dan Hedaya ... Lt. McBain
Ron Perlman ... Mitchell
Kathryn Meisle ... Mildred
Martin McDougall ... Security Guard Andy
John Cariani ... Security Guard Gary
David Gwillim ... Blind Man (Mr Faith)
Peter Banks Peter Banks ... Maintenance Chief
William Vanderpuye William Vanderpuye ... Murphy (as Will Vanderpuye)
Wilke Durand Wilke Durand ... Kowalski's Wife
Todd Boyce ... ESU Captain
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When the express elevators in the Millennium Building, one of New York's most famous landmarks, start to malfunction and behave in erratic ways, elevator mechanic Mark Newman is sent out to find the cause of the problems. His investigation meets unexpected resistance and not everybody seems to be happy with his involvement. After a gruesome and deadly incident, in which a blind man falls into the shaft and a security guard is decapitated, the police start an investigation. They are however not very successful. Mark is determined to find the cause. He is joined by a female reporter, Jennifer, who is looking for a juicy story. Together they try to unravel the secrets behind the mysterious behaviour of the elevator that seems to have a life of it's own. When things get worse and death toll rises, The Government, fearing terrorists are involved, seal off the building. What at first looked like a routine job turns into a horrifying nightmare in which Mark has to face an enemy whose blood ... Written by FFF

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YOUR NEXT STOP... IS HELL.


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Rated R for horror violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital EX

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jennifer and Mark find information about Gunter Steinberg on Harvard's website, his birth date reads April 15, 1951. It's also director/writer Dick Maas's birth date. See more »

Quotes

Mitchell: We live in a vertical world. If you can't trust the elevators, what the fuck *can* you trust?
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References The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

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Love in an Elevator
Performed by Aerosmith
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Not that bad
24 July 2004 | by pbemffSee all my reviews

This is a typical Dick Maas production. Cheesy to the max, limited plot, laughable dialogue and comic action sequences. Anyone who has seen anything by Maas will recognise these as his trademark and just go with the flow. I was dreading watching this movie from all the comments on IMDB but while it is hardly a classic (it's pretty poor really), it IS very entertaining. It's a real no brainer that passes the time quite nicely and while artistically his original "De Lift" is a better movie, I found this one to be more entertaining. Score out of 10? 5/10 for the film itself, 7.5/10 for entertainment value. PS~ Forgot to mention the acting.... probably for the best ;-)


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