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xXx (2002)

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An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.

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Rob Cohen

Writer:

Rich Wilkes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Xander Cage
Asia Argento ... Yelena
Marton Csokas ... Yorgi
Samuel L. Jackson ... Agent Augustus Gibbons
Michael Roof Michael Roof ... Toby Lee Shavers
Richy Müller Richy Müller ... Milan Sova
Werner Daehn ... Kirill
Petr Jákl ... Kolya (as Petr Jakl)
Jan Filipenský Jan Filipenský ... Viktor (as Jan Filipensky)
Tom Everett ... Senator Dick Hotchkiss
Danny Trejo ... El Jefe
Thomas Ian Griffith ... Agent Jim McGrath
Eve ... J.J.
Leila Arcieri ... Jordan King
William Hope ... Agent Roger Donnan
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Storyline

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. Written by Artemis-9

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Taglines:

If you want someone to save the world, make sure it's someone who likes the world as it is. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, non-stop action sequences, sensuality, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish | Russian | Czech

Release Date:

9 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Triple X See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,506,103, 11 August 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$142,109,382, 19 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$277,448,382, 19 July 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In Colombia, Xander jumps a motocross bike over the barn where he'd been tied up. The building explodes with careful pyrotechnics, and Xander makes it safely to the other side. This stunt had never been done before for any film. See more »

Goofs

Right after XXX gets on the Ahab, there is a brief shot of the Ahab from behind. The turbines of the Ahab's engines are not moving, but the Ahab is obviously moving very fast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henchman: [in Czech] He stole the chip, he's inside.
Yorgi: I see him.
Yorgi: Kirill! Time to work.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits except for the title. See more »

Alternate Versions

Up until 2017, all UK versions of the film were cut by one second to remove a head-butt to secure a 12A/12 rating. The BBFC waived the cut to the theatrical version on January 5th 2017 for its 15th anniversary Blu-ray release. The director's cut had the cut waived when submitted in 2005, but the release itself is still (pointlessly) censored, even throughout Europe as the same master was used. Although it carries an overall 15 rating, this is only due to bonus features - the film itself is a 12 as per the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Edited into xXx: A Filmmaker's Diary (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Hysteria
Written and Performed by Gintare
Courtesy of Parlophone/EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Enjoyably stupid
20 January 2003 | by dgoodySee all my reviews

xXx is as big as Pinocihos nose after he has read a statement written by Jeffrey Archer and as dumb as a person with no tongue. It is designed for the kind of people who think that Bond movies have too much of that talking stuff between explosions and use this strange music that doesn't seem to have distorted electric guitars or rapping on it. It is also a lot of fun.

After losing another spy on the trail of ultra stupid terrorist anarchy 99, whose plan for world domination involves building a boat in a landlocked country, the NSA decide they need a new breed of agent. Therefore they kidnap extreme sports enthusiast and counter culture hero Xander Cage, aka xXx, aka Vin Diesel playing virtually the same character he did in Pitch Black and The Fast And The Furious. After watching him do Evil Kineval impersonations around a Colombian cocaine plantation whilst the army try to blow it off the face of the Earth they cut him a deal. Either save the world or go to jail. Unsurprisingly he chooses the former.

For the first 20 minutes it looks encouragingly like the they have just allowed the stunt team to make the entire movie. However before long we have scenes developing the love interest set in swanky restaurants and a lush orchestral score creeping in. This wouldn't be a problem if the writer didn't think the phrase "one liner" referred to the amount of decent dialogue he had to include in the entire film. As it is your mind starts wandering as soon as things stop exploding.

However xXx's action sequences are more than enough to compensate the viewer for their patience during the more laboured elements of the film. The stunts are by turns ambitious, outrageous and just plain improbable, however it seems unlikely that the film will be causing the James Bond producers too many sleepless nights. In fact before long they will be making films to appeal to people who think the xXx movies have too much dialogue and not enough nu-metal. They'll probably call them Jackass Bond.


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