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King of the Ants (2003)

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A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.

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Stuart Gordon

Writers:

Charlie Higson (screenplay) (as Charles Higson), Charlie Higson (novel) (as Charles Higson)
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Based on the true story of the Rotenburg Cannibal -- Armin Meiwes -- who met a willing victim in an internet chatroom.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris McKenna ... Sean Crawley (as Chris L. McKenna)
Kari Wuhrer ... Susan Gatley
George Wendt ... Duke Wayne
Vernon Wells ... Beckett
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Carl
Timm Sharp ... George
Daniel Baldwin ... Ray Mathews
Carissa Kosta ... Maureen (as Carissa Koutantzis)
Briana Beghi Briana Beghi ... Maureen's Daughter
Carlie Westerman ... Catlin Gatley
Ian Patrick Williams ... Tony
Antoine Joseph Antoine Joseph ... Drooling Idiot
Shuko Akune ... Meade Park
Steve Heller ... Gary (as Steven Heller)
Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. ... Apartment Kid
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Storyline

The handyman Sean Crawler meets the electrician Duke Wayne while painting a house and they drink a couple of beers together and have a small talk. A couple of days later, Duke offers a job to Sean, and they meet the corrupt constructor Ray Matthews in a golf club. Ray proposes Sean to stalk the accountant from the City Hall Eric Gatley, who is investigating him, and report every movement of Eric to Ray. While chasing Eric, Sean sees his wife Susan and has a crush on her. When Ray offers US$ 13,000.00 to Sean to kill Eric, he accepts, but steals Ray's dossier before leaving the crime scene. However Sean is double-crossed by Ray and is brutally tortured by the real estate mobster and his men in a lonely ranch, but he does not tell where the file is. Sean succeeds in escaping, but severely wounded, he goes to the mission where Susan works and four weeks later he is healed. He tries to start a new life with Susan, but when she finds the documents and the truth about him, he plots a ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesino por naturaleza See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Sean Crawley: I am the ants, you fuckers!
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Really quite good
10 January 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Apart from some moments of shoddy photography, an ending that for me fell emotionally flat and Daniel Baldwin annoyingly chewing the scenery to pieces, I found myself quite liking King of the Ants. Not all the photography is bad, on the most part it does look good and the same goes with the rest of the production values. The dialogue at least engages thought, while the story is cleverly written with suspense, thrills and a truly shocking murder scene, not predictable and held my attention all the way through. The characters are the sorts that are extremely flawed but in the end you identify with them, the lead character especially. The direction is taut, while I was surprised at how good the acting was. Chris McKenna is likable in the lead role but it's George Wendt's funny and frightening performance that makes the strongest impression. Overall, while not perfect King of the Ants was really quite good. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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