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Cellular (2004)

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A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. The catch? The woman claims to have been kidnapped; and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.

Director:

David R. Ellis

Writers:

Larry Cohen (story), Chris Morgan (screenplay)
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Aaron ... Marilyn Mooney
Kim Basinger ... Jessica Martin
Brenda Ballard ... Irate Customer #1
Will Beinbrink ... Young Security Guard
Jessica Biel ... Chloe
Chase Ellis Bloch Chase Ellis Bloch ... Timid Boy (as Chase Bloch)
Chelsea Ellis Bloch Chelsea Ellis Bloch ... Surf Girl's Friend (as Chelsea Bloch)
Chantille Boudousque ... Chloe's Chilly Friend
Robin Brenner Robin Brenner ... Excitable Customer
Richard Burgi ... Craig Martin
Paige Cannon Paige Cannon ... Girl at Concert
Nikki Christian Nikki Christian ... Porsche Girl
John Churchill ... Young Guard
Greg Collins ... Aging Security Guard
Valerie Cruz ... Dana Bayback
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Storyline

A young man receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon. Written by Tru Blu

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If the signal dies so does she.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cellular See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,100,571, 12 September 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,003,620, 12 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,422,687
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ryan's phone's worked on a network called "457 Communications." The movie's producers tried to get sponsorship from the major cellular service providers but none were willing to as they felt there were too many negative aspects. See more »

Goofs

When Jessica is speaking to Officer Mooney, she clearly states that five men broke into her house. There were only four men involved and a female officer (Baybeck) who was not shown until after Jessica was taken to the safe house. Only three of the four men were shown entering the home. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ricky Martin: Mom, will you still be a science teacher when I get into high school?
Jessica Martin: Hmm... You never know. Why?
Ricky Martin: 'Cause I think it'd be kind of weird to have your mom as a teacher.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the closing credits show cast and crew names on cellular telephone screens, in scenes from the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Whistle While Your Wife Works (2006) See more »

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Sinnerman
Traditional, adapted by Nina Simone
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Keeps you on your toes
5 May 2006 | by stepenwolfgrSee all my reviews

I happened to catch this movie during a free-preview weekend on Starz. I had never heard of it, so I did not know what to expect. For the whole duration of the movie, about 90 min., I was at the edge of my seat. The plot takes several unexpected turns and is packed with continuous action, while the characters are very believable. O.k., fine, it does not deal with deep moral issues, if you want a movie that will make you want to go out and change the world this is not it. But if you want an entertaining movie that will give you a big dose of adrenaline, will have you raise yourself from your seat, I strongly recommend it. By the way, I am not a big fun of horror teenage movies like Scream, I just don't find them believable, and find the characters shallow. The best part about this movie is that you actually feel sympathy for the victims, the plot is probable, and the action scenes do not require that the actors possess superhuman strength. At the end of the movie the only thing I could think of was "holy cow", a response I usually associate with a great roller coaster ride.


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