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Paycheck (2003)

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What seemed like a breezy idea for an engineer to net him millions of dollars, leaves him on the run for his life and piecing together why he's being chased.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jennings
... Rethrick
... Rachel
... Shorty
... Wolfe
... Agent Dodge
... Agent Klein
... Attorney General Brown
... Rita Dunne
... Maya-Rachel
Christopher Kennedy ... Stevens
... Agent Fuman
... Agent Mitchell
... Jude - Guard
... Jane
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Storyline

Michael Jennings is a reverse engineer and what he does is technical jobs for certain companies and as soon as he is done, his memory of the work he has done is wiped out. Now the longest he has been contracted is 2 months. But now billionaire, James Rethrick offers him a job that would last 2 years, maybe 3, and he promises that he will probably earn 8 figures. Michael agrees. Before beginning he turns in all of his personal effects. And when the job is done, his memory is erased and he learns he made over 90 million dollars over the three years. When he goes to claim it and his personal effects, he discovers that prior to the erasure of his memory he waived his rights to the money he earned and that the items that were given to him were not the ones he gave when he began. Later he is arrested by the FBI who say that he committed some act of treason and murder. It's while he is in custody that he escapes using some the items that he was given. He later meets with a friend who gives ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated PG-13 for intense action violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pago  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,462,374, 28 December 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,790,451

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,269,812, 18 April 2012
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In the DVD special feature about the film's stunts, Stunt Coordinator Gregg Smrz explains that in a chase-scene crash between a car and a big rig truck, the truck was actually towing the car by use of a cable system that the special effects department fabricated. One of the chains connecting the two vehicles is noticeable during this crash sequence in the film. See more »

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The "checkpoint" from where Michael's memory was supposed to be erased after finishing his first job is shown in a monitor as him walking with the box under his arm. However, he wouldn't have this image in his brain, but instead one from his own point of view. See more »

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Holographic Woman: It's time to wake up... and get a life. We live in a 3-dimensional world. Until now, the world of computing has been a flat world, consisting of 2-dimensional imagery. Now, through the use of exclusive breakthrough technology, ARC has made it possible for you to get a life. A-Life, where we can work and play in a lifelike world of 3-dimensional reality. A-Life, the living monitor.
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I Remember You
by Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger
Performed by The Steve Venz Quartet
Courtesy of Daaljazz
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Paycheck for Affleck
9 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

One star is kind. Cliche stunts,improbable technology, bad acting and a lack of a decent plot.This is some of the worst screen writing to make it to a big budget picture in sometime. Don't miss this one if you are into Hollywood moments and dialogue that will make you toss popcorn. I am glad I was "at work" when I saw this matinee otherwise it would have been a total lost. I bet Affleck wishes they could erase his memory for the past year for making stinkers like this and Gigli. If you're a Philip Dick fan than this movie isn't for you either as this is the worst adaptation of one of his stories. What was Affleck's paycheck? Go back to doing Kevin Smith movies at least you were supposed to be funny.


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