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Unleashed (2005)

A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director:

Louis Leterrier

Writer:

Luc Besson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Sam
Bob Hoskins ... Bart
Kerry Condon ... Victoria
Vincent Regan ... Raffles
Dylan Brown ... Lefty
Tamer Hassan ... Georgie
Michael Jenn ... Wyeth
Phyllida Law ... Distinguished Lady
Carole Ann Wilson ... Maddy
Mike Lambert Mike Lambert ... The Stranger
Jaclyn Tze Wey Jaclyn Tze Wey ... Danny's Mother
Puthirith Chou Puthirith Chou ... Teen Danny
Tony Theng Tony Theng ... Little Danny
Owen Lay Owen Lay ... Baby Danny
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Storyline

Two men cut off from the world in different ways become unlikely friends and protectors in this offbeat action drama. Danny (Jet Li) is a physically powerful but emotionally stunted man; never given any sort of proper education, Danny has learned little in his lifetime but how to fight, and his minder, Bart (Bob Hoskins), treats him more like a guard dog than anything else, using him in illegal no-holds-barred brawls that earn Bart plenty of money but only reinforce Danny's violent alienation. When Bart is injured in an auto accident, Danny is left to fend for himself, and stumbles upon Sam (Morgan Freeman), an elderly piano tuner who has lost his sight. Sam is the first person to treat Danny with kindness, and the music he plays soothes the troubled soul of the fighter. However, Danny's fighting skills soon come in handy when Sam runs afoul of a pack of small-time crooks who believe he knows too much about their operations.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Morgan Freeman's character Sam was at first not blind at all. After hearing from a piano school for the blind (with a very high reputation, and where the scholars developed their hearing), Freeman had the idea of making his character blind because like this it is easier for Sam to "see" the child in Jet Li's character, and not the brutal killer. See more »

Goofs

When Jet Li kicks the man in white before the end of their fight the man is pushed back and hits a statue of a man. When Jet Li kicks again and breaks the statue its of a woman instead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bart: Get 'em!
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Alternate Versions

The Europa Ultimate Edition of the film contains deleted scenes like:
  • 1) Danny admits to Sam that he 'hurts people'.
  • 2) An incomplete fight-sequence at a indoor car park.
  • 3) A 3D track shot inside the piano
  • ..and also U.S version scenes include:
  • 1) A longer montage of Bart taking Danny throughout Glasgow to collect money.
  • 2) Alternate ending: instead of ending with a close-up of Danny, it simply ends with the piano crawl.
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Soundtracks

Aftersun
Performed by Massive Attack
Vocal by Dot Allison
Written by Dot Allison (as Allison), Robert Del Naja (as Del Naja), Neil Davidge (as Davidge) and Magnus Fiennes (as Fiennes)
(p) 2003 Virgin Records Ltd
(c) Copyright Control/Copyright Control/BMG/Warner Chappell
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A Brutal-Yet-Touching Film
15 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

For a martial arts picture, "Unleashed" was above average because it had some heart and soul to it.....not just people beating the crap out of one another for two straight hours.

However, be wary of those who claim this isn't an action film. That's not true: there is a lot of action, quite a bit of brutality and profanity, mostly by Bob Hoskins' character "Bart" in this movie. Hoskins plays profane, nasty slave-owner who has locked up and trained "Danny" (Jet Li) to be the ultimate fighting machine. Once Danny is "unleashed" (literally) he's a killer and helps the gangster Bart in his criminal work.

Then, in a moment of further greed, Hoskins agrees to enter his man in a death match with a lot of money at stake. That match turns out to be a farce with Danny winning in a matter of seconds. The other promoter wants a rematch, and with more entertainment. In the meantime, however, Danny escapes his captors and winds up at the house of an older blind American, "Sam," played by Morgan Freeman. He and his 18-year-old daughter "Natalie" (Kelly Condon) befriend young Danny, slowly bringing him out of his "animal" state. Everyone discovers Danny has some very human characteristics and is basically a nice, gentle guy. The family helps uncover that through music (piano playing, to be exact). These are all touching scenes.

But then - and this is almost a cliché in these kind of films - the bad guy comes back, snatches him away and his former bad life comes back....except Danny is a changed man. How he can get out of this latest predicament and what happens to this new "adopted" family, takes up the rest of the story. That last part has the same thing: ultra-violent and touching scenes.

Jet Li does an excellent job in here, not only displaying his amazing physical talents but also showing us he has warmth in his face and heart.

Overall: a brutal, yet touching film: an odd combination.


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Country:

France | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,600,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$24,537,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,871,113
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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