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Unleashed (2005)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 May 2005 (USA)
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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Details

Official Sites:

Rogue

Country:

France | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unleashed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,924,204 (France), 4 February 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,900,901, 15 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,520,892, 10 July 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,013,571, 5 January 2006
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is considered to be a loose remake of Soldier (1998). See more »

Goofs

When the SUV flips over, the skid plate protecting the front axle is visible. In the next shot, it has been removed. 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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The Entertainer
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User Reviews

 
Triumphant mixture of action and drama
8 October 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

DANNY THE DOG

(USA/UK: Unleashed)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS

Raised as a fighting machine by thuggish Glasgow loan sharks, a young man (Jet Li) finds happiness after falling into the care of a kindly old piano teacher (Morgan Freeman) and his musical-protégé granddaughter (Kerry Condon). But Li's past catches up with him, threatening the safety of his newfound family...

Terrific combination of heartfelt drama and bone-crunching action scenes (choreographed by Yuen Wo-ping), anchored by strong performances (including Bob Hoskins as Li's brutal 'mentor') and a finely-tuned script by French action maestro Luc Besson. Grainy filmstock and an excess of closeups (typical of the ghastly Super 35 'widescreen' process) render it less cinematic than it ought to be, and the narrative is predictable, but the movie works on a visceral level whilst simultaneously pulling the heartstrings. Li's best non-HK film since KISS OF THE DRAGON (2001).

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