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The Box (2003)

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When Frank comes out of prison, and meets Marie, it's a start of a new life, until she accidentally kills her abusive night club owner-ex. Frank helps burying him, when they discover a box, which turns their life upside down.

Director:

Richard Pepin

Writer:

James Russo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Russo ... Frank Miles
Theresa Russell ... Dora Baker
Brad Dourif ... Stan
Mark Parra ... Steve
Steve Railsback ... Jake Ragna
Jon Polito ... Michael Dickerson
Michael Rooker ... Detective Stafford
John Snyder ... Detective Miller
Lee Weaver ... Joe
Joe Palese ... Mike Jennings
Lucille M. Oliver ... Rita
Meadow Williams ... Dancer
Kfir Shoshan Kfir Shoshan ... Man at bar
Michael Corral Michael Corral ... Butler
Carlos Lauchu ... Bartender
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When Frank comes out of prison, and meets Marie, it's a start of a new life, until she accidentally kills her abusive night club owner-ex. Frank helps burying him, when they discover a box, which turns their life upside down.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caixa See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Brad Dourif's t-shirts, refer to earlier movies, in which he appeared. See more »

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Referenced in Final Move (2006) See more »

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Brutal story. Poor acting.
5 May 2006 | by barberouxSee all my reviews

"The Box" was not a good movie. I thought the main character, Frank, was a brutal thug just released from prison and destined to go back. He solves problems with violence and, as I saw it, stalked a waitress he met. I think the movie tried to portray Frank as a victim of circumstance where he tries to go straight but is pulled back into crime by the bad influences around him. It was not successful. Frank made deliberate choices to use violence while trying to recover money from the crime he was imprisoned for. Was I to believe that this action was justified and correct? I didn't buy it. It's the skewed logic of a criminal mind that since they stole something then it is now theirs and they are justified in using any means to recover their property. Hey, it's stolen property. It doesn't belong to you. Then there is the whole other story about the waitress and her dysfunctional relationship that Frank sticks his nose into. The whole movie had this poorly contrived aura about it. It seemed that there was an ending, a poor ending, the writer had in mind and he just filled in some facts in the beginning to get the ending to happen. The performances by the principles were poor. Theresa Russell is capable of far better work and she did an OK job given the poor story but overall it wasn't that great. Brad Dourif seemed like he wanted to portray a tough guy by cursing and acting like a fool. He wasn't believable. The movie was a waste of time. Don't bother with it.


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