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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

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Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

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Scott Frank

Writers:

Lawrence Block (based on the novel by), Scott Frank (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Matt Scudder
Maurice Compte ... Danny Ortiz
Patrick McDade ... Bar Owner (as Patrick F. McDade)
Luciano Acuna Jr. ... Dominican Banger #1
Hans Marrero ... Dominican Banger #2
Laura Birn ... Leila Alvarez
David Harbour ... Ray
Adam David Thompson ... Albert
Boyd Holbrook ... Peter Kristo
Kim Rosen ... Waitress - Jenny
Dan Stevens ... Kenny Kristo
Eric Nelsen ... Howie
Jon Goracy Jon Goracy ... Bag Boy
Razane Jammal ... Carrie Kristo
Stephanie Andujar ... Cashier
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Storyline

Matt Scudder is a former cop now a private eye. He is asked by a drug dealer to find the men who kidnapped his wife. It seems like they killed her even after he paid them. Scudder refuses. But the man later goes to see him and tells him how his wife was killed. Scudder takes the job. He does some research and thinks the men he is looking for have done this more than once. And that everyone they grabbed is connected to a drug dealer. He was about to give up when they grab another girl and Scudder tries make sure she's returned alive. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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People are afraid of all the wrong things.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although is the second time a Lawrence Block novel about Matthew Scudder is turned into a movie, this is the first one set in New York. It is often considered the city is a character itself in every book written by Block. See more »

Goofs

(at around 56 mins) While set in 1999, when Scudder clears moisture off a windows in the old house you can see a modern time (built after 2010) white car parked below the train bridge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Danny Ortiz: You need some help, man.
Matt Scudder: Oh, God.
Danny Ortiz: I don't care. You want to mess up your own shit - but you're going to mess up mine, too. I need to know you got my back. Not that you're going to come falling through the door behind me...
Matt Scudder: Don't worry your pretty little spic head off.
Danny Ortiz: Anyway. That was all I wanted to say.
Matt Scudder: Is that it? Fuck you!
[gets out of the car]
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Alternate Versions

UK theatrical version was cut by the distributor to secure a "15" rating (a scene of sexual threat (including an aggressive use of the word 'cunt')). This version was also released on DVD/Blu-ray. See more »


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Black Hole Sun
Written by Chris Cornell
Performed by Swann Feat. Nouela
Courtesy of Pusher, LLC
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Walk Like a Man
18 September 2014 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Welcome to the annual off-season gift from Liam Neeson. Seemingly every year, he provides us with a February or September release that requires his particular set of tough guy skills. This time, he plays Matthew Scudder - of the popular Lawrence Block crime novel series (17 books).

Director Scott Frank (The Lookout) works to create a 1970's feel, although the film opens up as a flashback to 1991, and quickly fast forwards to 1999 NYC. There are no shortage of clichés here, but nothing is over the top; and the bleak, somber, usually rainy setting establishes the tone that fits with "unlicensed" private detective Scudder's preferred method of living and detecting.

Of course, Scudder is a recovering alcoholic and former cop, with a tragic, careless incident on his record and conscience. The film is so ever-bleak, that the moments of humor ... though often awkward and out of place ... are quite welcome. The only shining light of innocence comes courtesy of a sharp homeless kid named TJ, played by Brian "Astro" Bradley. TJ is a Philip Marlowe wannabe, and quickly assumes the role of Scudder's partner/intern/IT Department.

Bad guys are everywhere. Even the serial killers (David Harbour, Adam David Thompson) target the family members of criminals, so as to minimize the involvement of the proper authorities. As an improper authority, we can't ask for better than Liam Neeson. He works for "favors", not a paycheck.

Other support work comes courtesy of Dan Stephens ("Downton Abbey"), Boyd Holbrook, and creepy cemetery groundskeeper (is there another type?) Olafur Darri Olafsson, who creates yet another memorable character with limited screen time (see "True Detective").

Mr. Neeson gets plenty of telephone action, which plays right into the strength of Taken, and it's pretty amazing how much WALKING he does throughout the story. He looks great walking in his duster, but it seems a bicycle would be more efficient ... though admittedly, much less daunting. As a whole, though the movie is probably a bit familiar, it's the little details and the powerful Liam Neeson that makes it a welcome late summer release.


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Country:

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Release Date:

19 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,758,780, 21 September 2014

Gross USA:

$26,307,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,834,384
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Mainland China Censored Version)

Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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