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Collateral (2004)

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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director:

Michael Mann

Writer:

Stuart Beattie
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 70 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Vincent
Jamie Foxx ... Max
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Annie
Mark Ruffalo ... Fanning
Peter Berg ... Richard Weidner
Bruce McGill ... Pedrosa
Irma P. Hall ... Ida
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Daniel
Richard T. Jones ... Traffic Cop #1
Klea Scott ... Fed #1
Bodhi Elfman ... Young Professional Man
Debi Mazar ... Young Professional Woman
Javier Bardem ... Felix
Emilio Rivera ... Paco
Jamie McBride ... Traffic Cop #2
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Storyline

This action thriller follows LA cabbie Max Durocher, the type of person who can wax poetic about other people's lives, which impresses U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell, one of his fares, so much that she gives him her telephone number at the end of her ride. Although a dedicated man as seen through the efficiency in which he does his work, he can't or won't translate that eloquence into a better life for himself. He deludes himself into believing that his now twelve year cabbie job is temporary and that someday he will own his own limousine service. He even lies to his hospitalized mother that he already owns one, with a further lie that he tells her as such primarily to make her happy, rather than the truth which is that he won't do anything to achieve that dream. One night, Max picks up a well dressed man named Vincent, who asks Max to be his only fare for the evening. For a flat fee of $600, plus an extra $100 if he gets to the airport on time - Vincent wants Max to... Written by Huggo

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It started like any other night

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Michael Mann used Cary Grant's performance in His Girl Friday (1940) which he refers to as Front Page, the name of the play it's based upon "in preparation for Vincent's use of irony, his droll wit, and his facile nihilism." See more »

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When Vincent is offering Max the money to hire the cab for the night he puts his hand up on the back seat but in the next shot Vincent's hand is not there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vincent: You OK?
Airport Man: Yeah, I'm fine mate, don't worry about it.
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Crazy Credits

The Dreamworks and Paramount logos are in black and white. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Güero Canelo
Written by Joey Burns
Performed by Calexico
Courtesy of Quarterstick Records
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"Yo homie, is that my briefcase?"

Collateral is a nearly flawless, action, fast paced thriller with superb acting. It is without a doubt one of the best films ever made.

The acting by the film's 2 stars, Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx is absolutely masterful. These 2 already phenomenal actors displayed an even higher notch of excellence in Collateral. Acting-wise, this is definitely one of the most indescribably amazing movies ever.

The script is very simple, and could have been easily taken way too far, however, Michael Mann makes sure that the story is not overdone, and delivers a solid beginning, middle, and fabulous ending.

I know I've already gone over the acting once, but Tom Cruise definitely deserves even more recognition. He plays a professional hit-man just the way it should be played, and more. A hit-man isn't like Rambo, a hit-man doesn't have 5 machine guns strapped to his back and over 50,000 rounds of ammunition. No, Tom Cruise displays a purely flawless performance about what a hit-man really is. A hit-man is supposed to be gentleman-like, and they are supposed to act as if they are going about their daily lives, even before a hit. Many people believe that Tom Cruise's character in the movie was mentally ill because of the way he seemed calm one minute and killed people the next, however he was doing nothing more than his job. It is almost like in a football game, if you are originally a nice person, and you step on the field, you become a killer. Tom Cruise, when doing his job, is a killer. When he is not, he is nothing more than a normal man. This is how great of a performance he delivered.

Collateral opens up with a punch, and never lets up. It is my favorite movie, and one of the most superb action flicks ever made.


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Country:

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Michael Mann Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,701,458, 8 August 2004

Gross USA:

$101,005,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,926,695
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2.39 : 1
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