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.


Michael Mann


Stuart Beattie
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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


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


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Director trademark: When Pedrosa is giving orders to his agents at Club Fever he says "get clean shots, watch your background". This is exactly what Vincent Hannah tells his officers as they are approaching the get away car right before the bank robbery shootout in Heat. See more »


(at around 1h 19 mins) Light fixture visible in Club Fever. See more »


[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 »


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Destino De Abril
Written by Rick Garcia, Rene Reyes & Cisco De Luna
Performed by The Green Car Motel
Courtesy of FastKat Records
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Thriller and action with two top notch actors :Cruise and Foxx
20 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie focuses to Max(Jamie Foxx)a cab driver from Los Angeles.He makes his rounds during the night with numerous characters(Debi Mazar,Jada Pinkett Smith)into the car talking with them.He dreams with his own Limousinas company though to his ill mummy(Imma P.Hall)says her that he is proprietary.Vincent(Tom Cruise) is a cruel killer with an engaging contract who offers an great sum of money to drive him several locations around L.A. Max realizes which he is a murderer who has been contracted to kill various people.Events go wrong and Max becomes in hostage and he must find a way to rescue the last objective.Meanwhile a Police Inspectors(Mark Ruffalo,Peter Berg) are tracking down from the killer.

The picture packs action,violence,drama,shootout with exciting scenes.Casting is frankly excellent,the main protagonists make a first class performance.Jamie Foxx(recently his Oscar by ¨Ray¨)as hapless cab man is awesome similarly to Tom Cruise as the relentless murderer,besides Jada Pinkett(Will Smith's wife) as obstinate prosecutor is magnificent. The film contains stimulating action set pieces as the impressive gunplay developed in a tumultuous discotheque or the breathtaking final pursuit in the building and the train. Atmospheric and spectacular music by the master James Newton Howard.Colorful cinematography -although in the main night- is by two nice cameramen,Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron.The motion picture is well directed by the successful director Michael Mann.The film will like to Tom Cruise devotees and action films enthusiastic.Rating :Better than average.Well worth watching.

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,701,458, 8 August 2004

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