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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vincent
... Max
... Annie
... Fanning
... Richard Weidner
... Pedrosa
... Ida
... Daniel
... Traffic Cop #1
... Fed #1
... Young Professional Man
... Young Professional Woman
... Felix
... Paco
... Traffic Cop #2
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LA cabbie Max Durocher is 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 drive him to five stops ... Written by Huggo

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It started like any other night

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Michael Mann Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,701,458, 8 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,005,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,764,291
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Trivia

Although Max refers to himself as "collateral" in the scene where he briefly stands up to Vincent after the hitman kills the jazz club owner, that's not where the movie got its title. The original script had Vincent's professional name as "Vincent Collateral", and there is a deleted scene that confirms this. The title was considered for a change after the unsuccessful release of the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Collateral Damage (2002), but everyone agreed that they shouldn't avoid a title everyone liked, just because it echoed a movie that no one cared about. See more »

Goofs

When Annie gets into the cab at the start, she gets in and sits on the left hand side, yet throughout the rest of the cab ride, she is on the right hand side (directions as per facing destination). See more »

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[first lines]
Vincent: You OK?
Airport Man: Yeah, I'm fine mate, don't worry about it.
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The Dreamworks and Paramount logos are in black and white. See more »

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References The Transporter (2002) See more »

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Written by Rick Garcia, Rene Reyes & Cisco De Luna
Performed by The Green Car Motel
Courtesy of FastKat Records
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Tom Cruise - Better than I thought!
10 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film could be a major turning point in Tom's career. He plays Vincent with cold-blooded charm. It is wonderful to watch a character stay flawless throughout an entire film and not be OTT with Hollywood FX etc. The dialogue between Vincent and Max is brilliant and the tug of hate they exchange brings out some chilling truths.

I love the way this movie has been filmed. It almost shows you the dark side of LA as well as the dark side of life.

The soundtrack cruises through the film beautifully. It is well timed at crucial scenes and when the film is done, you just want to buy the soundtrack to listen to.

Everyone that I have recommended this film to have been well pleased. However, Tom Cruise was sensational in this film and I was never keen on him. This film sits high in the rankings table for me and I am telling those who haven't seen it - YOU MUST!


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