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Brick (2005)

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A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.

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Rian Johnson

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Rian Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Brendan
Nora Zehetner ... Laura
Lukas Haas ... The Pin
Noah Fleiss ... Tugger
Matt O'Leary ... The Brain
Emilie de Ravin ... Emily (as Emilie De Ravin)
Noah Segan ... Dode
Richard Roundtree ... Assistant V.P. Trueman
Meagan Good ... Kara
Brian White ... Brad Bramish
Jonathan Cauff ... Biff
Reedy Gibbs Reedy Gibbs ... Pin's Mom
Lucas Babin ... Big Stoner
Tracy Bitterolf Tracy Bitterolf ... Straggler (as Tracy Wilcoxen)
Ari Welkom ... Tangles (as Ari Velkom)
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Storyline

The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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"A spellbinder! It pins you to your seat." See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brick See more »

Filming Locations:

San Clemente, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,574, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$2,075,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,947,579
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The director was asked about his frequent shots of birds and feet in the movie. "'Birds and Feet' could be an alternate title for the movie," Rian Johnson joked. " The birds were definitely a little nod to The Maltese Falcon (1941), but it has more to do with shooting in San Clemente, a little beach-town in Orange County. It's my hometown actually, and we shot it at my high school. That town is full of birds, full of seagulls. I grew up surrounded by them and I knew that shooting there, we were going to be surrounded by them, so it kind of made sense to make that some sort of ongoing motif in the movie. The feet thing, I just personally really like shoes as a design element for a character. They can give you a very instant snapshot of the essence of that character. Brendan with his good solid, no-nonsense weathered shoes, or Emily, with shoes that were these beautiful delicate little things that now are all beat-up." See more »

Goofs

When Brendan is talking to Assistant Vice Principal Trueman in his office, a reflection of the boom mic can be seen in a picture on his desk. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Arranged by Renato Neto
Performed by Nora Zehetner
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User Reviews

Saw the film at a screening, I'm telling all my friends...
22 March 2005 | by RedEarthCognacSee all my reviews

An instant classic. At once, it demands respect for its efforts. Creating an original film amidst the money-press-like formulaic cookie-cutters is reminiscent an act of rebellion against "the man", and this film has done a beautiful job of sticking it to 'em.

This is just an example of how a movie should be made, and I don't say things like that lightly.

Hell, you know it's going to be interesting when Neilson can only compare and contrast it with things like Memento and Donnie Darko on their little questionnaire. Rock on for intelligent life out there, keep it coming! I for one can't wait till it's released so I can watch for the things I know I missed! -Cognac


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