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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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The horn signal Brendan instructs Laura to give him (long, short, long, short) is the same as the doorbell signal Sam Spade tells Brigid O'Shaughnessy he'll use in "The Maltese Falcon (1941)." Brendan's earlier line to Laura, "Now you are dangerous," is taken from the film as well. See more »

Goofs

When Brendan is led into the Pin's office by Tugger: there are several boys lined up on either side of the corridor right up to the door of the office. In the next shot from within the office the door is left open, but no one can be seen in the corridor. 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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Brain Hammer
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Film Noir meets 90s High School flick
22 March 2005 | by dylan-89See all my reviews

I saw this film at a sneak preview the other night not knowing what to expect. To say the least I was pleasantly surprised. Film Noir being one of my favorite film genre's, "Brick" follows the same story structure, odd-ball characters, right down to the very smart and quick paced dialogue of a 30s/40s hard boiled detective thriller. The twist that lifts it above parody and even a mere homage is the presentation of these elements with high school kids in Southern California. The direction by Rian Johnson is very expert and confident in telling the story, giving the audience smooth and quick editing along with skewed and distorted camera angles. He manages to maintain suspense throughout the film, only in a couple of parts letting it drag (the scenes with the Drama Queen are some of the weakest). The actors are great, the most memorable being the "villains" Pen and Tugger. Rather than just being atypical baddies, their portrayals give them depth, sympathy, and at the same time a degree of likability. Kudos also goes to the actor who played Brain, the partner of Frye, who is nearly flawless in his somewhat small role. John Shaft himself, Richard Roundtree, shows up as the Vice Principal, but it is obvious they only had the budget to hire him for one day. I have to say this isn't a classic film by any means; I merely decided to give it such a high rating because it attempts something different and succeeds fairly successfully. I've been tired of the mundane films that get released every year, and for once this is something that is completely different; the use of archetypal characters in the setting and delivery not expected. It's a low budget film, but it is obvious to me that that this filmmaker will be heard from again. Keep an eye out.


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