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

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Trivia

Rian Johnson credits the novels of Dashiell Hammett and the Coen Brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990) as inspirations. The latter led to the former as an interview with the Coens saw them referencing Hammett's work. "I picked up the Hammett and didn't put it down for the next several months." See more »

Goofs

When Brendan meets Dode on the football field, he falls down and his jacket gets quite muddy along the right arm and right side. The next scene is Brendan going to the tunnel at 4:00 p.m. for the meeting, and the jacket is perfectly clean. 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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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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Bugsy Malone goes to high school
26 January 2005 | by mjaneanSee all my reviews

'Brick' is a film noir murder mystery featuring contemporary high school students who talk and behave like 1940's-style gangsters.

I hastily bought a ticket to 'Brick' at the Sundance Film Festival, knowing nothing about it but what was written in the Sundance catalog. I almost didn't go to the 9:15am screening but I am so glad I did. 'Brick' was by far the best of the eight films I'd seen up until then. It's one of those rare movies that keeps me grinning throughout, delighted by every turn of the grim plot.

The slang is thick but contextual. Watch closely for little camera tricks like a clock that reads 5:45 until it comes into focus and suddenly reads 8:30.


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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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1.85 : 1
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