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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

Writer:

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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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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A detective story. See more »


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

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"There are several abstract transitions in the movie," including the one with the trash bag exiting the sewer tunnel at 23:41, "where he [Brendan, played by Gordon-Levitt] goes in and out of consciousness or he has a vision." He knew they had no money for post-production effects, so for this one they came up with this "surreal, practical" effect involving the trash bag that moves towards and over the camera. They shot it backwards and then just played the scene in reverse. See more »

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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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Frankie & Johnny
Performed by Bunny Berigan
Courtesy of SOUNDIES Inc. by arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Transposing geography
5 April 2006 | by El Gato-4See all my reviews

The geography of film noir is usually a neighborhood, a city, a region ... BRICK transposes this geography onto a high school with surprisingly successful results. Watching it brought to mind not only the black & white films of the 40s and 50s, but glimmers of Gus van Sant, David Lynch and River's Edge. What gives BRICK its filmic authenticity (much different from realism) is its language -- the language of Chandler and Hammett, but re-imagined from the lips of contemporary teens.

The effect is staggering. BRICK essentially re-creates a world we thought we knew. Suddenly there are forces at work that we recognize because we knew they were there. But to see them in this noir glow is to give them an exciting new life ... "to see them again for the first time." There are plot twists and surprises aplenty here, although familiar once you realize the inspirations for the film. But familiarity is more than compensated by a superb cast and (not generally noted in these comments) excellent music. Contemporizing the soundtrack keeps us on our toes and makes a significant contribution to the tension of BRICK.

A terrific debut!


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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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