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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.

Director:

Rian Johnson

Writer:

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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"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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ponta de um Crime 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:

$2,060,589, 9 July 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rian Johnson wrote the original screenplay in 1997. It took him six years in order to fund the project. See more »

Goofs

When Tug shoots Dode you see the puff of compressed air from the squib on the back of Dode's head. 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

References Duck Soup (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze
from "The Mikado"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert (as W.S. Gilbert)
Arranged by Renato Neto
Performed by Nora Zehetner
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Fantastic take on noir genre in a modern setting.
15 October 2005 | by dutch101See all my reviews

Just saw this at the Chi. International Film Festival, and must say it was the best feature film that I have seen all year. Excellent tribute to the noir genre, with sort of a Raymond Chandler-esquire slant to the dialog, a sort of hard-boiled type protagonist, and the typical twists, turns and double crosses that come with the territory. All this while taking place within the confines of a modern California high-school social scene. Somehow manages to walk the line of homage, send-up, and original film incredibly well. Parts were edge-of-your seat, parts had me cringing with pain or shock, and parts had me in stitches. Well worth seeing.


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