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When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey.

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Lee Daniels

Writer:

Will Rokos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Mikey
Helen Mirren ... Rose
Vanessa Ferlito ... Vicki
Macy Gray ... Neisha
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Dr. Don
Mo'Nique ... Precious
Stephen Dorff ... Clayton Mayfield
Matt Higgins ... Eddie
Tom Pasch Tom Pasch ... Andrew
Ryan Eric Speise Ryan Eric Speise ... Anthony - Age 3
Cullen Clancy Cullen Clancy ... Anthony - age 7
Marilyn Yoblick ... Real Estate Agent
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Mikey's Father
Marvina Vinique Marvina Vinique ... Mikey's Mother (as Marvina Vinque)
John Panzarella John Panzarella ... Man in Hotel (as Johnny Panzarella)
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Storyline

Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers her baby and convinces Mikey to help her protect them both. As Rose weakens from cancer, Mikey becomes breadwinner for this unusual family. But tranquility will not last. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Feeling Protected Is Very Seductive


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Contract See more »

Filming Locations:

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,238, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$370,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$519,802
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene where Stephen Dorff's character has sex with the stripper and at the end the actor does full frontal nudity, Lee Daniels shot the moment with several stages of erection, knowing the MPAA would veto the fully erect shot, and like that getting away with the one he really wanted, the semi-erect shot. See more »

Goofs

Just after Macy Gray's character talks to Dorff's character outside his mansion, she gets in the car and shuts the door. In the next shot, she shuts the car door again, despite it already being closed. See more »

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Rose: [to Vicki] Feeling protected is very seductive.
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In Memory of My Uncle Reggie (1942-2005) See more »

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Disturbing, Brilliant Performances
26 January 2008 | by paddyolguinSee all my reviews

This is a movie you love or hate. I loved it. First, the "preposterous plot." Helen Mirren is a gorgeous woman. I had no problem believing Cuba's character would desire her in addition to be utterly loyal to her and dependent on her). I liked that the story's time-line was longer than just about any kind of crime thriller you'd see these days.

This is definitely not a popcorn movie, and you will find yourself shocked at the violence and then moved by the touching scenes. Nothing is exploitive or gratuitous in this film. The grisly violence, intense sexuality and touching interdependence of the characters serve to underscore just how absurdly varying a life (or lives) can be.

I think sometimes moviegoers expect too much from film. Not every movie is A Streetcar Named Desire. There were important, fundamental themes in this movie - love, lust, loyalty, guilt, shame... all brilliantly conveyed by the actors. If you have a problem with imperfect plots, rent a documentary.


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