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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 Flynn Clancy Cullen Flynn Clancy ... Anthony - age 7 (as Cullen Clancy)
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


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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$370,627, 20 August 2006
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wes Bentley was scheduled to star as Clayton, but dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Don examines the bodyguard, the bullet hole is straight down through his foot. However, that would be impossible from the distance Clayton shot him. See more »

Quotes

[after shooting two people]
Clayton: Eddie, what'd I tell you about talking when I'm fucking, huh?
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of My Uncle Reggie (1942-2005) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Cuba Gooding Jr. (2006) See more »

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P.M.
Performed by Macy Gray (with special thanks from Lee Daniels)
Written by Macy Gray, Mike Elizondo & Keefus Ciancia
Published by Zomba Songs Inc. o/b/o itself and Happy Mel Boppy's Cocktail Lounge & Music (BMI),
Elvis Mambo Music (ASCAP)
All rights on behalf of Elvis Mambo Music and Blotter Music administered by Music of Windswept and Raven Violet Music (BMI)
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Found it very enjoyable and a good perf. from Cuba
26 September 2005 | by tofferottiSee all my reviews

I just saw this film in the directors cut version on Friday night. I have to say I really enjoyed it. Lee Daniels was at the screening and it was a screening for the investors so nobody was going to pull punches because they had money involved. It took a little while to get into the plot but I was totally sucked in after a while. It will supposedly be released in December and hopefully won't be cut down too much. There were some sex scenes that will probably go because some people in this country can't handle it, but nothing that I felt was gratuitous or just sex for the sake of showing some nudity. Some may also find the violence objectionable but nothing close to SinCity or any war movie ever made. I hope the film does well and the public enjoys it. Who cares what the industry has to say. They promote absolute garbage with a full wallet all the time. Check this one out and form an opinion for yourself.


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