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Derailed (2005)

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.


Mikael Håfström


Stuart Beattie (screenplay), James Siegel (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... LaRoche
Clive Owen ... Charles Schine
Addison Timlin ... Amy Schine
Melissa George ... Deanna Schine
Jennifer Aniston ... Lucinda Harris
Sandra Bee Sandra Bee ... Train Conductor
RZA ... Winston Boyko
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Accountant
Tom Conti ... Eliot Firth
Rachael Blake ... Susan Davis (as Rachel Blake)
Richard Leaf ... Night Clerk Ray
Xzibit ... Dexter
Catherine McCord ... Avery Price Receptionist
Denis O'Hare ... Jerry the Lawyer
Georgina Chapman ... Candy


Chicago advertising executive Charles 'Chaz' Schine is mentally worn down by his useless teacher wife Deanna and their equally ingrate daughter Amy, whose bad diabetes requires experimental, uncovered treatment that would exhaust their life savings. When foxy investment adviser Lucinda Harris volunteers to pay his ticket when he arrive son the commuter train without cash, they soon start an affair. Taking her to a tacky hotel, they are held at gunpoint by thug 'Frenchie' LaRoche, who rapes her having knocked Chaz down, robs their wallets and calls him afterward, blackmailing a small fortune not to tell his wife. Paying through equally abusive Dexter only incurs more demands and abuse, until Chaz brings along ex con office mail boy Winston Boyko, who promises to scare away, but is shot by LaRoche, leaving Chaz to deal with the corpse, police detective Church being a friend of Winston's. Only when bled dry, Chaz finds out Lucinda is a stolen identity, part of an elaborate setup. His ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Each time the Chicago Metra train pulled into Union Station, the PA announcer kept saying that it was the end of the red line. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) uses color coded routes, and the Metra system uses actual named routes (Metra Milwaukee District North). Also, the view of the train entering the city shows it entering from the south, but Charles' briefcase tag says he lives in Wilmette which is north of the city. See more »


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Good name for it
13 June 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston are two adulterer-wannabes who are "Derailed" from their plans in this 2005 film. It also stars Vincent Cassel, RZA, Tom Conti and Melissa George. Charles Schine (Owen) and Lucinda Harris (Aniston) meet on a commuter train; on the night they take a hotel room to begin their affair, it's broken into by a criminal, LaRoche, who steals from both of them, rapes Lucinda repeatedly, and then continues to blackmail Charles for large sums of money. Lucinda refuses to go to the police, saying that her husband will file for divorce and take her daughter away from her.

Normally I take a film for what it is, and even if it has holes, if I really like it, I'll accept those holes. "Derailed" doesn't have holes. It has gullies. The character of Charles is completely unlikable throughout the film and a constant source of frustration. His diabetic daughter has had two or three kidney transplants, all of which were rejected by her body. For seven years, he and his wife, a teacher, have been saving money for a new antirejection drug coming on the market that the insurance won't cover. And I'm supposed to believe that he just keeps meeting LaRoche, who beats him to a pulp every time they meet, and handing him this hard-earned money that will save his daughter's life. Instead of going to the police, he honors the wishes of Lucinda. Well, forget it. Gulley number one.

Gulley number two. A young man at the office, Winston (RZA) who has been in prison decides to help out Schine. Knowing how violent and ruthless LaRoche is, Schine and Winston go alone, and Winston has an unloaded gun. Not a wise move. Didn't Winston have any buddies that could have gone along?

Gulley number three. Schine says he has two mortgages on his house and talks about how they've scrimped and saved. Question: a man, a woman, a child and a dog live in what looked to be a 10,000 square foot home in a ritzy neighborhood - gosh, ever heard of downsizing? Bet the couple of million you'd have gotten for that place would buy a lot of antirejection drugs.

With a minimum of work, a terrific, exciting, scary story could have been made into a fantastic movie with just a little restructuring and some stronger motives that made sense. Schine really didn't have a reason not to go to the police, even if he said he was mugged and left Lucinda out of it.

Clive Owen made a big splash in "Closer" and was considered for the role of James Bond. He's handsome and a wonderful actor, but if he wants a big-time film career, he's going to have to do better than this. Aniston did a good job as Lucinda, and Cassel was absolutely terrific as the revolting LaRoche.

At the end of the film, when the action and plot devices really pick up, I realized that the first hour and something had been a real waste. It had been badly DERAILED.

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English | French

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,211,986, 13 November 2005

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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