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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Director:

Paul McGuigan

Writer:

Jason Smilovic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Hartnett ... Slevin Kelevra
Bruce Willis ... Mr. Goodkat
Lucy Liu ... Lindsey
Morgan Freeman ... The Boss
Ben Kingsley ... The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
Michael Rubenfeld Michael Rubenfeld ... Yitzchok
Peter Outerbridge ... Dumbrowski
Stanley Tucci ... Brikowski
Kevin Chamberlin ... Marty
Dorian Missick ... Elvis
Mykelti Williamson ... Sloe
Scott Gibson ... Max
Daniel Kash ... Bodyguard #1
Dmitry Chepovetsky ... Bodyguard #2
Sam Jaeger ... Nick Fisher
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Storyline

In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wrong Time. Wrong Place. Wrong Number. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucky Number S7evin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,074,550 (United Kingdom), 26 February 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,031,921, 9 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,494,487, 16 July 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,308,881, 20 July 2006
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the end, the pseudonym alias of Slevin; "Kelevra", which is Hebrew for "bad dog", ties with Bruce Willis's character, Mr. Smith/Mr. Goodkat. See more »

Goofs

When Slevin is eating the first sandwich he eats in the movie, it changes from being half eaten to having only one bite taken out of it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Soldier: He's clean.
Benny Begin: So, why are you here? Hm?
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In Dreams, Perhaps
Written by Rob Jenkins (as Jenkins) / Andrew Hulme (as Hulme) / Roger Horberry (as Horberry) / Cliff Martinez (as Martinez)
Performed by O Yuki Conjugate
Published by O Yuki Conjugate 2005
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A welcome surprise, Slevin has appeared as if from nowhere.
2 March 2006 | by YoukilledmypineSee all my reviews

Bruce Willis, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci and Josh Hartnett fill a cast line up every bit as impressive as say, Sin City. Leaving behind the sour taste of Wicker Park, Scottish McGuigan follows the likes of his own Gangster Number 1 with this incredibly cool, at times funny thriller that has somehow sneaked into the cinemas without much of a fuss. Supporting cast includes a very welcome cameo from a Jackie Brown star and a bunch of UK actors imitating their US counterpart's accents to perfection. The pairing of Sir Ben and Freeman alone is worth the price of admission, but this is Hartnett(as Slevin)'s film and perhaps it should not be too surprising that he carries it off effectively. In fact, none of the cast really put a foot wrong and even Lucy Liu is pretty adorable (against type if you believe the all the press).

Despite a reasonably confusing series of opening events, Slevin is essentially a straight forward, neat black comedy of errors(mistaken identity for one). The dialogue is at times razor sharp and the action is well shot. The body count climbs steadily as the movie progresses at a cracking pace that never becomes dull. Slevin is thematically similar to a few other choice stories, but like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Slevin should be enjoyed more for the ride and the audience should try not to guess ahead of the plot and let it unfold naturally. There will still be some surprises appearing even for the most avid film fans but like so many thrillers Slevin could be ruined from word of mouth. If it weren't for the warm, familiar feel of similar films, this little gem would be rated higher. Unfairly dismissed by some as confusing, wrongly compared to the legendary Usual Suspects - it's a league apart from the mess that was Revolver and doesn't outstay a welcome.

Oh, and Willis gets to call someone a 'f*** head'. Great stuff.


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