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. Under constant surveillance by Detective Brikowski and assassin Goodkat, he must get them before they get him.

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Paul McGuigan

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Jason Smilovic
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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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In promotional material for this movie, Sir Ben Kingsley's credit included his knighthood. At first, the actor was singled out for some criticism, as such things are usually omitted from professional credits. It transpired that this was a mistake by a studio executive, who was unfamiliar with the British honors system. See more »

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When Slevin is first taken to see "The Boss", as he is exiting the building, someone is taking a picture of him. You see his reflection in the lens of the camera. The reflection should have been reversed, but it was not. See more »

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[first lines]
Soldier: He's clean.
Benny Begin: So, why are you here? Hm?
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After Laughter (Comes Tears)
Written by Johnnie Frierson and Wendy Rene (as Mary Frierson)
Performed by Wendy Rene
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Published by Irving Music, Inc. o/b/o East Memphis Music Corp.
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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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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,031,921, 9 April 2006

Gross USA:

$22,495,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,308,881
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