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Black Dawn (2005)

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Jonathan Cold returns, this time he goes undercover to stop a group of terrorists before they bomb Los Angeles.


Martin Wheeler





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Jonathan Cold
Tamara Davies ... Agent Amanda Stuart
John Pyper-Ferguson ... James Donovan
Julian Stone ... Michael Donovan
Nicholas Davidoff ... Nicholi
Roman Varshavsky ... Fedor
Noa Hegesh ... Julia
Warren Derosa ... Sergey
Angela Gots ... Stazi
Don Franklin ... Max Pierson
Timothy Carhart ... Greer
David St. James ... Julius Macabe
Eddie Velez ... Brody
Matt Salinger ... Myshkin (as Matthew Salinger)
Ryan Bollman ... Billy Raduziner


Jonathan Cold returns, this time he goes undercover to stop a group of terrorists before they bomb Los Angeles.

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It's always darkest before dawn.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The film is infamous for Steven Seagal not being involved in any of the fight scenes due to his leaving the film 18 days into a 30-day shoot. The director shot fights with stunt doubles and scenes that were to involve Seagal were replaced by his co-star in the film. See more »


Cameras are visible attached to the side of the truck, concealed in black plastic. See more »


Michael Donovan: I'm disappointed, Jonathan. I thought we had an agreement!
Jonathan Cold: Shit happens, you know?
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: On Deadly Ground (2009) See more »

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27 November 2019 | by lukem-52760See all my reviews

"Black Dawn" is a pretty cheap & average Seagal film but he's done way worse with, Flight of Fury,Shadow Man,Attack Force & A Good Man. Now i know his straight to dvd B-movies are not going to be excellent Productions but sometimes he does a great job & makes a decent "Gem" of a film like he did with the really decent & very good Driven To Kill, Submerged & Belly of the Beast , among a few other's but with "Black Dawn" it's not as entertaining or as well made as those films but it's an easy watching late-night type of Thriller.

This is a typical Terrorists & Double Crossing type of Action Spy Thriller, it's not absolutely Terrible or one of the worst films I've ever seen, it's just very basic. There is some good brutal action bits & Seagal is decent enough. The music is ok & it's directed ok, at times there's some good violent bits but no where near as much fun as it should be for a Seagal action B-movie. There is a dark tone Spy Thriller Feel & has a decent Mystery Atmosphere. All in all "Black Dawn" is not one of the Seagal's best DTV flicks but it's still an easy watch like his other's even if there's not much quality overall. This is a sequel to his "The Foreigner" from 2003!!! Seagal plays the same character, Jonathan Cold.

Seagal has lost it totally from his glory days but us fans still check his films out & hope to find a real good film from the Master & to be honest most of Seagal's cheap flicks are watchable & often good fun!!! Seagal is trapped in the extremely poor low-rent Thriller category & it mostly comes down to getting a "Good" director to inject some style or something into a DTV Seagal film & then Seagal himself might be more interested on screen like he seemed in the very good & very well made "Driven To Kill" or "Belly of the Beast" two of his best DTV films.

Black Dawn, is a pretty standard cheap Action Thriller that's watchable & quite enjoyable in it's rough & tacky feel, even if most of the effects are very cheap & silly looking.

But it is cool to have a Seagal character return in another movie, that hasn't happened since his Under Siege films!!!

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Release Date:

27 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Foreigner: Black Dawn See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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