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The Contract (2006)

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A father and his son attempt to bring in an assassin to the authorities, but his dangerous associates have other plans.

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Bruce Beresford
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Carden
John Cusack ... Ray
Jamie Anderson ... Chris
Alice Krige ... Miles
Megan Dodds ... Sandra
Corey Johnson ... Davis
Jonathan Hyde ... Turner
Bill Smitrovich ... Wainwright
Anthony Warren ... Royko
Ned Bellamy ... Evans
Thomas Lockyer Thomas Lockyer ... Johnson
Gary Whelan ... Stanfield
Ian Shaw ... Michaels
Atanas Srebrev ... Rodrigues
Maynard Eziashi ... Robbins
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Storyline

Ray Keene (John Cusack), a father who wants to redeem himself in the eyes of his son (Jamie Anderson), is trying to bring Carden (Morgan Freeman), a world-class assassin to justice. All the while, he must protect his son and evade the assassin's team who are methodically hunting them down in the wilderness. Written by Anonymous

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Every Killer Meets His Equal. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Metropolitan Films [France]

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El contrato See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bruce Beresford wrote extensively about this film in his recent memoir, "Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This". The production was apparently deeply troubled, and Beresford was well aware that the script didn't make sense. The producers closed the shoot down after fifty days, and Beresford was forced to use his own money to complete the film. See more »

Goofs

The rain is out of sync allot of the time when the scenes are switching back and forth in the early part of the movie. Especially since everyone should be in a fairly close area. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I'll be coming for you. Depend on it.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Written by Frank Sorci and Jessica Tomich
Performed by Red Letter
Published by Sorci Music Publishing (BMI) / Three Degrees Music (BMI)
Courtesy of North Star Media
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Not enough suspense
24 March 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the chase between cops, assassin's associates, assassin and an ex-cop.

The plot is very simple. Run, run and run. Apart from the constant displacement, there is really not much more to the film. As a result, there is no room to develop the characters. The dialog is weak. The only line that had some depth was when Chris exclaimed that he never thought his father listened to him.

The suspense looks too artificial. Why must they climb down the cliff in pouring rain? Is there really no alternative route? The editing was not tight enough to allow the suspense to sustain. Female nudity is put into the film in such a way that seems totally out of place and unnecessary.

In the end, Morgan Freeman's and John Cusack's characters developed respect and sympathy for each other. This could have been portrayed in more detail.

The only redeeming feature is the beautiful scenery. The valleys and waterfalls are breathtaking.


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