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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.

Director:

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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The only thing standing between an assassin and his target is a father who must protect his son. 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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Trivia

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

(at around 38 mins) When Johnson gives their coordinates via radio to Davis, he says "40.083 North, 25.55 West". That's in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, between Europe and North America. Washington state, where the movie is supposed to take place, lies approximately between Western longitudes 117 and 124 and Northern latitudes 46 and 49. See more »

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Turner: Bobby Fischer would be proud of that move.
[just before being checkmated]
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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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Too average for two terrific actors
4 August 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of both Morgan Freeman and John Cussack, so when I saw this rental at Hollywood Video, I didn't hesitate, it seemed like a very good idea of the two of them being together in the film. However, I was disappointed when I brought it home and looked up the rating on IMDb to see an average rating. But knowing I had to get my money's worth, I watched it this evening, now I didn't think it was a bad movie, but it was pretty average for what I was expecting from these extremely talented actors. The plot had extreme potential, but some things were not explained well enough, like the characters just had no depth. The script just needed some more work.

After Ray's son gets into trouble, he wants to do a little bonding with him, so he takes him camping. But things get a little interesting when he and his son try to save two people from the river who have washed ashore, one of them is a police officer who is fatally wounded and the other man, Cander, is a hit man who is wanted by the F.B.I. and is also being followed by his fellow assassins. Ray and his son take Cander and try to take him to the police, but it's hard when the assassins are after all of them and won't stop until they get what they want.

A hit-man with a heart of gold, not that original, not that believable, not to mention how some of the plot seemed a bit mediocre and confusing at times. Now, Morgan and John did a good job with what they had, they made the film watchable. They really did have good chemistry so I do hope they do a film together soon, just before they do that, they read the script first. So The Contract is a film I would say is watchable, just like I said, it's a bit average for what you would expect, but just judge for yourself.

6/10


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