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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Bruce Beresford in a book he wrote, Steven Seagal asked for a supporting role, but was declined. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 23 mins) When the shootings occur in the woods at the funeral, a silenced rifle is used. However, the shootings occur close enough to the funeral that you can clearly hear the service, so the funeral attendees should be able to clearly hear even a silenced gunshot (silencers don't work like the movies depict, the shot is still identifiable as a shot, just not as loud: it's not a soft pop, especially not with a rifle). See more »

Quotes

Frank: I'll be coming for you. Depend on it.
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Connections

References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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Very poorly written dialogue makes it unbearable...
7 January 2008 | by christopher-77See all my reviews

This is proof that an otherwise good movie can be hampered by not enough script re-writes (or maybe too many?). The dialogue is laughable and laudable.

The writer's style is such that the lines are delivered in a very staccato style: A quips to B, B responds with quip to A. There are no real "conversations" in the movie, and it makes it had to develop any of the back-story of the characters. "Quips" about someone's past are usually quickly dismissed into the script, never to be seen again.

Some of the movie made me laugh, it was so poorly written. In a scene where a death occurs, there was no emotional outburst from their family member. It was crazy, and felt very rushed, like the director or writer was trying to push us forward quickly to the next scene, without slowing the camera down and exploring the actor's emotions.

Badly written. C-


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