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Shattered (2007)

Butterfly on a Wheel (original title)
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

Director:

Mike Barker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Tom Ryan
Maria Bello ... Abby Randall
Gerard Butler ... Neil Randall
Emma Karwandy Emma Karwandy ... Sophie Randall
Claudette Mink ... Judy Ryan
Desiree Zurowski ... Helen Schriver
Nicholas Lea ... Jerry Crane
Peter Keleghan ... Karl Granger
Samantha Ferris ... Diane
Malcolm Stewart ... Dave Carver
Callum Keith Rennie ... Det. McGill
Dustin Milligan ... Matt Ryan
Julie Patzwald Julie Patzwald ... Female Teller
Jason McKinnon ... French Waiter
Kurt Evans ... Maitre D'
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Storyline

In Chicago, Neil Randall - family man and executive of an advertisement agency - has a perfect life. He expects to be promoted in his job soon, he has a beautiful and sexy wife, Abby, a lovely daughter, Sophie, and he lives in a wonderful house. When Neil's boss, Karl Granger, invites him to spend the weekend in his country cottage, Abby hires a nanny for Sophie, so Abby can spend the day with her sister, Diane. While driving Abby to meet Diane, a stranger who was hidden on the backseat appears with a gun, and informs them that he has kidnapped Sophie. He introduces himself as Ryan, and states that for twenty-four hours the couple will obey his orders, otherwise he will kill Sophie. By keeping the couple under his total control, he makes it clear that he is a calculating sociopath with nothing to lose, and the intention of destroying Neil's perfect life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lives will be broken See more »


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Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,432,482, 6 July 2008
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| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title is taken from the phrase "Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?", meaning taking massive effort in achieving something minor. See more »

Goofs

As Neil and Abby prepare to get out the car to go into the bank, you hear Tom say ' ... you'll never see your daughter again' but as the camera cuts to Tom, his lips do not move on the last words of that sentence. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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I'll Take Care of You
Written by Brook Benton
Performed by Irma Thomas
Published by Famous Music Publishing Company Ltd.
Courtesy of Rounder Records. www.rounder.com
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Intelligent Thriller
29 November 2007 | by MelvynPSee all my reviews

When their happy lifestyle is suddenly interrupted and turned upside down by the forceful intrusion of a menacing kidnapper (Brosnan), Abby and Neil (Bello and Butler) are left with no choice but to follow the increasingly difficult demands and tests set them by this man. It's edge-of-the-seat stuff most of the way, with plenty of twists and turns and even when you get to that stage where you think you know all the answers, something else catches you off guard. The three leading actors all provide sound performances in this intelligent, edgy little thriller, with Brosnan proving yet again, because a lot of people seem not to have realised it before, that he really can act.


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