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Snitch (2013)

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A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal.

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Ric Roman Waugh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... John Matthews
Barry Pepper ... Agent Cooper
Jon Bernthal ... Daniel James
Susan Sarandon ... Joanne Keeghan
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Malik (as Michael K. Williams)
Rafi Gavron ... Jason Collins
Melina Kanakaredes ... Sylvie Collins
Nadine Velazquez ... Analisa
Benjamin Bratt ... Juan Carlos 'El Topo' Pintera
Lela Loren ... Vanessa
JD Pardo ... Benicio
David Harbour ... Jay Price
Harold Perrineau ... Jeffery Steele
Kyara Campos Kyara Campos ... Isabelle Matthews
James Allen McCune ... Craig
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Storyline

Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How far would you go to save your son?

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tanya Ballinger, the wife of director Ric Roman Waugh makes a brief cameo at the party in the beginning of the movie. Ballinger is probably best known for her role in a controversial 2003 Miller Lite commercial entitled "Catfight". See more »

Goofs

The "McMansion" belonging to character "John Matthews" (Dwayne Johnson) is supposedly in Missouri yet the front of the house is lined with palm trees. Palm trees don't exist in Missouri. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Craig: That party we just threw, there were over a thousand people there, bro.
Jason Collins: No way. Oh, my God. I can't wait to get up there.
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Connections

Featured in The Mask You Live In (2015) See more »

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Sleep When I'm Dead
Performed by Johnny Ringo
Written by Josh Pitner
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More like a TV movie, but really decent
22 May 2013 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I expected this to be a more physical type of movie, more suited to The Rock, but it actually wasn't that at all. He plays the role of a dad caught between two rival gangs: the DEA and a drug cartel. The stakes: get his son out from prison where he pretty much was tricked into entering.

The part that I felt most vividly about was this dirty aspect of the law called Minimum Mandatory Sentencing. A kid receives a package from a friend, filled with MDMA pills and then is caught by the police. The law required that he either rat somebody out or serve a minimum of 10 years in jail. That pretty much is the end of life for an 18 year old kid. I wonder, what if Dwayne Johnson's character would have been a tough muscle guy with a lot of guns? Wouldn't he feel it "mandatory" to kill at least two prosecutors?

The bottom line is that the movie had, beside the obvious thriller action bit, a deeper message about rigid laws that force, nothing more than the threats to your family that a gangster would use. I quite liked the film. The quality of it, though, was more like that of a TV movie. It must have been low budget, or at least it looked like that. Besides some of the names in the cast and the message I was talking about above, it was quite ordinary.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snitch See more »

Filming Locations:

El Paso, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,167,607, 24 February 2013

Gross USA:

$42,930,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,824,674
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