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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace ... Kim
Leland Orser ... Sam
Jon Gries ... Casey
David Warshofsky ... Bernie
Holly Valance ... Sheerah
Katie Cassidy ... Amanda
Xander Berkeley ... Stuart
Olivier Rabourdin ... Jean-Claude
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins ... St-Clair
Famke Janssen ... Lenore
Marc Amyot Marc Amyot ... Pharmacist
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Marko
Radivoje Bukvic ... Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
Mathieu Busson Mathieu Busson ... Undercover Agent
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Storyline

Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

His daughter was taken. He has 96 hours to get her back. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Albanian | Arabic

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búsqueda implacable See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,717,037, 1 February 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$145,000,989, 5 July 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,830,568, 5 July 2009
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All of Liam Neeson's character's ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in "spy" or "cop thriller" television shows and movies. Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender (1996), Leland Orser was in both The Pretender (1996) and 24 (2001), and David Warshofsky had appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows. See more »

Goofs

Some men at the construction site wear hard hats that are not available or permitted in France. But seeing how the site is also the place for some VERY illegal trafficking-, narcotics- and prostitution crimes, it is not unlikely the men working there were also criminals and/or illegal immigrant workers who had brought their own equipment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Singh: Mr. Mills, how are you?
Bryan: I'm fine. How are you?
Singh: Very fine. I suppose you want to see it again?
Bryan: If you don't mind.
Singh: You know where it is.
Bryan: Oh yeah.
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Alternate Versions

Some of the shoot outs, the torture scene and some fisticuffs have been shortened in length for the film's US release to secure a PG-13 rating. The run time difference to the international version is about three minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Sweet Revenge (2010) See more »

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Performed by Joy Denalane feat. Lupe Fiasco
Written by Curtis Mayfield (as C. Mayfield), Ben Krass (as B. Krass), Joy Denalane (as J. Denalane), Max Herre (as M. Herre), Sekou A. Neblett (as S. Neblett), Lupe Fiasco (as W. Jaco)
(c) Chi-Sound Music (Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing) / BMG UFA Musikverlag GmbH & BMG Songs / Edition Red Black & Green / Edition Soulguerilliero / Heavy as Heaven Music c/o Universal Music Publishing MGB France
Contains sample from "I Want to Go Back" by Curtis Mayfield and Ben Krass
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
(p) 2006 Nesola GmbH
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment France
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Probably the fastest 93 minutes of my life !
26 April 2008 | by talanishSee all my reviews

Wow - I had already read reviews of this movie, and with the writer being one of my favourite directors, Luc Besson, I just had to go see this movie as soon as possible...

I was not disappointed... I'm not sure if this was intentional but there were no trailers before the movie, so being thrown strait into the film unexpectedly with people whispering "is this it then ?" only helping build up some initial tension and excitement.

The film starts nicely, but with overtones of spy thrillers like "Day of the Jackal" coming to mind. Neeson seems a bit pityful at the start, but soon overturns that impression with a taste of his handywork after around ten minutes of the thriller.

Then, before you know it, it's over. 93 minutes, gone in a blur of fighting, fear, chasing and excitement at serious pace. The artwork and direction is nicely done, giving you the feeling of being the one attacking and the chair squirming feeling of being the poor gits who get annihilated in almost every way possible.

It was one of those films that I wanted to applause after the film, I actually clapped about three times, but no-one joined in... too afraid of being the only two people clapping I suppose...

Neeson was great, and I can't wait to see the movie many more times. I only gave it 9 out of 10, as it was too short ! The film could have been easily stretched to 2 hours in my opinion, with some more development and intimacy with the characters. But I guess this may have not made it so exciting... still, well worth the money to see this in the big screen.


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