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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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They took his daughter. He'll take their lives. See more »

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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Liam Neeson performs many of his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

When Bryan's friends come over for a barbecue, they are drinking Newcastle Brown Ale. However, as seen particularly with Sam's beer, the contents are too clear to be that particular brand of beer. 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

The distributor made minor changes to secure a 15 certificate for the UK theatrical release. The UK theatrical cut is the same as the International Cut except for the torture scene, which was replaced with the PG-13 version to secure a 15 certificate. In the PG-13 version, clamps are attached to the chair. In the International Cut, they're attached to spikes which are stabbed into the victim's legs. The uncut International Cut was released with an 18 certificate on video. This censored UK version was also released theatrically in Ireland with a 15A certificate. The extended torture scene didn't affect the certificate on video, and the uncut International Cut was also released with a 15 certificate in Ireland (cinema and video certification systems are different in Ireland - a 15A at the cinema is equivalent to a 15 on video). See more »

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Inside My Head
Written by Pauline De Saxe, Jonathan Latorre
Performed by Pauline De Saxe
(c) Tms Sl
(p) 2007 - Soundjuice Records / Tms Sl
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Neeson is the vodka of James Bond's martini
13 July 2008 | by danube83See all my reviews

The most thrilling movie I've seen in a long time. Neeson is what we would fear if James Bond went to hell and came back for revenge (I doubt big budget Quantum of Solace will top this). I loved Jason Bourne; but where Bourne is confused for half the movie, Neeson is looking down a barrel of a pistol 3/4 of the time. In a three way spy battle, I would put Neeson edging out Bourne, who would be a step ahead of Bond.

Between the jaw-dropping action sequences was the subject matter of international trafficking, which was pretty miserable to watch. Although killing is wrong, death was never more satisfying to watch.


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