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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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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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Trivia

Liam Neeson has stated in interviews that the biggest misunderstanding that people seem to take from the movie is that Europe (and France in particular) is a place where young people are at high risk of being abducted by human traffickers. He has said that several American parents thanked him after the movie for warning them of the dangers, saying they would no longer allow their children to go an a trip to France. Neeson always takes time to explain that the dangers were highly exaggerated for the film, and tells parents that they should encourage their children to get out of the USA more often. See more »

Goofs

When Bryan attacks the construction site, no one knows what he looks like, yet they know who to shoot. They could know each other by sight. Bryan, who is several inches taller, with much fairer skin and hair, stands out as someone who shouldn't be there. 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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The Dragster Wave
Performed by Ghinzu
Written by John Stargasm (as Stargasm), Poe, Ghinzu
From the album "Blow" by Ghinzu (www.ghinzu.com)
(c) Contemporary Art
(p) 2003 Dragoon (Contemporary Art)
Courtesy of Barclay and Universal Music Vision, a Universal Music Publishing France Division
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brilliantly executed film
13 July 2008 | by mitrismasterSee all my reviews

First thing to say is, this is a great and fun movie from beginning to end. If you like the Bourne titles then you will love this movie. The fighting style and the way things get done is similar to Matt Damon's character and it doesn't get old and is interesting and great to watch throughout the whole film.

The movie has a similar plot to other action thrillers, but even though you may know the outcome, it is the journey that counts in this movie. It is the way he does what he does, the way that he fights and overcomes problems that draws you into the movie and makes this movie so great to watch.

Liam Neeson is such a great cast for the main character, he delivers an outstanding performance. I love to see an actor that can portray themself in anyway, a good guy or a bad guy and in this film he fights for his daughter and he will not stop for anything. You love to watch him seek revenge and feel for him the whole time, maybe just because its Liam Neeson, can you help yourself from loving this guy? He is such a great actor and shows himself as a badass with charm.

Great, great , greatness i loved this movie so much and had great fun watching it. If you love the bourne titles you must see this movie. All i can say is its so much fun to watch it, love it and go check it out.


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