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Dolan's Cadillac (2009)

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A young man attempts to seek to avenge his wife's death after she is murdered by a Las Vegas mobster.


Jeff Beesley


Richard Dooling (screenplay), Stephen King (short story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Dolan
Emmanuelle Vaugier ... Elizabeth
Wes Bentley ... Robinson
Greg Bryk ... Chief
Aidan Devine ... Roman
Al Sapienza ... Fletcher
Karen LeBlanc ... Delta
Cory Generoux Cory Generoux ... Pedro
Vivian Ng Vivian Ng ... Jun Li
Patrick Bird Patrick Bird ... Jose
Eugene Clark ... Tink
Max Keene Max Keene ... Danny
Robert Benz Robert Benz ... Sheriff Bob
Tim Allen Tim Allen ... Marshall (as Timothy Allen)
Amy Matysio ... Amy


In Las Vegas, school teachers Robinson and his wife Elizabeth are trying for a baby. While horse riding through the desert one evening, Elizabeth witnesses the execution of two coyotes and an illegal immigrant by the human trafficker Jimmy Dolan and decides to report the incident to the police. However, she loses her cellular and Dolan finds it, tracks her address down and threatens her. Elizabeth goes to the FBI with Robinson and they move to a safe house under the protection of two agents. When Elizabeth sneaks from the house to buy pregnancy tests, her car explodes and she dies. Robinson decides to avenge Elizabeth's death. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK


English | Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

1 April 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarny Cadillac See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sylvester Stallone was originally slated to play the role of Jimmy Dolan. He was later replaced with Christian Slater. Kevin Bacon was originally going to be Robinson and Stacy Title was going to direct. Bacon was also offered the lead in another movie based on a Stephen King novel with Christine, a story also centered around a car. See more »


The second time it shows Robinson target shooting in the desert, he is shown loading his gun. When the cylinder is closed there is one empty chamber, meaning that he only has four shots loaded in this five shot gun. When he starts shooting at the target, however, he shoots five times. See more »


Robinson: Do you ever have one of those moments where everything... I mean, everything in the universe makes perfect sense? Everything just falls into place?
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Hold On
Performed by Crystal Kay
Written by Joey Carbone
Composed by Anthony Mazza, Christine Kellogg, Ron Harris
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Not the best adaptation of Stephen King... but not the worst
17 May 2010 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I feel I should start the review by saying whether I had previously read the Stephen King short story before watching this movie. As a matter of fact, I had. I didn't find it one of his better stories, namely because the story early on reveals exactly what the protagonist is planning, and subsequently does it. No surprises or twists. The screenplay for this movie does fix this, not revealing what the protagonist is planning until it happens (though there are a few hints along the way.) However, the screenplay does still have some flaws. It runs too long, a pitfall many movies adapted from short stories have. There are many scenes with Dolan that don't seem necessary. And there are some plot holes, like how the protagonist got Dolan's cell phone number.

Another flaw is with Slater. He tries REALLY hard, enough that he deserves an "A" for effort. But he's still the last person you'd imagine to be a gangster. Had someone older and more weathered been in his role, I think the movie would have worked better.

Still, there is some merit to be found. The production values are really good - this is one shot-in-Canada movie that actually manages to make you think it was shot in the United States. And the last half hour of the movie is very good, tense and gripping. If you can't find a better movie, and have the patience to sit through a so-so first hour for a really good last half hour, then I would recommend this movie.

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