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The Book of Eli (2010)

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A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

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Albert Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers), Allen Hughes (as The Hughes Brothers)

Writer:

Gary Whitta
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Eli
Gary Oldman ... Carnegie
Mila Kunis ... Solara
Ray Stevenson ... Redridge
Jennifer Beals ... Claudia
Evan Jones ... Martz
Joe Pingue ... Hoyt
Frances de la Tour ... Martha (as Frances De La Tour)
Michael Gambon ... George
Tom Waits ... Engineer
Chris Browning ... Hijack Leader
Richard Cetrone ... Hijacker
Lateef Crowder ... Hijacker / Construction Thug
Keith Splinter Davis ... Hijacker (as Keith Davis)
Don Thai Theerathada ... Hijacker (as Don Theerathada)
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Storyline

In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book,... Written by Harry Jankel, London, England

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Taglines:

We walk by faith not by sight See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some brutal violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El libro de los secretos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,437,553, 17 January 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$94,835,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,107,755
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (as dts)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Eli encounters a group of road bandits, behind them is a tunnel structure with a bold 14:6 written on top. Being a post-apocalyptic movie, that writing can be referenced to an apocalyptic book in the Bible, Revelation. Revelation 14:6 (King James Version): "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people." See more »

Goofs

Blood stains can be seen on Eli's shirt as he leaves the saloon after his fight with Carnegie's henchmen. When we next see him wearing the shirt, the stains have vanished. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Woman Hijacker: Please, don't hurt me. Here, take anything you want. You want some food? Take it.
Eli: I'm not gonna hurt you.
Young Woman Hijacker: Yeah? That's what the last guy said. Could... could you help me? The wheel came off. I can't fix it. Maybe if I... if I could... but I can't.
Eli: You know the only good thing about no soap... is that you can smell hijackers a mile off!
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Crazy Credits

Aside from the title, there are no opening credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.84 (2010) See more »

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Greystone Chapel
(1968)
Written by Glen Sherley
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Strong visuals, weak plot.
11 June 2010 | by peachs-stephanieSee all my reviews

The Book of Eli has the potential to be a great film or complete rubbish depending on your expectations of what is to come. If you are looking for a film with some deeper meaning then I would not recommend it. However, if you are looking for a film with beautiful cinematography, solid acting and a little bit of fun action then you will be pleased.

The key in watching the film is to not buy into the plot too much, which is where the viewer is going to be disappointed. The ending is a little far fetched and I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Although I honestly don't see a particularly good ending for the basic premise of the film.

If you are able to put the silliness with the story behind you, the film is wonderfully done. There is great camera work with interesting angles and framing; the set showcases the contrast between the stark light of the sun and the shadows where humankind is hiding; and the acting makes you want to buy into the characters and their conflicts.

I would recommend seeing the film, just don't get too involved with the story. Instead concentrate on the acting and the scene.


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