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The Limits of Control ()


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The story of a mysterious loner, a stranger in the process of completing a criminal job.

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The Lone Man
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The Creole
Jean-François Stévenin ...
The Frenchman
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The Waiter
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Man with Violin
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The Nude Woman
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The Blonde
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Molecules
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Man with Guitar
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The Mexican
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The Driver
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The American
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Second American
María Isasi ...
Flamenco Club Waitress
Norma Yessenia Paladines ...
Flight Attendant
Alejandro Muñoz Biggie ...
Street Kid (as Alexander Muñoz Biggie)
Cristina Sierra Sánchez ...
Street Kid
Pablo Lucas Ortega ...
Street Kid
La Truco ...
Flamenco Dancer
Talegón de Córdoba ...
Flamenco Singer
Jorge Rodriguez Padilla ...
Flamenco Guitarist
Jon Ánder Aguirrezábal ...
(as Jon Ander Aguirrezabal)
Miguel Alcíbar ...
(as Miguel Alcibar)
Francisco Álvarez de la Morena
Verónica Barberis
Santiago Bravo
Miguel Casas García
Richard Diment
Ángel Dominguez Duran
Adolfina Escoriza Cano
Miguel Gabin Álvarez
Felipe García
Pablo García Lloret
Juan Carlos Garrido
Saskia Gonzalez
Dolores Jimenez ...
(as Dolores Jiménez)
Mercedes Leoni
Jesús Losada Abadía
Rubén Quiñonez
Víctor Ariel Raigón
Ignacio Ramos
Ferran Rial ...
(as Ferrán Rial)
Henar Sánchez
Victor Vaquero
Alba María Villaneva
Carlos Martorell Ypiens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María José Rodríguez ...
(uncredited)

Directed by

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Jim Jarmusch

Written by

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Jim Jarmusch ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jon Kilik ... executive producer
Carter Logan ... associate producer: PointBlank Films
Gretchen McGowan ... producer
Stacey Smith ... producer
Carlos Balsera ... junior assistant producer (uncredited)
Yukie Kito ... executive producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Christopher Doyle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jay Rabinowitz

Editorial Department

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Chris Blacklock ... telecine colorist
Pete Conlin ... post-production
Molle DeBartolo ... digital intermediate coordinator
Mitchell Ferm ... digital intermediate producer
Elsa Fernández ... assistant editor
Joe Gawler ... digital intermediate colorist
Andrew Gori ... post-production assistant
Jonathan Hoffman ... post-production
Jack Lewars ... assistant digital intermediate colorist
Cam McLauchlin ... telecine operator
Miguel P. Gilaberte ... color timer: dailies
Perri Pivovar ... associate editor
John Potter ... video mastering
Mike Selemon ... assistant editor
Brian Boyd ... digital preview colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Eva Leira
Ellen Lewis
Yolanda Serrano

Production Design by

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Eugenio Caballero

Set Decoration by

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Pilar Revuelta

Costume Design by

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Bina Daigeler

Makeup Department

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Ainhoa Eskisabel ... makeup artist (as Ainhoa Esquisabel)
Manolo García ... hair designer (as Manuel García)
Ana Lozano ... makeup designer
Eva Quilez ... body makeup artist

Production Management

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Jane Nerlinger Evans ... executive in charge of production
Susan Lazarus ... post-production supervisor
Patricia Nieto ... production manager
Alberto Poveda ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Cristina Amengual Watson ... trainee assistant director (as Cristina Amengual)
Richard Diment ... second assistant director
Christopher Downs ... additional third assistant director
Adrian Grunberg ... first assistant director (as Adrian Grünberg)
Catalina Parra ... third assistant director
Ferran Rial ... second second assistant director (as Ferrán Rial)
Andrea Vázquez ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Juan José Alcalde ... carpenter
Francisco Artero ... carpenter
León Bigiu ... carpenter (as Leon Bigiu)
Savin Borgovan ... carpenter
Clara Cardona ... art department trainee
Carlos Compadre ... carpenter
Fernando Contreras ... construction manager
Danut Corci ... carpenter
Federico del Cerro ... prop buyer
Emil Dragota ... plasterer
Rafael Esposito ... painter
Daniel García ... plasterer
Verónica García ... assistant scenic artist
José Alberto Guerrero ... painter
Mikel Izaguirre ... swing gang (as Miguel Ángel 'Mikel' Izaguirre)
Amos Jurado ... carpenter
Gabriel Liste ... set designer
Ralph Lopez ... painter (as Rafael López)
Juan López ... plasterer
Ariel Margolis ... property master
Rudy Mercado ... scenic artist
Paula González Molinero ... art department assistant (as Paula González)
Raúl Monge ... concept artist
Rosa Pariente ... buyer
Leon Pop ... plasterer
Roi Prada ... props
Arturo Revuelta ... swing gang
Roberto Torralba ... swing gang
Juan Antonio Torrijos ... stand-by props (as Juan Antonio 'Torri' Torrijos)
Tomás Gómez ... props makers: artefacto crew (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Flo Ankah ... adr voice (Flight Attendant)
Laurent Boudaud ... re-recording mixer
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Brian Bowles ... adr editor
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Keith Culbertson ... sound re-recordist
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor
Mike Howells ... adr recordist (as Michael Howells)
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer
Drew Kunin ... sound mixer
Peter Murphy ... boom operator
Glenfield Payne ... foley editor / sound effects editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Steve F.B. Smith ... sound consultant: Dolby
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
David Wahnon ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Paul Yurt ... sound mix engineer

Special Effects by

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Pau Costa ... special effects
Javier H. Moneo ... special effects technician
Esteban Roma ... special effects technician
Raúl Romanillos ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Daniel Abramovich ... digital compositor
Glenn Allen ... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Justin Ball ... digital artist: senior systems engineer: Brainstorm Digital
Ella Boliver ... digital compositor
Benjamin Bratt ... digital artist
Nicholas Cerniglia ... digital artist
Aaron Chiesa ... digital artist
Matthew Conner ... matte painter/compositor
Molle DeBartolo ... digital intermediate coordinator
Richard Friedlander ... visual effects producer: Brainstorm Digital
Manuel Rey Gonzalez ... digital compositor
Chris MacKenzie ... smoke artist
John Mangia ... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Indah Maretha ... digital artist
Anthony Meschi ... digital artist
Eric J. Robertson ... visual effects supervisor: Brainstorm digital
Chris 'Pinkus' Wesselman ... digital compositor: Brainstorm Digital
Jun Zhang ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Ignacio Carreño ... stunt coordinator
Diego Herberg ... stunts
Eduardo Moratilla ... stunt performer
Juan José Rodríguez ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Águeda Balogh ... additional photography
Víctor Benavides ... trainee camera (as Victor Benavides)
José Luis Bernal ... focus puller: second unit
Eduardo Cabrera ... electrician
Javier Casado ... electrician
Miguel Ángel Cárdenas ... gaffer
Sergio Delgado ... first assistant camera
Julio Fernández Santa ... key grip
Pipo Fernández ... still photographer
Alberto González ... assistant camera (as J. Alberto González)
Falkwyn Goyeneche ... video assistant
Teresa Isasi ... still photographer (as Teresa Isasi-Isasmendi)
Francisco Izaguirre ... electrician
Rain Li ... director of photography: second unit (as Kathy Li)
Rodrigo López ... second assistant camera
Javier Merino ... grip (as Francisco Javier Merino)
Pipo Rivas ... grip
José Sacristán ... electrician
Iván Sequeira ... best boy grip

Casting Department

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Beatriz Bartolomé ... casting assistant: Spain
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting
Eva Leira ... casting: Spain
Ashley Jade Parkes ... extras casting assistant
Meghan Rafferty ... casting associate: NY
Yolanda Serrano ... casting: Spain

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Laia Lipp ... wardrobe trainee
Carlos Javier Martín ... tailor (as Carlos Martín)
Karin Quijada ... wardrobe: stand-by
Eva Salas ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Rubén Gómez ... assistant location manager
Ignacio Lozano ... assistant location manager (as Ignacio 'Nacho' Lozano)
Alberto Poveda ... location manager
Teddy Villalba ... assistant location manager (as Tadeo 'Tedy' Villalba)

Music Department

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Boris ... composer: theme music
Michio Kurihara ... musician
Carter Logan ... composer: additional music
Jay Rabinowitz ... music editor
Sqürl ... composer: additional music (as Bad Rabbit)
Shane Stoneback ... music recordist
Ohtani Takeshi ... musician (as Takeshi)
Mizuno Yoko ... musician (as Wata)

Other crew

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Ana Belén Abella ... production office assistant
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Maralyn Causley ... script supervisor
J. John Corbett ... title designer
Stéphanye Dussud ... adr voice
John Eccleston ... financial controller
Duck Grossberg CSI ... data manager (as Duck Grossberg)
Samson Jacobson ... office intern
Antonia Juanes ... production secretary
Gabriella Ludlow ... production legal
Liz Modena ... assistant accountant
Isabelle Neron ... production office assistant
David Ocaña ... production assistant: additional
Ana Palacios ... production coordinator
Léa Rinaldi ... behind the scenes director
Yan Ming Shi ... Tai Chi Master
Abi Sila ... production accountant (as Esther Abi Sila)
Hayley Stahl ... intern
Teddy Villalba ... assistant to location manager
Álvaro Villalba ... key set production assistant
Colin Walker ... office intern
William Welsh ... production assistant
Ryan Young ... office intern

Thanks

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Pedro Almodóvar ... personal thanks
Olatz Arroyo ... thanks
Elena Calvo ... thanks
Sandro Kopp ... thanks
Marisa Paredes ... personal thanks
Margrit Polak ... thanks
Sandy Wilson ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A solitary man who does not speak Spanish is an underground courier. Two men who are both thuggish and philosophical send him to Madrid with cryptic instructions. Over the course of a few days, he receives his instructions from a series of distinctive individuals who provide words of philosophy or of warning and also give him a matchbox with a tiny piece of paper, which he reads then eats, accompanied by espresso served in two cups. He is quiet, self-contained, focused on his work. He has rules. He encounters and at times transmits a violin, diamonds, a guitar, and a map. Is he a smuggler? Merely an independent conduit? Or, something else? Written by

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Taglines For every way in, there is another way out. See more »
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Also Known As
  • No Limits No Control (United States)
  • The Limits of Control - Der geheimnisvolle Killer (Germany)
  • Los límites del control (Spain)
  • Предел контроля (Russia)
  • Kontroliuojamos ribos (Lithuania)
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  • 116 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $55,820, 03 May 2009

Did You Know?

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Trivia The Finnish film, to which Guitar refers, is La Vie de Bohème (1992) by director Aki Kaurismäki, a friend of Jim Jarmusch. See more »
Goofs When the Lone Man travels from Madrid to Sevilla, he enters a S 100 AVE train set. But the interior shots are clearly done in a S 103 (Velaro E), a totally different - and much newer - type of train. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009). See more »
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Crazy Credits "NO LIMITS NO CONTROL" at the end of the closing credits See more »
Quotes Blonde: Are you interested in films, by any chance? I like really old films. You can really see what the world looked like, thirty, fifty, a hundred years ago. You know the clothes, the telephones, the trains, the way people smoked cigarettes, the little details of life. The best films are like dreams you're never sure you've really had. I have this image in my head of a room full of sand. And a bird flies towards me, and dips its wing into the sand. And I honestly have no idea whether this image came from a dream, or a film. Sometimes I like it in films when people just sit there, not saying anything.
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