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From Paris with Love (2010)

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In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

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Pierre Morel

Writers:

Adi Hasak (screenplay), Luc Besson (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Charlie Wax
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... James Reese
Kasia Smutniak ... Caroline
Richard Durden ... Ambassador Bennington
Bing Yin Bing Yin ... M. Wong
Amber Rose Revah ... Nichole
Eric Godon ... Foreign Minister
François Bredon François Bredon ... The Thug
Chems Dahmani Chems Dahmani ... Rashid (as Chems Eddine Dahmani)
Sami Darr ... The Pimp
Julien Hagnery Julien Hagnery ... Chinese Punk
Mostéfa Stiti Mostéfa Stiti ... Dir Yasin
Rebecca Dayan ... Foreign Minister's Aide
Michaël Vander-Meiren Michaël Vander-Meiren ... Airport Security Official
Didier Constant Didier Constant ... Customs Official
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Storyline

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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From the Director of 'Taken' See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

English | French | Mandarin | German

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iz Pariza s ljubavlju See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$52,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,158,860, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$24,077,427

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,840,139
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta's saying "check me!" Is a nod to the film The Taking of Pelham 123 which came out the previous year. See more »

Goofs

Reece says he has a 9mm at the back of his car, however the pistol in his car is actually a Beretta Px4 and the model in the movie is chambered in .45 ACP. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Reece: [accepts printout] Thank you, Cindy.
Secretary: Welcome...
James Reece: [reading] African Aid Summit prep meeting with the Foreign Minister tomorrow at noon, Summit Conference on Wednesday, G8 Undersecretary conference dinner on Thursday, and a reception for the Secretary of State Friday, sir.
Ambassador Bennington: Can't you see we have more urgent matters to consider, Reece?
[moves his queen]
James Reece: Of course, sir.
[counter moves his queen]
James Reece: Check.
Ambassador Bennington: Must you always be so methodical?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in From Paris with Love: Spies, Spooks, and Special Ops (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You with Me
Written by Quentin Smith, Christopher Sorense, Ryder Robison, Greg Daniels, Joe McChan, Adam Tymn
Performed by Vaux
Produced by Jacknife Lee
Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge
(c) Rock Buckle (SESAC), Florus (SESAC), Panther Attack (SESAC), Denver Rock City (SESAC), Broken Bones (SESAC), Ride the Boogie (SESAC)
(p) VAUX, LLC
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Surprising
26 March 2010 | by mr-paladinSee all my reviews

Please be gentle, this is my first review.

First of all, Travolta is back! Since Pulp Fiction, where I really enjoyed his play, I always had the feeling that his acting was about skin-deep. What happened in this movie is an invention of a new old-school action hero which would have stood in one line with Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenegger without trying to be one of them. He's powerful, funny and seriously "true" without being ridiculously over-torqued like in Pelham 123 or Face-off.

Basically you need to enjoy old-school action movies to like this. The storyline must have come to the writers mind while brushing his teeth in the morning - It's solid, well grounded, but a little bit too compressed for a 90 min movie. Concerning the speed of this movie, the camera work is fantastic and the cut allows to enjoy the action at it's fullest. (In the last years there were many movies of this type with a cut/camera like a flip-book with missing pages, which made them completely unenjoyable.)

I would like to see more movies of this type in the next years. It's not pretending to be more than what it is: Solid "hero-action" with a proper sidekick.


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