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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Rice
... Clyde Shelton
... Detective Dunnigan
... Jonas Cantrell
... Sarah Lowell
... Detective Garza
... Warden Iger
... Kelly Rice
Emerald-Angel Young ... Denise Rice (as Emerald Angel Young)
... Clarence Darby
... Judge Laura Burch
... Bill Reynolds
... Mayor
... Bray
... Rupert Ames (as Joshua Stewart)
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Storyline

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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16 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de ira  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,039,502, 18 October 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,343,413, 31 January 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,690,726, 12 August 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx both starred in movies where the White House is taken by terrorists. Butler in Olympus Has Fallen and Fox in White House Down. See more »

Goofs

Assuming the movie takes place in 2009, the seventh generation Honda Accord (introduced in 2003) seen behind Clyde as Clyde watches Nick shaking Darby's hand during the press conference in 1999 would not have existed. See more »

Quotes

Detective Dunnigan: [to Nick over the phone] that contraption used to kill them was a weaponized bomb disposal robot, it had video, night vision it fired military API's, that's anti-tank rounds. I think his saving you for last, you've got to get in front of this guy if you want to stay alive.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.71 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sin's a Good Man's Brother
Written by Mark Farner
Performed by Grand Funk Railroad
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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This was amazing!
13 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I went into this movie just wanting to watch Gerard because I love him as an actor. When I got in there, I realized that this was not going to be just any movie. This movie was kick ass and I am so glad that I went to see it. I would pay 10 times to go watch this movie in theaters. He really took it over the edge, and the quote that my friends and I are saying since then is "It's going to be biblical" They really make each scene one for the books with creative ideas and thrilling scenes that keep you wondering what will be in store. It is one of the few movies that my heart was racing and my mind was wondering what would happen next. I love it and cannot wait to see it again.


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