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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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F. Gary Gray

Writer:

Kurt Wimmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Nick Rice
Gerard Butler ... Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney ... Detective Dunnigan
Bruce McGill ... Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb ... Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby ... Detective Garza
Gregory Itzin ... Warden Iger
Regina Hall ... Kelly Rice
Emerald-Angel Young Emerald-Angel Young ... Denise Rice (as Emerald Angel Young)
Christian Stolte ... Clarence Darby
Annie Corley ... Judge Laura Burch
Richard Portnow ... Bill Reynolds
Viola Davis ... Mayor
Michael Kelly ... Bray
Josh Stewart ... 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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The System Must Pay See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días de ira See more »

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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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| (director's cut)

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce McGill is the only actor of the top four male leads who has not been in a comic book adapted film. Jamie Foxx Starred in The amazing Spider-Man 2, Gerard Butler in 300, and Colm Meaney in Dick Tracy. See more »

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During a lethal injection scene three plungers are seen being pressed by a machine to inject the drugs, each in under one second. The largest peripheral venous catheters available have a maximum flow of about 350 ml per minute. The displayed amount of liquids could never have been administered in that short time. See more »

Quotes

Nick Rice: [In court] in light of Mr. Shelton's economic means and his potential flight risk, the egregious nature of both Mr. Darby's and Mr. Ames's deaths, the states that bail be denied, Your Honor
Judge Laura Burch: Seeing how you've waived your right to counsel Mr. Shelton, do you have anything to say?
Clyde Shelton: Yes I do, should I stand?
Judge Laura Burch: [from the judge's bench] Please.
Clyde Shelton: [to the judge] I'm a "law abiding citizen." I'm just a "regular guy." I am not a flight risk. This is my first alleged offense. The prosecution has not presented ...
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Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.52 (2009) See more »

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Bloodline
Written by Tom Araya (as Tomas Araya), Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman
Performed by Slayer
Courtesy of American Recordings, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
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Law Abiding Citizen is a thrill ride
15 October 2009 | by writefanSee all my reviews

This film is gory, but the gore is mostly suggested rather than shown. You can make up your own mind as to how gory you want it to be. Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) and Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) are excellent as "frenemies." They still sympathize with each other, in a way, as each teaches the other a lesson. Butler is excellent as the crushed father and husband who believes he must use his unique skills and talent to make an example of a justice system that has forgotten the victims. You sympathize with him even as he enacts his vicious lesson plan upon Foxx's coworkers. Foxx is an arrogant self-serving assistant district attorney who is only concerned with his conviction rate as he claws his way up the ladder in the justice system. He has forgotten the victims. But when he has a family of his own, he begins to see Clyde's point, yet he cannot give in to all of Clyde's demands to stop the carnage. Beautifully films in a noir tone with excellent timing on the stunts and effects. Law Abiding Citizen is an adrenaline-pumping experience. Bring your heart meds.


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