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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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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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They killed his family. Now justice is his vengeance. (UK Quad) See more »

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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:

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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

While Gerard Butler was originally signed and announced to play the role of Nick Rice, there are divergent stories about how Jamie Foxx took on that role and Butler was re-cast as Cylde Shelton. In one version, Foxx called the producers and asked if Butler would like to play Clyde Shelton instead, as he liked the role of Nick. When the producers approached Butler about playing Clyde, he thought about it for a second and reportedly said "Jamie as Nick... and me as Clyde? That would be awesome!" However, Butler also said in an interview that HE suggested the role switch between himself and Foxx via his role as a producer on the film. Butler also said that he initially regretted that this idea was implemented by the other producers, but added that the entire process worked out well for the project. See more »

Goofs

Detective Dunnigan explains to Nick that the armed robot used API rounds (armor piercing incendiary) ammunition and explains they're anti-tank rounds. Despite being a somewhat accurate description, .50 caliber API ammunition would be unable to pierce modern day tank armor. See more »

Quotes

Nick Rice: [standing in front of him with his arms crossed] The only problem with your theory is that Darby's body was found on your property.
Clyde Shelton: [while chained in a confinement cell] One of my many properties: an old abandoned warehouse, junkies' trespass there all the time. Isn't Darby involved the drug trade? That's an unsavory world, I bet you a jury would agree with that, or maybe someone was trying to frame me.
Nick Rice: There's a lot of assholes in prison that they thought they were smarter than me.
Clyde Shelton: Unless you ...
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Mr. Tambourine Man
Written by Bob Dylan
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A morality tale with plenty of action
19 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie that's extremely fun to watch in the theaters because you get to hear and see everyone's reaction to each of his killings. The best one had people actually saying loudly "wow" and "oh my god!".

What drew me to the movie was the fact that the hero wasn't going around killing people with his bare hands or face to face. He was doing it with his mind, with careful planning, and deft precision. That was something refreshing to see. I can totally relate to his feelings of anger over the flaws in the justice system and his desire to take matters into his own hands - to make things right.

The ending was disappointing but the rest of the film was not and I liked it overall.


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