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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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Law Abiding Citizen is a movie starring Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, and Leslie Bibb. 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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How do you stop a killer who is already behind bars? See more »

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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)  »

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Días de ira  »

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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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The character "Bill Reynolds" was named after the real Bill Reynolds, of Reynolds K-9, who supplied the police dogs for the film. See more »

Goofs

Correctional officers of the PA Department or Corrections wear gray and black uniform shirts, not white. White is reserved for lieutenants and higher ranks. See more »

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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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Engine Number 9
Written by Chino Moreno (as Chino Camilo Moreno), Chi Cheng (as Chi Cheng),
Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham
Performed by Deftones
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Like a great relationship gone bad
27 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This reminds me of the start of a great relationship, starts out wonderful, continues to grow, and then out of nowhere, BAM, it ends and you are left wondering what just happened.

As so many other reviewers have stated, it starts out with great suspense, originality, and creativity, and somewhere in the last 20 minutes, you are left wondering, did it really just end that way? Ouch! I found myself incredibly disappointed.

We all love Jaime Foxx's funny side, but really wanted to see something else happen to him in this film. I get the idea of the end, that he learned his lesson so to speak, but it was still really weak for what it could have been.

However, I'll still give it an 8 as it kept me quite intrigued throughout...so hard to find these days in a quality film.


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