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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

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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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Taglines:

They killed his family. Now justice is his vengeance. (UK Quad) 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:

Law Abiding Citizen 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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

F. Gary Gray: The detective who hands Garza the evidence bag after the execution scene. See more »

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When Clyde was assaulted black in 1999 he was stabbed in his stomach. Later, When the Police capture him, he is naked, but there's no sign of scar in his abdomen. See more »

Quotes

Clyde Shelton: [In Nick's office] I didn't hear back from you and I made some notes on the case, some good ideas.
Nick Rice: Do you trust me?
Clyde Shelton: Yes, of course.
Nick Rice: Darby has agreed to testify against Ames with Darby's testimony. Ames will go to death row.
Clyde Shelton: What about Darby then?
Nick Rice: Darby will plead guilty of murder.
Clyde Shelton: In what degree?
Nick Rice: Third.
Clyde Shelton: Then he would only serve five years at best? I'm sorry I don't understand.
Nick Rice: We had a setback. The judge ruled the DNA evidence is inadmissible.
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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.
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A morality tale with plenty of action
19 October 2009 | by hyprsleepySee 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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