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With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access one hundred percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.

Director:

Neil Burger

Writers:

Leslie Dixon (screenplay), Alan Glynn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Cooper ... Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro ... Carl Van Loon
Abbie Cornish ... Lindy
Andrew Howard ... Gennady
Anna Friel ... Melissa
Johnny Whitworth ... Vernon
Tomas Arana ... Man in Tan Coat
Robert John Burke ... Pierce
Darren Goldstein ... Kevin Doyle
Ned Eisenberg ... Morris Brandt
T.V. Carpio ... Valerie
Richard Bekins ... Hank Atwood
Patricia Kalember ... Mrs. Atwood
Cindy Katz ... Marla Sutton
Brian Anthony Wilson ... Detective (as Brian A. Wilson)
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Storyline

An action-thriller about a writer who takes an experimental drug that allows him to use 100 percent of his mind. As one man evolves into the perfect version of himself, forces more corrupt than he can imagine mark him for assassination. Out-of-work writer Eddie Morra's (Cooper) rejection by girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) confirms his belief that he has zero future. That all vanishes the day an old friend introduces Eddie to NZT, a designer pharmaceutical that makes him laser focused and more confident than any man alive. Now on an NZT-fueled odyssey, everything Eddie's read, heard or seen is instantly organized and available to him. As the former nobody rises to the top of the financial world, he draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (De Niro), who sees this enhanced version of Eddie as the tool to make billions. But brutal side effects jeopardize his meteoric ascent. With a dwindling stash and hit men who will eliminate him to get the NZT, Eddie must stay wired long ... Written by Relativity Media

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What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Italian | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Fields See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,907,302, 20 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,249,455

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,849,455
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) refers to the fact that his father sold supplies and equipment to dental surgeries, the same job Charlie's father had in the novel "Flowers for Algernon", which was a possible inspiration for this film. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the fancy condo at the end, Gennady shakes his case of pills, saying he doesn't like getting this low (implying he still has some left). There is an audible rattle of pill inside. He then explains he transforms the pills to an inject-able form. Shortly after, when the fight is over, and Eddie needs a dose, he drinks the spilled blood.. ignoring the case with Gennady's remaining pill inside. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eddie Morra: Obviously I miscalculated a few things.
Man: [banging door] Eddie! I know you're in there.
Eddie Morra: Why is it that the moment your life exceeds your wildest dreams, the knife appears at your back? Well, I'll tell you one thing... I will never let them touch me.
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Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.150 (2011) See more »

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The Believers
Written by Mariqueen Maandig, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Performed by How to Destroy Angels
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Fantastic well done Bravo
1 April 2011 | by nabysdad-16-363997See all my reviews

I was skeptical at first about this movie, which is why I didn't go see it the week that it came out. I just figured it was all too obvious what would happen and to be honest some of that did happen yet they did the expected so well that it really didn't seem to make a big difference that I saw it coming a mile off. Which made the things that you didn't expect even better. I enjoyed this movie so much that I would do the unthinkable that I've done only once in all of my years, and that is pay to see it again at the theater. I may even buy a copy of it when it comes out on Blu Ray. THAT's how good this is. The acting was superb and what I enjoyed most is that finally someone knows how to end a movie. BRAVO


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