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Old Boy (2013)

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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Doucett
... Marie Sebastian
... Adrian / The Stranger
... Chaney
... Chucky
... Haeng-Bok
... Dr. Tom Melby
... James Prestley
... Edwina Burke
... Cortez
... Browning
... Daniel Newcombe
... Donna Hawthorne
... Bernie Sharkey
... Stephanie Lee
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An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Written by FilmDistrict

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Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.


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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Oldboy  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$885,382, 27 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,162,593, 16 December 2013
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This was the penultimate film from FilmDistrict and the last film they released theatrically. See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Adrian are walking down a hallway to get Joe's daughter, the hallway is bathed in red lighting. The lighting is no longer red after they open a door and they're seen from another camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Burly Man: [playing crossword puzzle] 39 across, alter ego to Edmund Dantes.
Joe Doucett: Count of Monte Cristo
[Joe smashes his hammer in Marco's skull and screams]
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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 3 December 2013 (2013) See more »

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Joe's Cell Phone Ringtone - School Cue
Written and performed by Bruce Hornsby
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Even as a stand alone....it doesn't work.
27 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Woody acting and product placement ruined this movie for me. i'm not sure how he did it, but spike lee even manged to make 20 years in captivity feel rushed and uneventful. to elaborate further, there was ZERO character development, everything felt pushed along, including the 20 years in the room. he was just a pitiful alcoholic for YEARS, then "EPIPHANY", a five minute montage of getting clean and getting in shape annnnd he's out. there was no passion to it, there was no empathy that you get from the original, you don't feel sorry for him. he's just a sociopath on a revenge spree. although, i think the big ending twist was done well, the overall movie was a snooze fest. they even managed to make a pivotal scene, the hallway fight, BORING and pushed along.

everything the main character is, is because of that room, his life, his persona, his transformation, and his realizations. it had no heart. the subtlety and nuances of the original are just lacking. like i said, you you don't care about the characters, you're just waiting to see what happens next...and what made it even worse, is that i KNOW what's going to happen next, but dammit, i wanted my money's worth.


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