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Prisoners (2013)

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When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

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Denis Villeneuve
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Jackman ... Keller Dover
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Detective Loki
Viola Davis ... Nancy Birch
Maria Bello ... Grace Dover
Terrence Howard ... Franklin Birch
Melissa Leo ... Holly Jones
Paul Dano ... Alex Jones
Dylan Minnette ... Ralph Dover
Zoë Soul ... Eliza Birch
Erin Gerasimovich ... Anna Dover
Kyla-Drew ... Joy Birch (as Kyla-Drew Simmons)
Wayne Duvall ... Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou ... Father Patrick Dunn
David Dastmalchian ... Bob Taylor
Brad James ... Officer Carter
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Storyline

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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A hidden truth. A desperate search. See more »


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Rated R for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Three of the main actors in the film have been seen in Marvel movies. Hugh Jackman famously plays Wolverine/Logan in the X-Men Series, Terrence Howard starred as Rhodey in Iron Man (2008) (before being replaced by Don Cheadle in the films sequels), and Jake Gyllenhaal played Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). In addition, Viola Davis has appeared in the DCEU as Amanda Waller in Suicide Squad (2016). See more »

Goofs

Loki finds a victim he believes has been injected with a drug. He looks at the vial briefly before throwing it on the ground and taking the victim away for treatment. Nobody with his training would have thrown the vial away; the label would identify the drug and strength, and give a clue as to the amount used, all helpful for successful treatment. See more »

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[first lines]
Keller Dover: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
Ralph Dover: [shoots a deer]
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Underrated Films of All Time (2016) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Music by John Stafford Smith
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More than just one meaning
2 June 2014 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

If you think of someone being a prisoner, you automatically might think of someone behind bars. But apart from a physical prison, a prisoner can also be trapped mentally, either by his own doing or by someone else. This movie that starts off pretty light gets very heavy. And it is carried by its actors. Gyllenhalls characters might seem odd and out of place at the beginning, even like a cardboard cutout. But he does have more to do as the movie progresses.

Still front row seat is Hugh Jackman. And while some might argue that a female should have a bigger role in this, you only have so much time to tell a story. And this is perfectly told and cut together. It might not fit your description of entertainment (and I don't think the filmmaker would love it described as such), but the movie is really great. If you like dramas in general you should be cherishing this .... and you will.

We have a few grey areas that we visit and the ending did not satisfy everyone (I know from friends). But the movie could not have ended any other way (in my book). Superb movie one of the best released in 2013


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisoners See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,817,053, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$61,002,302

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,126,687
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1.85 : 1
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