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Stone (2010)

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A convicted arsonist looks to manipulate a parole officer into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife in the lawman's path.

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John Curran

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jack
Edward Norton ... Stone
Milla Jovovich ... Lucetta
Frances Conroy ... Madylyn
Enver Gjokaj ... Young Jack
Pepper Binkley ... Young Madylyn
Sandra Love Aldridge ... Miss Dickerson
Greg Trzaskoma Greg Trzaskoma ... Guard Peters
Rachel Loiselle Rachel Loiselle ... Candace
Kylie Tarnopol Kylie Tarnopol ... Young Candace
Bailey Tarnopol Bailey Tarnopol ... Young Candace
Madison Tarnopol Madison Tarnopol ... Young Candace
Peter Gray Lewis ... Warden (as Peter Lewis)
Sarab Kamoo ... Janice
Richard Murphy Richard Murphy ... Guard #1
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Storyline

Parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton), a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially reluctant to indulge Stone in the coarse banter he wishes to pursue and feels little sympathy for the prisoner's pleas for an early release. Seeing little hope in convincing Jack by himself, Stone arranges for his wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), to seduce the officer, but motives and intentions steadily blur amidst the passions and buried secrets of the corrupted players in this deadly game of deception. Written by The Massie Twins

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some People Tell Lies. Others Live Them.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and violence, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La revelación See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,766, 10 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,796,024, 19 December 2010
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Norton spent time with real prisoners in the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. He adopted his character's accent and cornrow hairstyle from the prisoners. Norton inserted phrases he heard from the prisoners into the dialogue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Madylyn: Look at me.
Young Jack: Hmm?
Young Madylyn: I'm not standing for this.
Young Jack: Say what?
Young Madylyn: You keep my soul in a dungeon. I'm leaving.
Young Jack: [runs up the stairs, grabs his daughter out of bed, and holds her out the window] If you leave me, I'll throw her.
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Connections

Referenced in Maltin on Movies: No Strings Attached (2011) See more »

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Written by Gibby Haynes, King Coffey, and Paul Leary
Performed by Butthole Surfers
Published by Latino Buggerveil Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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I wish I got a story rather than messed up characters and a meaningless climax
16 November 2010 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Stone" is a messed up film. I would like to say that I don't know what the story was about, but that's not really true as it was a very simplistic plot. Edward Norton is a convicted criminal up for parole, overseen by parole officer Robert De Niro. It's not so much that the story is hard to understand, more so that nothing actually happens.

It's dialogue-heavy as Norton philosophizes his way to freedom, and it's supposed to be character-rich as we watch De Niro try to remain sane as both Norton and his wife Milla Jovovich work their angles on him. But these are just messed up characters that I knew less about at the end than I did at the beginning. The film has clear problems when the only somewhat likable character is the guiltless criminal Norton. But I would say it's bigger problems are with the fact that it's supposed to be a thriller, but all you have is De Niro and Norton jabbering back and forth until nothing is clear and very little of consequence or action occurs. There is even a religious undertone to the whole film, but I have no idea what they were trying to say with that.

I'm sure De Niro and Norton deliver great performances as they always do, but when their characters are poorly written and make no sense, you can't watch a film for the acting. The director was overly concerned with detail, framing every scene and adding nuance to each shot, which is great in some films, but in "Stone", it would have served him better to just try and tell a story from beginning to end.


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