Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into an odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.

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David Cronenberg

Writers:

David Cronenberg (screenplay), Don DeLillo (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Eric Packer
Sarah Gadon ... Elise Shifrin
Paul Giamatti ... Benno Levin
Kevin Durand ... Torval
Abdul Ayoola ... Ibrahim Hamadou
Juliette Binoche ... Didi Fancher
Emily Hampshire ... Jane Melman
Bob Bainborough Bob Bainborough ... Dr. Ingram
Samantha Morton ... Vija Kinsky
Zeljko Kecojevic Zeljko Kecojevic ... Danko
Jay Baruchel ... Shiner
Philip Nozuka Philip Nozuka ... Michael Chin
Mathieu Amalric ... André Petrescu
Patricia McKenzie ... Kendra Hays
Ryan Kelly Ryan Kelly ... Rat Man #1
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On the spur of the moment, twenty-eight year old Manhattan self-made multi-billionaire Eric Packer decides he wants to get a haircut from his regular and longtime barber across town, a difficult journey today if only because of the traffic gridlock from three high profile but vastly different events taking place in the borough, including a wandering anarchist protest, they who largely use dead rats as their symbol of protest. Through his trek, Eric, most taking place in his stretch limousine, meets with several business associates - some with as esoteric job titles as Head of Theory - and personal acquaintances, including his several week bride, Elise, a wealthy woman in her own right with who he still has a somewhat distant relationship if only because they don't really know each other. The start of Eric's day ends much differently than the end as his personal fortune largely hinges on external forces in relation to a speculative currency transaction, and as he learns that someone is... Written by Huggo

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How far can he go before he goes too far?


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Rated R for some strong sexual content including graphic nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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David Cronenberg shot the scenes in chronological order. In the making-of documentary accompanying the film on DVD, the actors all appear in the same order as they appear in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Torval: Where?
Eric Packer: I wanna a haircut.
Torval: The president's in town.
Eric Packer: We don't care. We need a haircut. We need to go crosstown.
Torval: You will hit traffic that speaks in quarter inches.
Eric Packer: Just so I know. Which president are we talking about?
Torval: United States. Barriers will be set up. Entire streets deleted from the map.
Eric Packer: Show me my car.
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I Don't Want to Wake Up
Written by Emily Haines , James Shaw , Howard Shore
Performed by Metric
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Bad reviews due to wrong target audience, marketing.
26 October 2015 | by nm6369641See all my reviews

Cronenberg's Cosmopolis is an adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel. The Novel is accepted as unfilmable an as one of the few novels which composes a precise image of our zeitgeist. The movie is not just based on Cronenberg's clever written script that could be a marvellous play for theatres but also a well directed movie with a talented cast and gets the audience into the atmosphere of a Japanese surreal anime. Nonetheless the movie is a marketing mistake of its kind. The negative reviews that emphasis the main actor Robert Pattinson's ex-sanguine performance are not to understand, since he is exactly as vampire as his character Eric Packer, a 28 years old egoist with a lot of money. However the reason of the box-office flop can be understood. First reason is the difference of target groups: It is possible that neither real Cronenberg fans (because of the poster of Pattinson on the foreground) nor Pattinson fans (since it's not a teenage movie) had the intention to see the movie. Second reason is he wrong advertisement: The audience watches an action trailer but finds out it is a Japanese surreal anime. This masterpiece of art proves us that even sci-fi legend David Cronenberg can flop on box-office.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 May 2012 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,339, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$763,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,029,095
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