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Drive Angry (2011)

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A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.

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Patrick Lussier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Milton
Amber Heard ... Piper
William Fichtner ... The Accountant
Billy Burke ... Jonah King
David Morse ... Webster
Todd Farmer ... Frank
Christa Campbell ... Mona
Charlotte Ross ... Candy
Tom Atkins ... Cap
Jack McGee ... Fat Lou
Katy Mixon ... Norma Jean
Wanetah Walmsley ... American Indian Mother
Robin McGee Robin McGee ... Guy with Camera Phone
Fabian C. Moreno Fabian C. Moreno ... Latino Busboy (as Fabian Moreno)
Edrick Browne Edrick Browne ... Rookie
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Storyline

John Milton is up against the clock: Jonah King, the leader of a Satanic cult, has murdered Milton's daughter and kidnapped her baby. In three days, King and his followers will sacrifice the child at midnight. Milton picks up the trail in Oklahoma as well as rescuing a waitress named Piper from her brutal, two-timing fiancé. There are odd things about Milton: his driver's license is out of date, he has a very strange gun, and he's being pursued by a man in a suit who carries FBI ID and calls himself the Accountant. Piper, who's lived a life on the sidelines, has to piece things together on the fly as they close in on King. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All Hell Breaks Loose. See more »


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Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Candy is reading John Milton's driver's license at the Bull By The Balls bar, the D.O.B reads: 1-7-51. The month and the day is actor Nicholas Cage's actual birthday, however, Mr. Cage was born in 1964. The address is incorrect on the license as well, because there is NO 1034 W. 34th STREET, but there is a 1034 W. 34th PLACE, and the Chicago, IL ZIP code is 60608, not 60418 as stated on the driver's license. See more »

Goofs

In Fat Lou's Roadside Diner where Milton first sees Piper, the other waitress takes his order and he orders coffee "black, with sugar". There is already a coffee cup on the table and a sugar dispenser is already there. Then, as Piper quits her job and walks out, there is a shot of a lone coffee cup on the table and the sugar dispenser is gone. If Norma Jean had actually cleaned the table, the cup would be gone and the sugar dispenser would still be there. See more »

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[first lines]
The Accountant: Since the birth of time, humanity has endeavored to restrain evil men in prisons. But since Cain fled the murder of his brother, evil men have fled the walls of punishment. So, it doesn't matter if you're a bad-ass motherfucker on the run, because you think you're better than everyone else, and somehow entitled to do what you gotta do. No. Because you see bad-ass motherfuckers are never fast enough. In the end, they will all be accounted for.
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The end credits are shown down a speeding broken highway See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »

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Featured in Anime Abandon: Lady Death: The Motion Picture (2014) See more »

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Fuck the Pain Away
Written by Peaches
Performed by Peaches
Licensec Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
www.xlrecordings.com
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Review: Drive Angry 3D
25 February 2011 | by staff-577-378882See all my reviews

Milton (Nicholas Cage), long hair bleached and greased back with vengeance, tosses his duffel bag into the back of newly-met stranger Piper's (Amber Heard) Dodge Charger. With her hands shoved into her daisy barely dukes, the uncertainty in her gaze is lost on, or possibly ignored by, Milton. As he opens the door to get in:

Piper: "I don't pick up hitchhikers, you know."

Milton: "I wasn't stickin' out my thumb."

*car door slam*

This early scene sums up exactly what you're getting yourself into with the Nicholas Cage driven movie, Drive Angry. You've seen the trailers. You've experienced Cage's knack to play unhinged, surrealistic characters. This 70's throwback to the pulp, metal on metal, grindhouse era of film doesn't ask you if you want a ride. You jump in without invitation and only know one thing: you'd better strap in. And it's with this that Drive Angry does not disappoint.

Milton, in his '64 Riviera, has just escaped from imprisonment and is searching for a baby snatched from her mother by a devil-worshipping cult hellbent on a full moon sacrifice led by Jonah King (Billy Burke of The Twilight Saga), a southernly sadistic soothsayer. It seems Milton's own daughter was once stolen from him by the same cult and, well, he's experiencing a little road rage as he shoots his way through one lead to the next. Along the way, he joins up with Piper and her '68 Charger who's pretty looks pack a pretty punch and isn't afraid to gun and run. All the while they are being chased across 6 state lines by trigger happy cops and The Accountant (William Fichtner of Prison Break), a seemingly supernatural hunter looking to return Milton to his warm, warm prison. Throw in a '71 Chevelle, unapologetic bloodshed, and absolutely necessary explosions, and you have one darkly comedic, action fueled vehicle.

Drive Angry embraces the fact that it is ridiculous by nature which makes it very enjoyable. The over the top dialogue, car chases, and 3D shootouts really add to making this a midnight moviegoer's film. Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine 3D) aimed to keep the integral car sequences visceral and strayed away from CGI for a majority of the chases, though there is plenty of CGI elsewhere. Being an unabashed opponent to the influx of 3D in the cinema today, Drive Angry was filmed as a 3D film from the start and I actually liked it. Some shots were intentionally gimmicky which added to the humor, but the entire movie is a bit over the top and it flowed nicely.

Drive Angry makes no assumptions that it is anything but a popcorn-spilling, laugh-out- loud, violently raw roller coaster on its way no where near an Oscar. And it's better for it. If you don't mind having an arm shot and projected at your face while Nic Cage loses touch with reality, Drive Angry will provide an entertaining distraction from the repetitive daily commute.

3.5 seat belts out of 5

-MovieFloss.com


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,187,625, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$10,721,033

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,909,909
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