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The Foreigner (2017)

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A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

David Marconi (screenplay by), Stephen Leather (based on the novel "The Chinaman" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Leung ... Fan
Jackie Chan ... Quan Ngoc Minh
Rufus Jones ... Ian Wood
Mark Tandy ... Simpson
John Cronin John Cronin ... Denis Fisher
Caolan Byrne ... McCormick (as Caolán Byrne)
Donna Bernard Donna Bernard ... Channel A News Anchor
Aaron Monaghan Aaron Monaghan ... Pat Nugent
Niall McNamee Niall McNamee ... Patrick O'Reilly
Pierce Brosnan ... Liam Hennessy
Charlie Murphy ... Maggie / Sara McKay
Orla Brady ... Mary Hennessy
Lia Williams ... Katherine Davies
Michael McElhatton ... Jim Kavanagh
David Pearse ... Billy McMahon
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Storyline

The story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love - his teenage daughter - is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a Irish government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. Written by STXfilms

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Taglines:

Never push a good man too far See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | China | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Foreigner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,113,024, 15 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,393,507, 21 December 2017
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First movie directed by Martin Campbell after Green Lantern (2011). See more »

Goofs

During the telephone call following the first bombing, the IRA terrorist makes reference to the British occupation of 'Northern Ireland'. However very few Irish republicans, and certainly not one in the IRA, would refer to it as such. Instead they would call it 'The North Of Ireland'. See more »

Quotes

Quan Ngoc Minh: Politicians and terrorists, they are just 2 ends of the same snake.
Quan Ngoc Minh: What's the difference?
Liam Hennessy: There is a difference.
Liam Hennessy: One end bites and the other doesn't.
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Crazy Credits

The title is shown as a series of Asian-language characters before it changes into its English title. See more »

Alternate Versions

Chinese version of film has an extended fight scene and there are a few extra shots in the other fight scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Foreigner/Happy Death Day (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Retrato em Branco e Preto
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico Buarque
Performed by Stan Getz
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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An absolutely stunning thriller
2 October 2017 | by TheBigSickSee all my reviews

The film "The Foreigner" is a truly brilliant thriller that holds your breath from the first minute to the last minute. You never know what will happen and have to stare on the screen all the time. The makeup, sound mixing, action choreography, and acting performances are all top-notch. Jackie Chan perhaps gives his career-best performances, both physically and emotionally.

More specifically, there are two disparate story lines in "The Foreigner". The first is an action line, where Quan(Jackie Chan) seeks revenge after the death of his daughter, and the second story line is a political one, in which Hennessy(Pierce Brosnan), a former IRA member, gets involved in a complicated conspiracy. The two story lines progress in parallel in an extremely fast pace, and converge from time to time. The directing is just amazing in the sense that such a complex story can be told in less than two hours. Some action fans might get confused when they find out that only half of the film is about action, but the political story line only adds to the complexity and depth of the film, making it more relevant to real life.

In one word, I would give the film a 9/10 rating.


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