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The Samaritan (2012)

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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.


David Weaver


Elan Mastai (screenplay), David Weaver (screenplay)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Foley
Luke Kirby ... Ethan
Ruth Negga ... Iris
A.C. Peterson ... Miro
Gil Bellows ... Bartender Bill
Aaron Poole ... Jake
Tom McCamus ... Deacon
Martha Burns ... Gretchen
Deborah Kara Unger ... Helena
Tom Wilkinson ... Xavier
Rob Archer ... Vernon Hicks
Diana Leblanc ... Celia
Rufus Crawford ... Construction Foreman
Andrew Butcher Andrew Butcher ... Construction Worker
Frank Moore ... Walker


After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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You've got to know a secret to tell a secret.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Samaritan See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,744, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,744, 20 May 2012
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Samaritan was Samuel L. Jackson's character's nickname in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). See more »


Near the end of the film, when Iris is shot and needs a blood transfusion, Foley tells the doctor to use his blood because 'it will work.' However, parents are not automatically compatible blood donors to children. They could actually have different blood types which are incompatible. See more »


Iris: If you keep on doing what you've always done ,you'll keep on being what you've always been, nothing changes unless you make it change, I know what it sounds like but every morning that I wake up I think about what that really means .Nothing Changes Unless You Make It Change.
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Bring Back My Heart
Written & Performed by Martha Wainwright
Published by Nettwerk One Music Limited.
Courtesy of Maple Music Recordings Inc.
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User Reviews

A movie with an overused idea that really drug in the beginning but the last 15 minutes was pretty good. It's OK. I say C+.
10 July 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Nothing changes unless you make it change." After 20 years in prison for killing his friend Foley (Jackson) is out and is determined to go straight. Less then a day after being released he runs into some old friends and discovers the old life isn't easy to escape from and the only way out is to go back in. I have to start by saying that I have never been a Samual L. Jackson fan. I liked him in "Pulp Fiction" but he plays that character in every movie that he has done (except "Resurrecting The Champ"). This movie is no different, although for some of it he is toned down and isn't screaming every line. The movie itself is really not original. Guy gets out of jail and wants to go legit...meets people he used to know...has to pull off one last job...yada yada yada. While the ending of the movie is really good and helps the movie getting to the end is a struggle. Some parts are good while others are pretty boring and tends to drag on. There are really interesting plot points that are brought up and forgot about which makes no sense. The movie isn't all bad though and if you are a Sam Jackson fan you will really enjoy this one. For me the last movie he did "Meeting Evil" was much better. Overall, not a bad movie but nothing to rush and see. I give it a C+.

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