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Parker (2013)

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A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew's latest heist.

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Taylor Hackford

Writers:

John J. McLaughlin (screenplay), Donald E. Westlake (novel) (as Richard Stark)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Parker
Jennifer Lopez ... Leslie Rodgers
Michael Chiklis ... Melander
Wendell Pierce ... Carlson
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Ross
Bobby Cannavale ... Jake Fernandez
Patti LuPone ... Ascension
Carlos Carrasco ... Norte
Micah Hauptman ... August Hardwicke
Emma Booth ... Claire
Nick Nolte ... Hurley
Daniel Bernhardt ... Kroll
Billy Slaughter ... Ohio State Fair Security Guard Ben
Jon Eyez ... Jack
Carl J. Walker ... Ohio State Fair Accounts Manager (as Carl Walker)
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Storyline

Parker is a thief who has an unusual code. He doesn't steal from the poor and hurt innocent people. He is asked to join four other guys on a job. They pull it off flawlessly. They tell Parker that what they got can help them set up another job which will net them much more. But Parker doesn't want to join them and asks for his share. But they need it all so they try to kill him. They dispose of his body but someone finds him--he is still alive--and takes him to the hospital. After recovering he sets out to get back at the ones who tried to kill him, another one of his codes. Despite being told that they are working for a known mobster which he was not aware of, he still wants to go after them. He learns where they are and poses as a wealthy Texan looking to buy a house. So he hires a real estate agent, Leslie Rogers to show him around. He is actually trying to find out where they're holed up. And when he finds it, he sets out on his plan to get them. But when they learn he is alive, ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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To get away clean, you have to play dirty.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,008,222, 27 January 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,616,641

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,543,388
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first adaptation of a Richard Stark/Parker novel to use the character name Parker. Although the following movies are based on the "Parker" novels, the name was always changed: Point Blank (1967) (Walker), The Split (1968) (McClain), The Outfit (1973) (Macklin), Slayground (1983) (Stone) and Payback (1999) (Porter). See more »

Goofs

During the showdown between Parker and Hardwicke, Hardwicke's pistol is alternately cocked and uncocked between successive shots. See more »

Quotes

Parker: [in Southern accent] Daniel Parmitt. San Antonio, Texas.
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Connections

Referenced in Hitman (2016) See more »

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Corrido del Tigre Blanco
Written by Francisco Sarmiento (ASCAP)
Performed by Francisco Sarmiento
Courtesy of Music Dealers LLC
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I really wanted to like it
4 May 2013 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie so much, because I really think Jason Statham has some serious acting skills and he deserves some good scripts. Also the story is based on a book, so it should have been good.

Alas, it was not to be. And it has almost nothing to do with J-Lo being in the movie. The characters are bland, illogical in almost everything they do, even Parker, the Statham's character. Worst than that: they are unsympathetic. You have a lot of greedy people, some of them evil, some of them stupid, and apart from them is Parker, who is not greedy, just stupid. He puts everybody at risk for his own principles, he gets beat up and shot a few times and somehow he still walks. It's like Crank, but without anything fun in it.

I have to say I am a fan of Michael Chiklis, from Vegas, but his role was small and two dimensional. One dimensional, really, but I was going with the cardboard metaphor. You wanna know who was the most clear cut character, the one that did the job and was consistent? Daniel Bernhardt in the role of the Mafia killing machine.

So, bottom line: a waste of time and of good actors.


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